Trends, insights and research to inform growth and innovation strategies in international higher education.

April 16, 2017

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

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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Rahul Choudaha, moderator of the webinar and CEO of DrEducation, noted: “With the political and economic changes in the key source and destination countries, we are in the midst of a perfect storm for international student mobility. In this new context of competition and uncertainty, institutions must innovate to grow international enrolment and support student success.”

An expert panel of senior professionals from Canada, the UK and the US shared their perspectives and experiences on how they are adapting to a new environment of competition and uncertainty.
  • Kathleen Massey is University Registrar and Executive Director, Enrolment Services at McGill University, Canada 
  • Vincenzo Raimo is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Reading, UK
  • Adina M. Lav is Assistant Provost for International Enrollment at the George Washington University, US 







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April 07, 2017

Dr. Rahul Choudaha is a Keynote Speaker at Lewy Global Education Technology Forum @ SIT

Global Education Technology Forum Keynote Speaker Rahul Choudaha



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 acceptance by academia. However, as institutional resources decline and technology matures, many institutions are discovering that it’s time to explore, experiment, and engage through technology. We’ll look at the promise of technology for campus internationalization – including emerging approaches, opportunities and challenges for faculty and administrators -- and how institutions can leverage technology to accelerate internationalization.

The Forum sessions will explore a wide-ranging topics of current interests and emerging innovations related to technology spread across four different themes--Technology for Inclusion, Technology for Collaboration, Technology for Administration, and Technology for Learning. Here is the list of session titles.

  • Cross-Cultural E-Mentoring to Develop Problem-Solving and Online Learning Communities
  • Maptia, Medium, and Storify: The Future of Online Collaborative Writing
  • RoadAmico, A Hosted Platform for Place-Base, Experiential Learning
  • Using Podcasts for Independent Study Project Presentations
  • Meeting Students in Cyberspace: Field Course Academic Blogs
  • Usability Testing for a Global Audience
  • Accessible Virtual Platforms
  • Climate Change: Digital Technologies for Modelling and Comparative Collaboration
  • Innovations in Enhancing Student Stipend Safety
  • Education in the Digital Era: Practices and Implications
  • Digital Games & Gamification: Turkish Games
  • Tech Solutions for Teaching Research Methods and Ethics
  • Transitioning to the Virtual Learning Classroom
  • Carol Richmond, Faculty, University of New Mexico and Assumption College
  • Developing Online Writing Courses That Support Active, Project-Based Learning
  • An Educational Approach to Media Literacy: Examples from Latin America
  • Five Ways to Work Faster with Project Management Software
  • Virtual Meetings: An Examination of Challenges, Tools, and Solutions
  • Collaborating for Learning Using Modern Productivity Tools
  • The Impact of Online Collaboration on Teacher Performance
  • Donald B. Watt Library: Search!
  • Transforming an Experiential Youth Program to the Digital Sphere
  • Moodle: Tune-Up
  • Digital Media Literacies: Developing Learner Independence, Providing Lifelong Benefits
  • Using Storify as a Learning Tool
  • SharePoint: What Is It and How Will It Be Useful to Me?
  • Your Course and Copyright

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April 06, 2017

New Book: NAFSA's Guide to International Student Recruitment


Assessing International Student Recruitment and Enrollment Strategies Return on Investment ROI
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 particular operation. It is meant to serve as both a primer and a lasting resource."

I had an honor to contribute the final chapter on Assessing Return on Investment.  In an article published in MIT Sloan Management Review, the authors of “The Metrics That Marketers Muddle” argue “that the biggest challenge with ROI isn’t a technical deficiency but confusion over how it is used.” Given the pressures of increasing revenue and reducing cost, it is measuring the effectiveness of international student recruitment is becoming integral to defining and executing recruitment strategies.

Introduction | Jessica Black Sandberg
1 A History of International Recruitment in U.S. Higher Education | Stephen C. Dunnett
2 Ethics in International Student Recruitment | Panetha Theodosia Nychis Ott
3 Assessing Your Institution’s Readiness to Recruit International Students | Salma Benhaida
4 Developing Human Resource Capacity for International Recruitment | David L. Di Maria
5 Creating an International Recruitment Plan | Julie Sinclair and Patty Croom
6 Building Foreign Educational Credential Evaluation Expertise | Linda Riley
7 Exploring Diversity Beyond the Big 3: China, India, and South Korea | Ben Iverson
8 Effective Marketing Practices for International Student Recruitment: Simplifying the Complexity of Academic Global Branding| Ben Waxman and Cathryn Andrews
9 International Recruitment Travel | Stavroula Boutsis
10 Recruitment Fairs | Marjorie S. Smith
11 It Takes a Village: Recruiting, Enrolling, and Supporting Sponsored Students at Your Institution | Gabriele Schmiegel
12 Recruiting International Students at U.S. High Schools | Jessica Black Sandberg
13 Recruiting via Conditional Admission and Pathway Programs | Jim Crawley
14 Alumni Involvement in International Recruitment Initiatives | Aaron Zdawczyk
15 Partnering With Agents | Stephanie Scoby
16 Recruitment Strategies for Intensive English Programs | Lisa Kraft and Nadia Redman
17 Making the Case for International Recruitment at Community Colleges | Marci Fradkin
18 International Recruitment for Graduate Programs | William Elliott
19 Assessing Return on Investment in International Student Recruitment| Rahul Choudaha

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April 03, 2017

Research on International Student Experiences: Special Issue of Studies in Higher Education

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.

International Student Experience Research Studies in Higher EducationForeword
  • The international student experience: voices and perspectives, Mary-Louise Kearney & Daniel Lincoln 
Understanding the International Student Experience
  • Three waves of international student mobility (1999–2020), Rahul Choudaha 
  • Voices of Chinese international students in USA colleges: ‘I want to tell them that … ’, Tang T. Heng
  • Internationalization of Canadian higher education: discrepancies between policies and international student experiences, Yan Guo & Shibao Guo 
  • Neo-nationalism in higher education: case of South Africa, Jenny J. Lee 
Supporting the International Student Experience
  • Supporting international students through strengthening their social resources, Nancy Arthur 
  • Faculty as bridges to co-curricular engagement and community for first-generation international students, Chris R. Glass, Peggy Gesing, Angela Hales & Cong Cong
  • Higher education institutions and the administration of international student rights: a law and policy analysis, Gaby Ramia
  • Erasmus students’ involvement in quality enhancement of Erasmus+ mobility through digital ethnography and ErasmusShouts, Manja Klemenčič, Martin Žnidaršič, Anže Vavpetič & Matej Martinc 
Reimagining the International Student Experience
  • Problematising and reimagining the notion of ‘international student experience’, Elspeth Jones
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March 14, 2017

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


webinar moderated by Rahul Choudaha on student mobility US, UK, Australia, Canada, India, China, Saudi Arabia, Korea




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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The hour-long online event received 1,243 registrations with around 37% from the USA, 12% from the United Kingdom, 6% from Canada and just over 45% from the rest of the world.

This webinar is the fourth in the series of webinars on international higher education hosted by University World News and organized by DrEducation. In total, over 4,000 people from around the world have registered for these webinars.

The panel was moderated by Rahul Choudaha, CEO, DrEducation and author of the recent article, “Three Waves of International Student Mobility (1999–2020)” published in Studies in Higher Education.

The expert panel includes:
  • Kathleen Massey is University Registrar and Executive Director, Enrolment Services at McGill University, Canada 
  • Vincenzo Raimo is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Reading, UK
  • Adina M. Lav is Assistant Provost for International Enrollment at the George Washington University, US 
Articles related to the webinar
Brand is key challenge for international recruitment
Seeking globally mobile students in a world in turmoil
A perfect storm for international student mobility?


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March 12, 2017

Three waves of international student mobility explain the past, present and future trends

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.

Research Trends on Three Waves of International Student Mobility Recruitment Experiences Enrollment



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 attract international students.

The underlying drivers and characteristics of three Waves suggest that institutions are under increasing financial and competitive pressure to attract and retain international students. Going forward, institutions must innovate not only to grow international student enrolment but also balance it with corresponding support services that advance student success including expectations of career and employability outcomes.

Click here to access the article via Taylor and Francis.
Click here to access the accepted manuscript version.

I will be moderating an upcoming free global online discussion (webinar) on International student mobility trends

Look forward to your feedback/critique.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha
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February 25, 2017

International graduate student career success: Institutional capacity and readiness

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 internships are very critical in student’s decision-making process.

Many of them come with the expectation to receive more support in finding career opportunities. They assume that their high investment in education and the institutional reputation should entitle them to an experiential opportunity. However, many students lack the mindset and skillset to navigate a culturally different, more competitive job and internship market.

Statistics on Business, STEM, Engineering, Computer Science enrollment of international students


In the times of fiscal challenges faced by many universities, it is infeasible to offer more funding to international students. Likewise, rankings are a long-term process and are beyond the control of GEM professionals. In addition to funding and ranking constraints, many graduate schools are in geographic areas that are often overlooked by international students.

Growing or sustaining international student enrollment requires enhancing the student experience and supporting their success. Many of them come with the expectation to receive more support in finding career opportunities. They assume that their high investment in education and the institutional reputation should entitle them to an experiential opportunity. However, many students lack the mindset and skillset to navigate a culturally different, more competitive job and internship market.

The decentralized structure of graduate schools and career services can make it even more complex to bring synergy and efficiency in the programming and resources for supporting international students. It is very common on the campuses that the International Students and Scholars Services Office (ISSS) primarily focuses on immigration compliance and not on career success. In sum, the decentralized structures, limited resources, and diversity of students in terms of preparation, culture, and motivations makes it an imperative for graduate schools to think strategically and proactively in supporting international graduate student success.

As a concept, capacity building is a process of leveraging individual and institutional abilities and resources to achieve common goals (UNESCO, 2011). It requires a continuous focus on collaboration, learning, and adaptation to move towards sustainable results.

NAGAP, The Association for Graduate Enrollment Management, has been advocating to connect recruitment and admissions with the remainder of the student experience. NAGAP defines Graduate Enrollment Management, “GEM” as “a systematic approach to managing the graduate student lifecycle from initial awareness to alumna/alumnus by integrating the core functions associated with the enrollment and support of a graduate student.” This framework must be inclusive in its approach and practices in building a capacity to shape positive international graduate student experience.

A model framework to support international student job internship success training resources


As international student enrollment becomes more integral to sustainability and growth of American graduate schools, more investments, efforts and strategies must be allocated to support international student success throughout their education lifecycle. It is critical that GEM professionals take the lead in strengthening collaboration across decentralized silos of graduate schools and supporting the career needs and expectations of international students as it directly correlates with the recruitment and admissions outcomes.


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February 16, 2017

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

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.

international higher education trends keynote speaker DrEducation Choudaha
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 factor of 1.22.

The conference includes following featured speakers:
  • Prof Da-Yung Wang, Ph.D., Chancellor, MingDao University, Taiwan
  • Mr. Jerke Verschoor, Director Netherlands Education Support Office, Nuffic Neso Russia  
  • Dr Suzanna Tomassi, Acting Deputy Director, Centre for Global Engagement, Coventry University, UK
Inbound and Outbound Mobility of Students for Russian Federation


Country of origin Destination country
Total number of mobile students hosted 213,347 Total number of mobile students abroad 54,923
Top-10 153,314 Top-10 36,954
Kazakhstan 49,252 Germany 9,953
Belarus 24,880 United States 5,203
Turkmenistan 15,662 Czechia 4,379
Uzbekistan 12,783 United Kingdom 3,933
Azerbaijan 12,680 France 3,599
Ukraine 12,043 Finland 2,799
Tajikistan 8,490 Italy 2,019
China 7,954 Belarus 1,953
Republic of Moldova 5,336 Ukraine 1,814
Armenia 4,234 Kyrgyzstan 1,302
Source: UNESCO Institute of Statistics (2016)
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February 14, 2017

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

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.

Presenting thought leadership workshop at APAIE on international branch campus 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, DrEducation
  • Tony Downes, Provost and CEO, University of Reading Malaysia
  • Jean Chen Dean, International Business School Suzhou, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University
  • Min Park, Dean of Administration, George Mason University, Korea

Investing in Student Success: Institutional Imperative for Attracting International Students
Tues 21 March, 16:00-17:30
Recruiting international students is becoming an increasingly important strategic priority for many institutions in Asia. However, attracting international students and creating successful ambassadors requires delivering a superior educational experience by investing in student success. This requires not only a deep understanding of international students’ needs and expectations but delivering academic and career support services that engage them throughout their educational journey. This interactive panel will discuss good practices on effectively engaging international students and supporting their success.
  • Di Hu, co-founder, interEDGE
  • Jennifer Weinman, Executive Director, Global Student Experience, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Angela Pok, Vice President of Student Experience, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
  • Sangeet Jaura, Associate Vice President, Chitkara University, India

Pre-conference Workshop organized by DrEducation
Global Mobility Of Students From And To Asia-Pacific: Emerging Trends, Evolving Strategies
Mon 20 March, 13:00-16:00
Students from Asia-Pacific region form the majority of the globally mobile students heading to traditional western destinations. There continues to be a strong interest in attracting international students from Asia-Pacific. However, at the same time, many institutions in Asia-Pacific are keen on recruiting international students for full-time, degree programs and governments are interested in retaining global talent as future skilled workers. The competition for attracting international students is intensifying and requires a more strategic and informed approach. The overarching purpose of this interactive workshop is to examine the mobility patterns of international students from Asia-Pacific and identify institutional strategies of recruiting and supporting students.
  • Rahul Choudaha, co-founder, DrEducation
  • Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Alumni, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Tom Buckley, Director, Recruitment, Admissions and International Development, Lancaster University, UK
  • Govindan Nair, Director, International Office, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • Kuo-Wei Liu, Dean of International College and International Education, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan
Global Dialogue: Advantage Asia Pacific? Implications of the populist vote in Europe and America.
How will the Trump presidency, Brexit and political uncertainty in Europe impact education mobility and cooperation within and between regions?  Have we passed the peak of globalization?  There will be winners and losers from recent developments, but international education and the internationalization of education isn’t a zero sum game – far from it.  As educators our work is to foster and strengthen international understanding and collaboration.  Speakers representing regional and national organizations will debate opportunities for the sector to make a positive difference in difficult times. 
  • Will Archer, Founder and CEO, i-graduate (Chair)
  • Susan Elliott, University of Melbourne
  • Jane Lu, Dean, Office of International Affairs, National Chung Hsing University
  • Edilio Mazzoleni, Director, UCSC International, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
  • Professor Cillian Ryan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor International, Nottingham Trent University
  • Rahul Choudaha, DrEducation
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Global Webinar Series on International Higher Education: DrEducation and University World News Partnership

DrEducation and University World News partnered to convene global webinar series. These online thought leadership events bring together global experts to discuss hot trends and issues related to international higher education and share their diverse perspectives and strategies. More than 4,000 professionals from around the world have registered for the first four webinars.

Have a suggestion for a hot topic or issue for future discussions? Interested in exploring a partnership for reaching and engaging audience in a credible manner? Email us at info@DrEducation.


Partner with thought leadership series by Rahul Choudaha



"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 conferences is great, but as with Global Engagement in general, we can also achieve a lot by virtual interactions – the University World News/ Dr Education webinar series is clear evidence of this." - Vincenzo Raimo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Reading, UK

"It was well organised, with good presenters and an informed chair. The live polls sustained our interest and allowed us to take ownership of the content....I appreciated the presenters sharing individual experiences and perceptions that gradually connected to the webinar title." -Dr. N. Ari Naidoo, Centre for Professional Development, University of South Africa (UNISA)


"I would recommend the webinar, seeing it as a powerful, and yet easy-accessible (online) resource to connect globally and gain knowledge from multiple angles on the topic discussed. Direct engagement through polls and the chances to discuss them during the webinar makes a key strength of it." -Ana M. Mocanu, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge, UK
"I liked the technology and the ability to answer the polls. With 1100 participants, chats would have been impossible but polls helped to keep us engaged. Dr. Choudaha did an excellent job of moderating and picking out some good questions to be answered." -Dr. Sandra Russo, Director, Office for Global Research Engagement, University of Florida, USA
"For a general topic and broadly shared session, your excellent questions prompted the discussion that went (or alluded to work) beyond the journalistic depth that we sometimes see in these settings. Well done and thank you!" - Dr. Kara Godwin, Research Fellow & Independent Consultant, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College

"The webinar was on an interesting topic, where the engagement within all channels was strong – Twitter, Q&A and even noticeably among the expert panels. The moderators were fantastic, in communicating the context and engaging the expert speakers and audience. Kudos to the organisers!" -Woon Chin Yeong, Research & Executive Administrator, The University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

"Getting insights from experienced professionals in three different countries (USA, Canada, UK) was very useful. The fact that the panel members were all very experienced meant that the discussions went beyond generalities and got into detailed ideas and recommendations that I can make use of." -Peter Shelley, Interim International Director, University of Portsmouth, UK

"I appreciated the audience polls that were administered throughout the webinar...it kept me intrigued throughout the entire presentation. Any webinar that brings experts from various institutions and countries together to inform our practice is worthwhile. I always enjoy and appreciate the information that DrEducation and colleagues share." Megan Prettyman, Director, International Recruitment & Admission, Montana State University, USA

"Like all DrEducation webinars, the content is timely and informative. The panel always represent the diverse nature of Higher Education and offer interesting discussion points, data and innovations based upon panel members own research and practical applications. The interaction with the audience adds an extra dimension to the webinar. An absolute must for those who are concerned with the internationalization of higher education." Dr. Claudia Bordogna, Course Leader, University of Huddersfield, UK

"Another very insightful webinar!  Another borderless webinar!  Hearing perspectives and experiences of experts from the U.S. as well as non-U.S. institutions is so useful.  Bringing these best practices to the comfort of our homes/offices is such a powerful act—and unlike other webinars" Yaprak Dalat Ward, Assistant Professor, Fort Hays State University, USA 


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The political and economic changes of the past year will have a far-reaching impact on the future mobility patterns of students. The combination of changes in the leading source and destination countries indicates that institutions must embrace themselves for a new environment of uncertainty, hyper-competition, and turbulence. This global online discussion (webinar) will bring together a panel of global 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 will highlight diverse perspectives to inform international enrollment strategies.

Registrations ~1,240
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A perfect storm for international student mobility?
Brand is key challenge for international recruitment
Seeking globally mobile students in a world in turmoil

Global Online webinar on higher education strategies Rahul Choudaha














Transformative leadership is broadly defined as a process of generating positive and lasting change. What would our university campuses look like if the transformative leadership were to become core fabric of the student life? How do we infuse transformative leadership into academic programmes and campus experiences? How do we measure and assess its impact on individuals, universities and societies? What is the role of university administrators and academics in modeling or leading the change we would like to see in our students and societies? Are universities willing and ready to bring a positive and lasting change as the crucibles of fostering transformative leadership skills within students?

Registrations ~1,100
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Read summary article - Universities can nurture leaders of social change
Read summary article - Connecting students with life's realities


Global Online webinar on higher education strategies Rahul Choudaha



















Online education and internationalization have been rising as strategic priorities for many university leaders around the world. While online experiments like MOOCs, badging, blended learning are still early in their evolution, few institutions have taken an innovative approach to finding a synergy between technological innovations and their application in global engagement strategies. And, of those who attempted to engage globally through technology have experienced several barriers related to cost, quality, recognition, and outcomes. This online discussion examined how university leaders are leveraging technology for advancing internationalization? How does technology fit in the overall global engagement strategy? What are the challenges and opportunities?

Registrations ~700
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Global Online webinar on higher education strategies Rahul Choudaha



















Cross-border delivery of higher education is becoming a financial necessity for some institutions and a strategic differentiation for others. Transnational education (TNE) takes many forms ranging from joint-degrees and branch campuses to recent emergence of technology-enabled learning. While TNE has provided new opportunities for global engagement and expansion for many institutions, these models often come with challenges of quality. Is growth of TNE dependent on more flexible standards of quality? Or, are we stifling innovation in TNE by putting too many barriers for experimentation?

Registrations ~1,000
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February 12, 2017

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

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 Rica
  • Fred Swaniker, Founder, African Leadership Academy, South Africa
  • Patrick Awuah, President, Ashesi University, Ghana
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Rahul Choudaha moderating global online discussion on transformative leadership




Rahul Choudaha, keynote speaker and thought leaders on transformative leadership and higher education





Previous webinars from DrEducation and University World News
Interested in exploring partnership? Email at info@DrEducation.com


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January 29, 2017

Impact of temporary ban on seven Muslim countries on international students

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 programs. According to SEVP data, in 2016, 70% of Iranian students were enrolled in doctoral-level programs (8,603/12,427).

enrollment and recruitment of international students from banned countries

2015/16 Undergrad Graduate Non-degree OPT Total
Saudi Arabia
33,952
13,210
12,630
1,495
61,287
Kuwait
6,810
803
2,000
159
9,772
Oman
2,172
191
465
28
2,856
Qatar
1,222
73
133
15
1,443
Turkey
   3,393
     5,125
       794
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January 28, 2017

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

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 of H-1B guest workers to also have work permits."


Optional Practical Training for international students latest immigration policy change


Optional Practical Training is a highly attractive program for international students. It helps them gain work experience, enrich their educational learning, and recover a part of their investment in education. Employers gain by bringing in global talent and explore their skillsets before deciding future steps for an employment visa.

The standard duration of OPT is one year. On April 8, 2008, DHS approved a 17-month OPT extension for a student graduating with a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field. A new rule effective May 10, 2016, further extended 17-moht to 24-month for STEM degrees.

STEM OPT Extension is especially appealing to Indian students who are concentrated in master's programs in engineering and computer science. Data from SEVP indicates that in 2016, 83% of Indian students, 43% of Saudi Arabian students, 78% of Iranian students, and 40% of Chinese students are enrolled in STEM programs.

Here are some of the trends related to OPT during the eight years between 2007/08 and 2015/16. The academic year 2007/08 is selected to compare the enrollment trends prior to the approval of 17-month STEM Extension.

- In 2015/16, there were 90,732 more international students on OPT as compared to 2007/08
- In the eight years, the rate of growth of students on OPT was higher than growth in total enrollment
- Two out of every third international student on OPT is from China or India (2015/16)
- One out of every sixth Chinese student in the US is on OPT (2015/16)
- One out of every fourth Indian student in the US is on OPT (2015/16)

With only 20,000 H1-B visas allocated for international students graduating with advanced degrees from the US, a majority of the international students have to return to their home countries. OPT provides a critical experiential opportunity to complement the academic curriculum with practical skills.

OPT is one of the key differentiators in an increasingly competitive landscape of attracting international students from around the world. International students contributed US$ 32.8 billion to the US economy, according to NAFSA. Any policy which destabilizes the prospects of gaining work experience will hurt the American economy and higher education institutions.

- Dr. Rahul Choudaha

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January 23, 2017

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

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, high-impact intercultural strategies to enhance intercultural competence for all student groups including international students.

Learning Objectives:
  • What is the role of intercultural competence in shaping student success and experience? 
  • What are the key strategies (programs/practices) in achieving optimal outcomes? 
Panel:
  • Di Hu (Chair) co-founder and principal coach of interEDGE.org 
  • Amir Reza, Ph.D., Vice Provost, International & Multicultural Education, Babson College Panelist 
  • Amy McNichols, Ph.D., Associate Dean, International and Intercultural Programs, McDaniel College
  • Torian L. Lee, J.D., Director, Center for Intercultural and International programs (CIIP), Xavier University of Louisiana

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January 22, 2017

Webinar: Are universities crucibles of transformative leadership?

University World News, The MasterCard Foundation, and DrEducation partnered to host a free webinar on the role of higher education in fostering transformative leadership. It received over 1,100 registrations from around the world.


Role of higher education in shaping leaders for social transformation-DrEducation-UniversityWorldNews-Mastercard online global discussion


Are universities crucibles of transformative leadership?

Transformative leadership is broadly defined as a process of generating positive and lasting change. What would our university campuses look like if the transformative leadership were to become core fabric of the student life? How do we infuse transformative leadership into academic programmes and campus experiences? How do we measure and assess its impact on individuals, universities and societies? What is the role of university administrators and academics in modeling or leading the change we would like to see in our students and societies? Are universities willing and ready to bring a positive and lasting change as the crucibles of fostering transformative leadership skills within students?
  • Rahul Choudaha, (Moderator) Co-founder, DrEducation, LLC & interEDGE.org, USA 
  • Barbara Stocking, President, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK 
  • Lucia Lebasha, MasterCard Foundation Scholar, Costa Rica
  • Fred Swaniker, Founder, African Leadership Academy, South Africa 
  • Patrick Awuah, President, Ashesi University, Ghana

Previous webinars from UniversityWorldNews and DrEducation
Interested in exploring partnership? Email at info@DrEducation.com

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January 19, 2017

AIEA 2017: Aligning institutional strategies with emerging global trends

The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) is a professional association dedicated exclusively to senior leaders in the field of international education (senior international officers). The 2017 AIEA Annual Conference focuses on the interplay between boundaries and connections in internationalization.

scenarios and future trends impacting global engagement strategies



Dr. Rahul Choudaha will be chairing a session entitled "Getting Future Ready: Aligning Institutional Strategies with Emerging Trends" on Tuesday, February 21 at 1:30pm. 

This interactive session will bring together leadership perspectives of Senior International Officers Dr. Cheryl Matherly and Dr. Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela on how they are preparing for the future and aligning their strategic plans with the emerging trends.

The confluence of cost pressures, demographics shifts, and technological forces is shaping the context of global higher education. Deardorff, de Wit and Heyl (2012) in “Bridges to the Future: The Global Landscape of International Higher Education” note “International higher education is at a turning point, and the concept of internationalization itself requires rethinking to take into account the emerging new world and higher education realignments” (p. 451). Senior International Officers are charged with developing internationalization strategic plans which are informed by key trends to help an institution achieve institutional goals.

Learning Objectives:
  • What are the key emerging trends of relevance for SIOs? 
  • How to inform strategic plans with these emerging trends?
Panel:
Dr. Rahul Choudaha, Principal Researcher & CEO, DrEducation (Chair)
Dr. Cheryl Matherly, Vice President and Vice Provost for International Affairs at Lehigh University
Dr. Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, Vice-Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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January 15, 2017

Latest data on international students: Comparing US and UK enrollment trends

International student market in entering a phase of hyper-competition and turbulence. With the changing political contexts, the top two destinations for international students--US and UK--are experiencing challenges in maintaining their attractiveness.

At the institutional level, universities and colleges with the global brand recognition and rankings will face limited challenges while the majority of the institutions will struggle to recruit international students and meet their enrollment goals.

I have analyzed the data from HESA, UK and IIE, US for 2015-16 enrollment. Here are some of the inferences based on the comparative analysis of the international student mobility data:
  • American higher education institutions are more dependent on China and India as compared to British institutions 
  • US and UK have witnessed contrasting trends with at least four places of origin—India, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Hong Kong 
  • The growth rate for Chinese students in the US far outstrips than in the UK 
  • Ten times as many Indian students are studying in the US as in the UK 

data comparing US UK China India international student enrollment recruitment trends

British universities rely heavily on international students for meeting its enrollment goals. The biggest challenge for British universities is that its top two source countries—China and India—are not driving the enrollment growth. These two countries account for over one-third of the total international student enrollment in the country. For the last four years, the overall enrollment for China has grown at a much slower pace (compared to the US), while India has been experiencing a consistent decline.

While the UK has an advantage over the US in attracting international students from Nigeria, Malaysia, and Hong Kong, it cannot underestimate the Indian market because of its scale and growth potential. UK faces stiff competition for Indian students against the US, which experienced a dramatic increase in the number of Indian students primarily in Engineering and Computer Science fields.

With Brexit, the post-graduation employment and immigration opportunities will become more restricted. It will likely hurt the enrollment for the master’s programs for non-EU international students and undergraduate programs for EU students.

The US higher education is also facing a tougher environment for attracting international students for fall 2017. Three of the four top source countries—China, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia—are witnessing a slower rate of growth. India was the only market among the top four countries, which witnessed a double-digit growth rate.

Indian students are value-seekers and hence they are concentrated in master’s programs, which offer a more likely work experience through three-year long STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). However, with the recent demonetization of Indian currency and a perception of stricter immigration policies, Indian numbers are likely to be affected at the master’s programs.

In a globally competitive market of international student recruitment, the outcome of the American Presidential election seems like a saving grace for the UK universities. To some extent, the unfavorable perception of Brexit among international students has been “trumped” by the uncertainty of the American immigration policies and its implications on work opportunities.

Related coverage of the analysis

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January 01, 2017

Trends with Chinese students in American business schools and specialized master's programs

Many American Business Schools are increasingly relying on international students to meet their enrollment goals. I was quoted in a recent story highlighting that Chinese students constitute 40% of total enrollment at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

I analyzed the data of Chinese GMAT test-takers to see the growth trends. The number of Chinese citizens taking GMAT test increased by 22% to reach 70,744 between the testing year (TY) 2012 to 2016, according to GMAC or Graduate Management Admissions Council During the same five years, the growth for Chinese test-takes residing in China grew at a slower pace of 13% to reach 50.465 test-takers.

data analysis of GMAT test takers for international students from China

The difference in the number of GMAT test-takers who are Chinese residents from those who are Chinese citizens is the number of Chinese GMAT test takers from overseas. There were 20,279 such students in TY2016. The number of GMAT test-takers increased at a much faster rate of 48% (TY 2012-2016) for Chinese students who were overseas. These more likely to be Chinese undergraduate students already in the U.S. and aiming to pursue a master's degree.

Here are few additional characteristics of Chinese students considering to study for a graduate business program:

  • The majority were not applying for traditional two-year MBA programs. Over 73% of Chinese citizens sent their GMAT score reports to "non-MBA master's" programs as compared to 19.3% of American citizens.
  • Chinese students are more likely to be younger and hence straight out of college with no work experience. The mean age of Chinese citizens was 23.1 years as compared to 26.5 years for the American citizens. 
  • Female students from China are more likely to take GMAT test. Female formed nearly 67% of Chinese citizens taking GMAT test. In contrast, only 39% of American citizens taking GMAT test were female.
[ Related post: How many students from India, China and Korea study in the US for business and management programs? ]

The implications of younger Chinese students are evident in the classroom and campus experiences where many may find it more difficult to culturally adapt to the business school environment. For example, speaking up and participating in classroom discussion is key to learning experience at a B-school while it may be culturally incompatible for many Chinese students.

At the same time, it would much harder for many of the young Chinese students with no work experience to find job and internship opportunities in a competitive employment market. Even if they succeed to find an (OPT (Optional Practical Training) or job, many of them struggle in acculturating to an American workplace. A lot of success of continuing to attract Chinese students will hinge on the supporting the success of students in the US or elsewhere.

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