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

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.


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"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
"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

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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 - Connecting students with life's realities


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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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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





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