Showing posts from January, 2014

Founding Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai on making universities more transnational

International branch campuses are resource-intensive, complex endeavors, especially in the context of the emergence of technology-enabled learning models. They become even more complex when reputation is involved, forcing some universities to reassess their investments and global expansion goals. However, two recent ventures which have been successful in taking their grand ideas to implementation, despite obstacles, are--Yale NUS and NYU Shanghai (disclosure: I also teaching graduate seminar at NYU Steinhardt on International Perspectives in Education Reform). Here is the interview with Prof. Jeffrey Lehman on his leadership experiences with NYU Shanghai. - Rahul Choudaha

Jeffrey S. Lehman, the founding vice chancellor of NYU Shanghai, previously served as founding dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law, president of Cornell University, dean of the University of Michigan Law School, a professor of law and public policy at the University of Michigan, a practicing law…

GRE and GMAT test taker volume comparison for international students

Number of international graduate students coming to the US had been growing at a slower pace as compared to number of undergraduate students. Here is the data snapshot of leading markets by test-taker volume for GRE and GMAT. It is sorted by top markets for GRE test-takers.

The chart suggests that China is the most important international market for GMAC, while India is most important for GRE. At the same time, it shows opportunities of growth for GRE in China, especially for business programs. Iranians are mostly taking GRE for non-business programs and have shown significant increase in recent years. Taiwan is primarily a GMAT market, again indicating opportunities for GRE for business programs. 
Here is a related post "What institutional drivers explain different enrollment trend of Indian and Chinese graduate students in the US?"

Comparative data on enrollment of Chinese and Indian students in US, UK and Australia

Drivers of mobility of international students are complex, which makes it even more difficult to devise effective, long term recruitment strategies. Consider the case of the global mobility of top two sending countries--China and India. While the growth of Chinese students to major destinations is a clear growth trend, many are still perplexed with decline in the enrollment of Indian students. This becomes evident from the comparison of Indian and Chinese student enrollment in top three destinations--Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Here are some of the trends:
Number of Chinese students showed a consistent pattern of growth, while Indian students showed a consistent declineNumber of Chinese students enrolling in the US increased at the fastest rate, while number of Indian students in Australia declined at the sharpest rateIndian student mobility is highly concentrated in the US followed by UK and Australia. Seventy-three percent of all Indian students headed to th…

Engaging with Senior International Officers in higher education and their comprehensive internationalization strategies

I am honored and delighted to be elected as the Chair for NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IELKC). IELKC serves knowledge, skills and networking needs of aspiring, new and experienced senior international officers (SIO) who lead comprehensive internationalization in a diverse institutional settings ranging from community colleges to doctoral research universities, based in the US and abroad. I look forward to working with NAFSA members and attending Washington Leadership Meeting (WLM).
Most of the readers of this blog are already aware of NAFSA, however, for the uninitiated, "NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA's 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide, in over 150 countries."
Here is must read article published in International Educator magazine on the profile of SIOs and their increasingly i…