Showing posts from May, 2018

Dr. Rahul Choudaha Elected as EAIE General Council Member 2018-2020

I am delighted to be elected as a member of the General Council of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). Founded in 1989, the EAIE is a non-profit, member-led organisation serving international education professionals. Every September, it hosts Europe's largest annual conference on international education. 2018 conference in Geneva is expected to attract 6,000 professionals from around the world.

I am honored to be joining following leaders in international education:

Incoming General Council:

Robert Buttery, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, SwitzerlandMark Cunnington, Study Group, UKMathias Falkenstein, CHE Consult GmbH, BelgiumEvelien Hack, Leiden University Medical Center, the NetherlandsPeter Kerrigan, DAAD, USAKees Kouwenaar, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the NetherlandsRoberto Napoli, University of Trento, ItalyArnold Persoon, Navitas, the NetherlandsNidhi Piplani, IILM Institute for Higher Education, IndiaSerge Sych, Ce…

International Student Enrollment Trends Differ by Types of Universities: Research

American universities and colleges are facing a dire challenge of an overall decline in student enrollment. Between Fall 2010 and Fall 2016, higher education institutions suffered a drop of 7.3%, which translates into 1.5 million fewer students in 2016, according to National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

While the domestic enrollments had been declining, one area of optimism had been growth in international student enrollment. The number of international students in the U.S. increased from 723,277 in Fall 2010 to 1,078,822 in Fall 2016, an increase of 49%, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In the same period, the financial contributions of international students grew at a faster pace of nearly 83% to reach US$ 36.9 billion in 2016/17.

However, this growth was unevenly spread by the type of institution. Doctoral Universities drove majority or 88% of the growth. Between 2010/11 and 2016/17, international enrollment at Doctoral Universities increased by…

Intensifying Competition and Shifting Expectations in the Next Wave of Global Student Mobility

How is the future of student mobility likely to shift? To understand the future trends, let us look back at the recent history of mobility. In my article, Three Waves of International Student Mobility, I analyze the trends from the lens of three overlapping waves shaped by key events impacting future trends. While many variables influence mobility, this framework provides a bigger picture of how mobility has changed over time from the perspective of competing destinations.

Wave I: Impact of Terrorist Attacks 
Wave I of international students has its origin in the increasing demand for high-skilled talent, especially in STEM subjects at master’s and doctoral level. During this wave, many institutions were motivated to attract international students for research and reputation – and were willing and able to provide funding and scholarships to lure global talent.

Wave II: Impact of Global Financial Recession 
Wave II has its origins in the global financial recession that started in the US.…

International Student Recruitment and Mobility Trends for Business Schools: AACSB ICAM 2018

I chaired a session at ICAM AACSB conference in Hawaii on international student mobility and recruitment trends from leadership perspectives. The discussion was set in the context of new competition from ambitious institutions in Asia and Europe and unfavorable political climate for many American institutions.

Despite its challenges “in today's turbulent climate, it's more crucial than ever for business schools to pursue and promote globalization in their programs,” says Pankaj Ghemawat and Phillip Bastian in “(Anti)Globalization and Higher Education.”

This interactive session discussed shifting mobility trends and its implications for business schools, which are aiming to attract and enroll international students. 
I highlighted the many traditional B-schools (Defenders) which have been attracting international students to English-speaking countries must reflect and assess how they are preparing to defend their enrollment goals in times of increasing competition from Challen…

Bridging Global Collaboration and Local Engagement: Going Global Conference

I recently participated in a panel presentation on the theme of More than two to tango: bridging global collaboration and local engagement at Going Global conference in Kuala Lumpur. The conference attracted over 1,000 attendees.
I shared the key elements of the global engagement framework and how four segments of institutions--defenders, adapters, challengers and innovators--must prepare for a different future and balance the tension between local priorities and global expectations.

Here are some of the questions explored during the panel discussion:
What are the shifting delivery models that will shape the future of global higher education and can they benefit local communities? How can universities’ internal structures support new styles of partnership involving international communities? What challenges does a broader and fully international engagement of social and community objectives present? How can universities manage an extended international community engagement alongside …