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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…

Webinar: 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. It received over 1,100 registrations from around the world.

Click here to access the recording of global online discussion (webinar). 


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 crucible…

AIEA 2017: Aligning institutional strategies with emerging global trends

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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.



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 High…

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

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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 …

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

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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.


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 …