Deciphering Student Mobility and Recruitment Trends

International student mobility is a complex phenomena influenced by variables at multiple levels including country, institution and individual. In addition, financial well-being of many institutions is becoming increasingly dependent on international students. Given the complexity and centrality of international student mobility, there is an increasing interest in gaining a deeper understanding of reasons, rationales and trends.

Here are some recent resources and media mentions on student mobility:

  • The Guardian Online Chat

I participated in an online chat session hosted by the Guardian on the topic “What is the Future of International Student Mobility?”  The panel discussed “…the importance of international student mobility, the current provision and best practice from around the world, and what the future might hold for the development of global graduates.” The comments from the chat are available at the bottom of the article. Click here to see the chat.

  • Boston College’s International Higher Education Article

My article on “Mobility of Chinese and Indian Undergraduate Students” was published in the recent issue of IHE. I estimate that beginning in 2015, growth directions of the undergraduate market for China and India will experience a reversal in trends. This is the time when India would surface as a major growth country for undergraduate student recruitment, while China would start losing its growth momentum. However, in terms of absolute numbers of undergraduate enrollment, China will continue to outpace India. An estimate for reversal of the trend is based on four interrelated factor–demographic shifts, self-financed students, education reforms and campus concerns. Click here to read the article.

  • Interview with The PIE News

Sara Custer of the PIE News interviewed me on mobility trends, concept of “glocals” and recruitment. I mentioned that the approaches to recruit students are still set in pre-Internet era. Student decision-making processes have completely changed in the last five years. For example, the use of social media has picked up at a very fast pace – faster than the ability of institutions to adapt to their behaviour. A lot of time universities are ignoring what has changed, which puts them at a great disadvantage. Click here to read the interview.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha