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Latest data and statistics on Indian higher education and new regulatory reform

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Could Indian government transform the future of Indian higher education with its latest reform proposal of bringing two leading regulators under one umbrella? In a recent update, the  the Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry which is responsible for higher education has proposed a new body--Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA)--which will merge two leading regulatory bodies.

In its current regulatory structure, the two regulatory bodies--University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)--are often at loggerheads in terms of their jurisdictions and approaches. UGC is primarily responsible for universities sector while AICTE is responsible for engineering and business colleges which are affiliated to universities.

They both have gone through their phases of confusion and corruption. For example there was a tussle between UGC and AICTE on who has power to regulate technical education (engineering and business) in India. Then …

NAFSA research on landscape of third-party pathway partnerships in the US

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A recent report released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators aims to understand the scope of third-party pathway partnerships in the context of the US higher education and the viewpoints of international educators on these partnerships. The purpose was to establish a baseline of evidence on an evolving partnership model with private providers for international student enrollment.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha of DrEducation was the principal investigator of this commissioned research project entitled Landscape of Third-Party Pathway Partnerships in the United States. He was also the principal investigator of NAFSA's previous research report--Bridging the Gap: Recruitment and Retention to Improve International Student Experiences.

Here is the related coverage:
New study explores US educators’ views on pathway partnerships, ICEF Monitor
US HE: quality concerns main reason for eschewing pathways, The PIE News
Perceptions of pathway programs, Inside Higher Ed
• Slides from NA…

New destinations compete to attract international students in times of anti-immigrant rhetoric in UK and US

The number of globally mobile international students doubled to reach 4 million between the period 1999 and 2013. Every third globally mobile student is enrolled in an American or British institution of higher education. However, with the Brexit and American Presidential elections, 2016 is likely to affect the choices of many international students and prompting them to consider alternative destinations.

In my keynote presentation, “Three Waves of International Student Mobility: Implications for Recruitment and Partnership Strategies,” at International Universities Networking Conference - IUNC Eurasia 2017 in Moscow, Russia, I highlighted that institutions are facing an environment of hyper-competition, uncertainty and declining resources for attracting international students.

In contrast to anti-immigrant narratives in the UK and the US, Ireland extended the option of staying back to 24 months for graduates at postgraduate and doctorate level and recognizing the importance of gaini…

Changing rationales for short-term education abroad programming by Anthony Ogden

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As U.S. education abroad enrollments have shifted in favor of short-term programming, so too has the broader rationale for why institutions are investing in education abroad initiatives. Whether the popularity of short-term programming is being driven by changing student interests and demands, or whether institutional leadership and increasing faculty engagement are dictating and guiding the direction of program development, the fundamental rationales for why short-term education abroad programs are being pursued and how they are developed are most certainly changing.  Because of these shifting interests, there are now arguably four broad rationales driving education abroad program development. 

1. Language acquisition and cultural knowledge
2. Intercultural competency development
3. Discipline specific learning
4. Experiential learning

For decades, institutions have leveraged education abroad programming with the goal to enhance student learning in the areas of language acquisitio…

NAFSA 2017: Presentation on pathway research and internationalization strategies

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Nearly 10,000 international education professionals will attend NAFSA’s 2017 Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles from May 28- June 2. The conference will offer 200+ sessions and 40+ workshops divided into various Knowledge Communities.

I will be participating in following two sessions. As a former member (Chair Stream 2014-2016) of the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC), I will also be attending the update meeting.




Results from NAFSA’s Research on Pathway Programs in the United States 
Tuesday, May 30, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
This session shares the results of NAFSA’s commissioned research on pathway programs in the United States, including the characteristics of institutions that partner with private providers and the perceptions of international educators regarding rationales and considerations for third-party pathway partnerships.
Learning Objectives:
Examine the results of NAFSA’s commissioned research.
Identify key reasons and consideration for or…

Accelerating campus internationalization with technology: Emerging trends and strategies

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I delivered the opening keynote session entitled “Accelerating Campus Internationalization with Technology: Emerging Trends and Strategies” at The Lewy Global Education Technology Forum at the School of International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The Forum deliberated on the role of emerging technologies and innovation in helping higher education institutions to fulfill their educational mission in areas of learning, collaboration, inclusion, and administration.


The focus of my keynote was to encourage higher education institutions to leverage technology in expanding access and providing global learning experiences to their students.

As technology-enabled solutions become increasingly sophisticated, students are not only embracing this change; they are also expecting more from institutions. For example, MOOCs (massive open online courses) have gone from being revolutionary to redundant to now resurgent again with a varying degree of acceptance by academia. In contrast, the…

Brand awareness and feeder partnerships critical for success with international student recruitment: Global webinar

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Over 1,200 professionals from around the world registered to attend the global online discussion (webinar) on "International student mobility trends: Shifting recruitment priorities and strategies."   Around 37% of the registrants were from the USA, 12% from the United Kingdom, 6% from Canada and just over 45% from the rest of the world. Seventy percent of the professionals indicated that they have more than 10 years of working in higher education.

University World News, DrEducation and StudyPortals partnered to bring this webinar to a global audience. This webinar is the fourth in the series of webinars on international higher education hosted by University World News and organised by DrEducation. In total, over 4,000 people from around the world have registered for these webinars.

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Dr. Rahul Choudaha is a keynote speaker at Lewy Global Education Technology Forum @ SIT

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The Lewy Global Education Technology Forum at the School of International Training (SIT), Brattleboro, VT will bring together leaders in the field of education to discuss challenges and opportunities to improve our use of technology to teach, to collaborate, and to include a diversity of students, faculty, and staff in achieving our mission of education the next generation of global leaders.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha of DrEducation will be delivering a keynote on Tuesday, April 25 on "Accelerating Campus Internationalization with Technology: Emerging Trends and Strategies."

Here is the brief description:
As technology solutions become increasingly sophisticated and innovative, students are not only embracing this change, they are also expecting more. However, higher education institutions in general lag behind in technology innovation and student adoption. For example, MOOCs (massive open online courses) have gone from being revolutionary to redundant with varying degrees of accept…

New book: NAFSA's Guide to International Student Recruitment

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NAFSA released the third edition of the Guide to International Student Recruitment. This edition compiles the latest tools, resources, and strategies from the professionals in the field of international enrollment management. As the Table of Content shows that this book distills deep and wide professional expertise of the authors in its 275 pages.

The editor of the book Jessica Black Sandberg noted in her introduction--"These may feel like uncertain times for our profession, but international education has always been at the mercy of geopolitical conditions. While the ebb and flow of student traffic has fluctuated over the last several decades, the general trend has always been upward. One step back. Two steps forward. Worries about the political landscape should not hold us back. They should propel us forward. This book was designed to provide you with the tools to build a robust, precise, and effective recruitment strategy that reflects the goals and challenges of your particu…

Research on international student experiences: Special issue of Studies in Higher Education

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Studies in Higher Education is a peer-reviewed journal with the 2015 Impact Factor of 1.222. The recent Special Issue (Vol. 42, No. 5) of the Journal focused on "The international student experience: voices and perspectives."

Mary-Louise Kearney and Daniel Lincoln, Co-editors, Special Issues write "the experience of studying abroad has moved centre stage, due to exponentially increasing student demand from emerging economies and to the global nature of advanced knowledge. Universities, for their part, compete aggressively to attract top talent and shore up their international rankings. The international student experience lies at the centre of this dynamic."

This special issue was coordinated by Tang Tang Heng of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore as the guest editor. I had an opportunity to be part of the special issue by contributing the opening article that sets the context of the student mobility in three overlapping waves of seven years each.

Webinar: International student recruitment strategies in times of shifting mobility patterns

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The UK and the US are set on a path to creating more barriers to attracting and retaining international students. The two largest source countries of international students – China and India – are also experiencing economic challenges which in turn are likely to decelerate the ambitions and ability of students to go abroad.

The combination of these changes in the leading source and destination countries indicates that institutions must embrace themselves for a new environment of uncertainty, hyper-competition, and turbulence.

University World News, DrEducation, and StudyPortals partnered to convene an hour-long, free webinar on 12 April. It brought together a panel of experts to examine how they are adapting institutional strategies in a new environment. What are the strategic options institutions are considering in response to this turbulence? The discussion highlighted diverse perspectives to inform international enrollment strategies.
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Three waves of international student mobility explain the past, present and future trends

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In my recent article “Three waves of international student mobility (1999–2020)” published in Studies in Higher Education, a leading peer-reviewed journal by Taylor & Francis, I have analyzed the past, present, and future of international student mobility from the lens of three overlapping Waves spread over seven years between 1999 and 2020. Here a Wave is defined by the key events and trends impacting international student mobility within the short periods of seven years.


Wave I was shaped by the terrorist attacks of 2001 and enrolment of international students at institutions seeking to build research excellence. Wave II was shaped by the global financial recession which triggered financial motivations for recruiting international students.

Wave III is being shaped by the slowdown in the Chinese economy, UK’s referendum to leave the European Union and American Presidential elections. The trends for Wave III show increasing competition among new and traditional destinations to at…

International graduate student career success: Institutional capacity and readiness

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Growing or sustaining international student enrollment requires enhancing the student experience and supporting their success, according to the recent article titled "12 Strategies for Building a Capacity for International Graduate Student Career Success." The article co-authored by Rahul Choudaha and Di Hu was published in the Spring 2017 issue of NAGAP Perspectives. With more than 2,000 members, NAGAP, The Association for Graduate Enrollment Management exclusively focuses on professionals working in the graduate enrollment management environment.

Given below is the excerpt of the article. Click here to access the full article.

International graduate students’ decision to study abroad is influenced by an interplay of financial investment and potential career opportunities. This is evident from the importance of funding opportunities like scholarships and assistantships in students’ search criteria. Likewise, it is well established that the prospects of finding job and inter…

IUNC Conference Moscow features Dr. Rahul Choudaha as a keynote speaker on international student trends

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The 6th Annual International Universities Networking Conference - IUNC Eurasia 2017 will take place from May 15-18, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. The conference attracts about 250 international higher education professionals from around the world with the goals of learning more about the opportunities of building partnerships for recruitment, research, and exchanges with universities from Russia & CIS. This year IUNC is also hosting a BRICS HigherEd Cooperation Forum that provides a platform for developing university partnerships among institutions from BRICS countries.



Dr. Rahul Choudaha of DrEducation and interEDGE will be delivering an invited keynote session titled "Three Waves of International Student Mobility: Implications for Recruitment and Partnership Strategies." It will be based on his upcoming research publication "Three Waves of International Student Mobility (1999-2020)", Studies in Higher Education (SIHE), a highly respected journal with an impact fact…

APAIE Conference Taiwan: Sessions on international campuses, student mobility and global experiences

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The 12th Annual Asia-Pacific Association of International Education (APAIE) Conference will take place from 20 – 23 March, 2017, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Dr. Rahul Choudaha, and Di Hu will be chairing sessions on international student mobility, international branch campuses, and student success.






International Campuses: What Works, What Doesn’t?
Tues 21 March, 16:00-17:30
International campuses (foreign branch campuses) are resource-intensive initiatives that indicate deep commitment to internationalization from an institution. However, sustaining and scaling these campuses is a complex process fraught with surprises and challenges. What are some of the pitfalls? What are the rewards? How institutional leaders create a shared vision and deliver effective results?This interactive panel discussion will focus on challenges and opportunities in the institution building process of international campuses with a focus on what works and what doesn’t. Rahul Choudaha, co-founder, DrEducationTony Down…

Global Webinar Series on International Higher Education

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DrEducation produces and convenes a global webinar series on latest issues and trends related to internationalization of higher education. As the organizer of the event, DrEducation helps event partners reach a global audience of international educators and professionals in a credible, content-driven and cost-effective manner. More than 4,000 professionals from around the world have registered for the first four webinars on following themes:

Interested in exploring a partnership? Email us at info@DrEducation.



"The content and panelists qualified to address the content were both relevant and high quality. The format packed much information into the allotted time, doing so in an efficient, respectful way." - Dr. Jeff King, Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning University of Central Oklahoma, USA

"The webinar was especially timely given current circumstances in the US and the UK…Travel and meeting colleagues face to face at …

Webinar recording and summary: Are universities crucibles of transformative leadership?

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University World News, The MasterCard Foundation, and DrEducation partnered to host a free webinar on the role of higher education in fostering transformative leadership.

This global webinar moderated by Dr. Rahul Choudaha of DrEducation and interEDGE.org, attracted over 1,100 registrations from around the world. The expert panel included:
Barbara Stocking, President, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK Lucia Lebasha, MasterCard Foundation Scholar, Costa RicaFred Swaniker, Founder, African Leadership Academy, South AfricaPatrick Awuah, President, Ashesi University, Ghana Missed the webinar? Request the webinar recording.
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Impact of temporary ban on seven Muslim countries on international students

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The overall impact of the recent ban on seven Muslim countries could be severe for enrollments at many higher education institutions. It will sharply drop the number of international students not only from these countries but other Muslim majority countries too like Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia were among top-15 places of origin sending international students in 2015/16, according to IIE.

Saudi Arabia, a key market for the US was already witnessing the drop in enrollment due to a cut in the Saudi government's scholarship program. The domino effect of this ban will further result in a precipitous decline of students from Saudi. Intensive English Programs and undergraduate programs are likely to suffer from enrollment decline in students from Saudi and Kuwait.

The ban will especially hurt graduate schools as a majority of the students from the seven banned countries and other Muslim countries like Turkey which were primarily enrolled in graduate level prog…

Number of international students on Optional Practical Training in the USA: Analysis of data and trends

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One of the leaked draft executive orders on Vox focuses on limiting legal immigration. It is entitled "Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs." Among its several provisions are the employment-based visas and Optional Practical Training (OPT). It states:

(iv) consider ways to make the process for allocating H-1B visas more efficient and ensure that beneficiaries of the program are the best and the brightest;

(vii) propose for notice and comment a regulation that would reform practical training programs for foreign students to prevent the disadvantaging of U.S. students in the workforce, better protect U.S. and foreign workers affected by such programs, restore the integrity of student visa programs, ensure compliance, and improve monitoring of foreign students

Vox reports that this order could "...reverse Obama’s extension of the duration of Optional Practical Training work visas and decision to allow the spouses…

AIEA 2017: Intercultural strategies for enhancing campus inclusion and student success

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The 2017 AIEA Annual Conference focuses on the interplay between boundaries and connections in internationalization. Among the several challenges of an SIO is navigating departmental silos and managing competing priorities. In an era of resource constraints, many well-meaning institutions are struggling to support the inclusion and success of international students.




At the upcoming AIEA conference, Di Hu, will chair a session entitled "Intercultural Strategies for Enhancing Campus Inclusion and Student Success" on Wednesday, February 22 at 9:15am. This interactive session will bring together Senior International Officers--Amir Reza, Amy McNichols, and Torian L. Lee--to share their leadership perspectives and experiences from diverse institutional settings.

The session will engage the audience to discover and discuss intercultural programs with a focus on what works and what doesn’t. The panelists will share their institutional contexts how they are applying cost-effective, h…