Showing posts from November, 2013

Campus President of Monash South Africa shares his views on transnational education in Africa

In last couple of years, Africa has been gaining traction in terms of transnational education. It includes a diverse range of models from traditional branch campuses to emerging blended-learning models. Monash University South Africa had been one of the early movers in Africa and established the branch campus in 2001. More recently, Laureate International Universities partnered with Monash South Africa as a part of its strategy to invest in emerging markets. Here is a brief interview with Ron Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus President of Monash South Africa who shares his experiences in institution building and offers recommendations to universities interested in engaging with Africa.-Rahul

Financial contributions of international students: Contrasting approach of Louisiana & Ohio

International students contributed $17.7 billion in tuition and fee to the U.S. universities and colleges in fall 2012, resulting in an increase of $5.4 billion in tuition contribution between fall 2008 to fall 2012. Post-recession public higher education systems went through sharp budget cuts. For example, educational appropriations per FTE (full time enrollment) decreased by 23% in five years between 2007-2012. In this scenario, international students have been becoming integral to financial well-being of many institutions, as they can charge high out-of state tuition fee. This out-of-state tuition fee had been increasing at a faster pace than average growth in international student enrollment (blue line), as shown by the steeper slope of increase in Economic Benefit (green shaded area), which includes contributions in the form of tuition and fee.

Three international student enrollment growth trends in the US higher education institutions

The enrollment of international student at the US universities and colleges has reached a record high of nearly 820,000 in the 2012-13 academic year, according to the latest IIE Open Doors report (Open Door 2013 reports fall 2012 enrollment by all levels, as compared to CGS which reports fall 2013 graduate enrollment). However, which type of students are driving the growth? Which type of institutions attracting most international students? Are all higher education institutions witnessing similar growth?

What institutional drivers explain different enrollment trend of Indian and Chinese graduate students in the US?

Indian and Chinese graduate students are showing contrasting enrollment patterns at US universities, according to a recent report released by the Council of Graduate Schools. For India, first-time enrollment increased by 40% after two years of flat growth. In contrast, first-time enrollment of Chinese grew by measly 5% as compared to over 20% growth in previous two years. What explains this different trends?