Tag Archives: international students

Trump’s immigration ban: Will it undercut American soft power?

Trump’s immigration ban: Will it undercut American soft power?

The Trump administration moved over the weekend to ban all immigration from seven Muslim nations, including stopping the entry of students and scholars with valid study and work visas from those countries. A large number of students come to study in the United States from these nations: Iran ranks 11th on the list of countries […] … learn more→

Dwindling US international student numbers? Don’t blame Trump!

Dwindling US international student numbers? Don’t blame Trump!

This year will be an auspicious year for many reasons. Russia will celebrate the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution. Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday. But there are also portents of a year of change and disruption for higher education throughout the world. The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States will […] … learn more→

The politics of the UK and the US will not be welcomed by international students

The politics of the UK and the US will not be welcomed by international students

The US and the UK are top of the most desirable destinations for international students. Every third globally mobile student is enrolled in either of these two countries. In 2016, both countries faced sociopolitical shock. First, the UK referendum resulted in Brexit; and now, the US has elected Donald Trump as its new president. It […] … learn more→

Do international students in the Netherlands really need lectures in perfect English?

Do international students in the Netherlands really need lectures in perfect English?

If you were to compare a Dutch university classroom from the 2000s with one from today, one difference would jump out at you: the international character. Over the past decade and a half, internationalisation has taken flight in the Netherlands. It is not the exchange students that make the difference, even though their numbers have […] … learn more→

Rising players in higher education: the countries to watch out for

Rising players in higher education: the countries to watch out for

A university education is a highly valued commodity in Asia. Australia has benefited from this in terms of the economic advantages international education has brought. In 2015, there were 272,095 higher education international students in Australia who contributed almost A$12.5 billion to the economy. The vast majority were from Asia. They also supported thousands of […] … learn more→

International students are worth more than their tuition fees

International students are worth more than their tuition fees

Just over 10 years ago, the president of Emory University, my Atlanta-based institution, told an international planning group that he wanted to hear many languages during his daily walks across campus. This vision was based on the idea that international diversity and perspectives enrich the classroom and life on campus, while also helping to prepare […] … learn more→

World insight: the future of Chinese student mobility

World insight: the future of Chinese student mobility

Analysing Chinese student mobility patterns over the past two decades reveals impressive statistics. Currently, Chinese students are the most mobile students in higher education. Twenty per cent of all international students, or every tenth international higher education student, originates from China. According to the Chinese Ministry of Education, 459,000 Chinese students studied abroad last year, […] … learn more→

US student body grows ever more international, but inequality persists

Through its higher education system, the US student population is slowly shedding an unfortunate image it may have once had of being rather parochial. The US continues to be the destination of choice for students worldwide, with international student enrolment growing by 8% last year, according to new figures released by the Institute of International […] … learn more→

The elephant in the chat room: will international students stay at home?

In 1923, a young boy leaves his small village in India and travels by boat to study at Columbia University in the United States. This is a time when only five out of every hundred of India’s three hundred million people can read and write. His story, featured in a Boy Scouts’ magazine, was billed […] … learn more→

Playing along with the immigration game

Are international students immigrants? Surely it depends on whether students decide – and are able – to stay in the host country after graduation. In a seminar held in London recently, entitled ‘Competing globally: The impact of government immigration policy on UK universities’, Universities UK (UUK) argued that international students at universities should be excised […] … learn more→