The Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange, charting international students in the United States and American study abroad, was published on 13 November by the Institute of International Education and the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. University World News reports.
Jenny J Lee
The looming international enrolment crisis at American universities and colleges illustrated by the Open Doors survey could make way for rethinking what internationalisation can be. I propose a bigger vision than competing for a dwindling supply – rehumanising, politicising and conscious-raising international education by asking new questions that extend beyond bottom-lines and towards synergistic possibilities.
New figures show a decline in international students going to the United States. Universities need to work harder to differentiate their offering and diversify their source countries.
The number of new international students in the United States declined by 3% in 2016-17 – dropping for the first time in the 12 years since the Open Doors survey of the Institute of International Education has reported new enrolments. But the overall number of international students rose by 3% to 1.08 million and Americans studying abroad increased by 4%.
The number of Indian students studying in the United States has nearly doubled in the last five years to more than 186,000, according to Open Doors data published last week. However, the growth rate of 12.3% in 2016-17 was the lowest in three years.
Some regions in the United Kingdom risk losing up to half of some university subjects’ European Union staff, due to uncertainty over immigration rules after Brexit, according to a new report from the British Academy.
Higher education institutions in the United Kingdom have tumbled in Times Higher Education’s just-published Global University Employability Ranking, while Asian universities – specifically in mainland China, Taiwan and South Korea – have made significant strides in respectability.
The proportion of students dropping out of Australia’s universities is about the same as it was a decade ago – despite a dramatic expansion of access to a larger and more diverse group of students than ever before.
The African Academy of Sciences is launching its own publication platform early next year that guarantees researchers immediate publication of articles and other research outputs without editorial bias, and a transparent post-publication peer review.
The Kenyan government has kicked off a fresh round of audits of state universities which will see campus closures, prosecution of top managers in defaulting institutions, massive job cuts and a radical change in the conditions of service for lower-level and non-teaching staff.
A ranking of Bangladesh’s private universities, published by two prominent media outlets, prompted mixed reactions in Bangladesh.
The long-awaited Heher Commission report into the feasibility of fee-free higher education and training has finally been released to the public by President Jacob Zuma, although South Africa still awaits his pronouncement on its contents.
The University of Zimbabwe deferred examinations scheduled for Wednesday, and at least two other universities advised students to stay at home last week, according to news reports and local sources. This came as the military staged what appeared to be a coup to end President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule.
University heads in Germany have adopted a resolution clarifying cooperation between higher education, industry and society at their members’ assembly in Potsdam.
America’s influential Association of International Educators, known as NAFSA, has welcomed the introduction of the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act to the House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill, also introduced to the Senate in September, is aimed at expanding study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students.
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Professors at Eastern Michigan University in the United States are objecting to its partnership with a private company to market and support online programmes, making it the latest institution to grapple with questions about the quality of online instruction.
Jan Petter Myklebust
Sofie Carsten Nielsen, Denmark’s minister for higher education and science in 2014-15 and now a spokesperson for the radical left party, has proposed a grant order to encourage international students receiving Danish financing to stay and work in the country after graduating.