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November 07, 2016

Data on mobility of international students to and from India

How many Indian students go to study abroad every year? How many international students come to study in Indian universities and colleges?statistics and analysis of how many Indian students go abroad and international students in Indian higher education
It is often reported in media that somewhere between 200,000 -400,000 Indian students go abroad every year. It is incorrect due to misinterpretation of the data. The UNESCO Institute of Statistics reports enrollment data on degree-seeking internationally mobile students.

According to the last data available for 2014, nearly 234,00 Indian students were enrolled in different parts of the world. Here enrollment refers to students in various stages of their educational program and not just the first year students (new enrollment). Assuming that majority of the Indian students are pursuing two-year master's program, the total number of students going abroad every year will be around 100,000.

Most of the international students studying in Indian universities and colleges come from the neighboring countries inAsia and the Middle East. Given that Indian institutions are allowed to enroll additional 15% students from overseas, there is an increasing interest among some institutions to proactively recruit international students. The Government of India is also keen on elevating the visibility and attractiveness of India for foreign students.

I will be participating in a panel at FICCI Conference to discuss opportunities, challenges, and strategies in recruiting international students for Indian institutions.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha
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November 04, 2016

Making India as a destination of choice for international students: Institutional strategies and best practices

12th FICCI HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT will take place from November 10-12, 2016 in Delhi. The overarching theme of the conference is opportunities and challenges for attracting foreign students to India.

I will be participating in a session "Making 'Learn in India' Happen!" which will deliberate on making India the preferred choice of study for the international students. The panel comprises of following speakers:

  • Dr Rahul Choudaha, CEO, DrEducation, USA 
  • Prof Furqan Qamar, Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities (AIU) 
  • Mr Rakesh Ranjan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) 
  • Mr Daniel C. Stoll, Associate Dean, Georgetown University 
  • Dr G Vishwanathan, Chancellor, VIT
  • Dr Vidya Yeravdekar, Vice Chancellor, Symbiosis University 

I will focus three critical success factors for institutions:

  • Understanding diverse segments of international students 
  • Investing in international student experience 
  • Developing a profession on international education administrators 

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A related panel will include following panelists:


  • Dr Jo Beall, Director, Education and Society British Council (Exec Board)
  • Ms Sumita Dawra, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Andhra Pradesh
  • Mr Franciso Marmolejo, Higher Education Coordinator, The World Bank
  • Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero Corporate Services
  • Prof Ashish Nanda, Director, IIM Ahmedabad 
  • Mr Mohandas Pai, Chair, FICCI Skills Committee & Chairman, Manipal Global Education Services

DrEducation is the International Outreach Partner of FICCI HES. 

Rahul Choudaha, PhD
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November 02, 2016

Research on International Student Success: Principal Researcher of DrEducation Serves as the Special Issues Editor

The Journal of International Students has released a special issue on International Student Success featuring a selection of research articles and commentaries to enhance institutional readiness for supporting and advancing the success of international students.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha, principal researcher, DrEducation served as the guest editor of the special issue. Dr. Krishna Bista, Chase Endowed Professor of Education, University of Louisiana at Monroe, is the editor-in-chief of the Journal.



The aim of this special issue is to advance the research agenda about the needs, experiences, and expectations of international students so that research can help build institutional readiness for supporting academic and career pursuits of international students.

This special issue includes a collection of 18 articles from 32 authors. They address several research concerns related to international student success including leadership self-efficacy, writing proficiency, mentorship, retention, student satisfaction, sense of belongingness, plagiarism, and career services.

Here is the editorial "Campus Readiness for Supporting International Student Success."

International student enrollment in the U.S. universities and colleges has been growing at a healthy pace. Between 2001/02 and 2014/15, the number of international students in U.S. universities and colleges increased by 67% to reach nearly 974,926 students (Open Doors, 2015).

However, source countries and destination institutions skew this growth. For example, international students from the leading 10 places of origin grew by 121% and likewise, the leading 10 institutions of international student enrollment increased by 166%.

This dramatic and skewed growth has implications for international student success. It has exposed the lack of readiness of many campuses to engage and support international students. At many campuses, support services for international students only address immigration and visa compliance. International students need, deserve, and want more in terms of academic and career support.

It’s high time to stop treating international students as cash cows and embrace the values which institutions expect their students to manifest. To build a sustainable and an inclusive model of enrolling and integrating international students with local students and campus communities, institutions of higher education must invest in campus readiness.
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November 01, 2016

AIEC Conference Invited Session: International Student Mobility Trends and Implications for Institutional Strategies

I was invited to speak at the recent Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) in Melbourne. More than 1,500 international education professionals from around the world convened at the conference.

One of the key messages of my session on “Three Megatrends Shaping the Future of International Student Mobility” was that the number of students seeking global educational experiences will continue to increase. However, sustainable growth will require a deeper understanding of shifting profiles, needs, and expectations of international students.



International students take their global experiences and educational credentials as a pathway to advancing their career and improving their life. Moreover, career and employability outcomes in the host country through immigration or on return to home country are among the most important motivations to study abroad.

Several sessions at AIEC conference suggest that Australia has already recognized the value of career outcomes for international students and is synchronizing efforts to enhance their professional development opportunities. Here are some of the indicative titles of the sessions related to student employability and career-readiness.

Australian Government recently released National Strategy for International Education 2025. It states that “The employability of our graduates will be a key measure of success against Australia’s goal to be the global leader in education, training, and research. We will focus on developing employability and opportunities for work integrated learning, enhancing the nexus between education and employment.”

As competition for international students intensifies, nations and institutions cannot continue to charge a higher differential fee to international students and deliver unsatisfactory career outcomes. Higher education institutions and countries interested in recruiting international students can learn from Australian experiences which show that growing attractiveness for international students will require constantly thinking, planning and acting upon strategies that align with international student success.

Based on the summary of the Forbes article with Di Hu.

- Rahul Choudaha, PhD
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