Showing posts from November, 2012

Management Education & GMAT Trends: India Recovering, China Growing

Number of GMAT test takers for the testing year 2012 (July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012) increased by 11% as compared to 2011, according to GMAC. Testing volume hit the highest record volume  286,529 after facing decline in volume for previous two years. TY 2012 volume was 8 percent higher than the previous record of 265,613 in 2009.

Big Getting Bigger: Large Research Universities Driving the Growth of International Student Enrollment

Just 108 universities enrolled nearly two-fifth of all international students in the US. These 108 universities are classified as "Research Universities (very high research activity)" by Carnegie Classification. In fact, these universities drove most of the growth in the last five years and increased their share from 37.7% of total international student enrollment in the US to about 42.5%. International student enrollment at these universities grew by 38% as compared to 23% for all institutions, according to IIE Open Doors report. Clearly indicating a trend towards "big getting bigger."
It is also interesting to note that two-thirds of the Research Universities (very high research activity) are publicly institutions like University of Iowa and University at Buffalo and not the private universities. This relates to the narrative of budget cuts in public institutions and hence higher acceptance of international students to meet some of the shortfall. Here is a rela…

International Student Enrollment Trends: China, Saudi Arabia and Public Universities Driving Growth

Yet another year of growth in international student enrollment in the U.S. according to the latest IIE Open Doors 2012 data.  This time growth is driven by two primary factors 1) who can pay and 2) who wants students who can pay.

Who can pay?China and Saudi Arabia
Number of students from China and Saudi Arabia grew by 47,906 as compared to increase in total enrollment by 41,044. This means that without the double digit growth of China (23%) and Saudi (50%), total enrollment in the US would have declined. Both these countries higher ability to afford foreign education.

While both these markets have common thread of growth and ability to pay, they differ in terms of level of education and sources of funding. For China, most of the growth is coming from undergraduate enrolled funded by students' family while for Saudi Arabia growth is at English language programs funded by Saudi government scholarships.

Note: IIE Open Doors has a lag of one year so, the current report reflects the e…

Which are the Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment?

World Education Services released a report entitled "Beyond More of the Same: The Top Four Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment" co-authored by me and Yoko Kono. Here is the highlight of the report published in University World News.

International student recruitment has become increasingly competitive as institutional budgets continue to shrink. More than ever, higher education institutions are expected to recruit quality students in a short period of time.

Most institutions rely on traditional source countries to achieve this goal, as penetrating an existing market for enrolment growth is a less costly route in terms of effort, expenditure and time.

As a result, students from China, India and South Korea are overrepresented on campuses. On some, Chinese students make up over half of the non-domestic student population. This is the case at the University of Iowa, where Chinese students comprised more than 70% of international undergraduates in 20…