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June 26, 2016

What will be the impact of Brexit on international student mobility?

The impact of Brexit on the global student mobility is going to be far reaching. With nearly 10% market share of globally mobile students, the United Kingdom is the second largest destination for international students. British higher education institutions enrolled 436,585 students in 2014. These international students formed nearly one out of every six student enrolled in the UK.

One of the prime reason for the growth in international student enrollment had been the mobility within Europe. In addition to quality, proximity, lower of cost education for EU students and common European Higher Education Area supported the growth of EU students which formed 29% of all international students in the UK. EU students were more likely to enroll in undergraduate degree programs.

Non-EU countries form 71% of international students. In last few years, the numbers of international students from non-EU countries have been stagnating on declining. For example, the number of Indian students coming to the UK declined by 18% from 2012-13 to 2014-15. China, the largest source country forming 29% of all non-EU students grew at a much slower pace of 7% in the same period. Non-EU students are more likely to enroll in postgraduate programs at master's level as compared to EU students.

Post-recession, UK policies have been making it consistently more difficult for international students to study and stay in the UK. For example, Post Study Work visa which allowed non-EU students to work for two years in the UK was abolished in 2012. With the strong anti-immigration stance of Brexit and an uncertain economic impact, many international students would start considering alternative destinations including some of the EU countries which have launched English-taught master's programs.

Despite the quality and value offered by many British universities, the negative perceptions and uncertainties triggered by Brexit will hurt international enrollment at these institutions.

In July, I will be in Liverpool to deliver a plenary with Erich Dietrich of NYU on Global Citizenship and Student Success at The British Universities' International Liaison Association (BUILA), a membership organisation of 139 the UK higher education institutions and over 2,000 international recruitment and promotion professionals at UK higher educational institutions. I will be reporting more from the conference.

- Dr. Rahul Choudaha

Data on Mobility and International Students in the UK
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June 14, 2016

NAFSA Webinar: Co-presenting on Key Considerations and Strategies for Pathway Programs

research, strategies and best practices on pathway partnerships for recruiting and growing international student enrollment NAFSA DrEducationNAFSA: Association of International Educators will be hosting live e-Learning Seminar "Pathway Programs: Key Considerations and Strategies" on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (EST).

It will discuss different models of pathway partnerships and identify key considerations when making assessments and decisions on partnering with program providers. The event will offer a variety of ideas, examples, and resources that can be used to engage campus stakeholders in determining the appropriate strategy suited for the campus context.

I will be co-presenting with Mihaela N. Metianu, Director of international student and scholar services, Florida Atlantic University and Shannon Paul, Adelphi University, Director of international admissions.

As the principal researcher of the NAFSA Commissioned Research - "Landscape of Pathway Partnerships in the United States", I will present the preliminary findings of the Phase-1 focused on definition, typology and institutional characteristics of existing partnerships. Mihaela and Shannon will focus on bringing relevant perspectives related to their experiences in working with pathway providers.

The content will be relevant to those working in international student services; recruitment and admissions; intensive English programs; campus internationalization; and international education leadership.

- Dr. Rahul Choudaha
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June 12, 2016

Presenting at AIEC Melbourne on Three Megatrends Shaping the Future of International Student Mobility

I have been invited by The Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) to speak on the theme of "connectivity at the heart of international education" with a broad focus on technology, people and partnerships. The conference will take place from October 18-21, 2016 in Melbourne.

I will be speaking on "Three Megatrends Shaping the Future of International Student Mobility" and illustrate the evolution, importance and implications of these megatrends for institutional strategies by addressing following questions:
- What is the impact of demographic and economic shifts regarding diverse needs and expectations of students?
- How is technology impacting the decision-making process and the mobility of international students?
- How are innovative models of institutional partnerships expanding choices for international students?


On average, 1150 attendees from over 400 organisations attend the conference each year with approximately 16 per cent of attendees coming from overseas. The conference will cover following broad tracks:
  • Admissions
  • Business development and strategy
  • Graduates, skills and employment
  • Learning and teaching
  • Marketing and communication
  • Mobility
  • Pathways
  • Policy and regulatory environment
  • Students
  • Transnational education
International Research Roundtable will also take place on Tuesday, 18, 2016. The Roundtable is  facilitated by IEAA’s Research Committee and the International Education Research Network (IERN).

I will be tweeting about the conference highlights with #AIEC2016 from @DrEducationBlog.

Look forward to attending AIEC.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha

Plenary speaker on global higher education trends and student mobility Dr Rahul Choudaha DrEducation at AIEC

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June 05, 2016

Presenting on International Student Success at NASPA Region II Conference

NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, with its 15,000 members is the leading professional association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession.

On June 5-7, NASPA Region II Conference will be held in New York City, at Jone Jay College of Criminal Justice. Over 600 higher education professionals will connect and share with each other new information, innovative ideas, and collaborative projects in advancing support and services to students at diverse colleges and universities.

I’m sure many are looking forward to meeting Dr. Kevin Kruger, NASPA President, and Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, The University of Pennsylvania at the conference.

I will be chairing a session on "Supporting International Student Success" on Monday, June 6.

Di Hu chairing session at NASPA on Supporting International Student Success interEDGE DrEducationHere is the abstract: As the number of international students grow on many campuses, student affairs professionals are facing increasing demand for support services and strategies that are cost-efficient, scalable and sustainable to serve this diverse group of students. Collaboration across campus for shared resources and programming becomes critical in achieving these goals. This interactive session will discuss strategies and experiences from three different perspectives--Office of International Student and Scholars Services, Academic Advising and Career Services.
The co-presenters are:

  • Erika Rohrbach, Director of International Student Services, Fashion Institute of Technology 
  • Leah McNally, Academic Advisor-International, Pace University 
  • Vyju Manian, Senior Associate Director, Center for Career Education, Columbia University 

I look forward to participating at the conference and will be tweeting @iStudentCoach. Here is the twitter handle for NASPA Region II.

- Di Hu
Co-founder, DrEducation and interEDGE.org
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