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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 
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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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