Universities Need To Prepare for Recruiting Next Wave of International Students

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New report from World Education Services explores student mobility trends.

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The U.S. is a sleeping giant in terms of international student recruitment and is just now waking up in response to the fiscal challenges faced by many public universities.

American Universities are set to strengthen their dominance in attracting international students, powered by the continued momentum from China and Saudi Arabia, revival of India, and emergence of new markets such as Brazil, according to a new report, “Trends in International Student Mobility,” released by World Education Services (WES) on March 1, 2012.

“The U.S. is a sleeping giant in terms of international student recruitment and is just now waking up in response to the fiscal challenges faced by many public universities. As the U.S. economy picks up, the perception of improved employment prospects will strengthen the attractiveness of the U.S. among international students and, at the same time, stringent immigration policies of the UK and Australia are likely to divert some traffic to the U.S. Finally, the sheer size of the American higher education system enables it to absorb international students at a higher rate than other countries,” says Dr. Rahul Choudaha, director of Research & Advisory Services at WES and the main author of the report.

Growth in international student populations will go beyond traditional leading destination states such as California and New York and trickle down to states like Oregon, Delaware and Iowa. The shift is driven by a new segment of international students at undergraduate levels who are seeking higher support for English as a Second Language (ESL) training, as well as by an increasing number of institutions that are proactively reaching out to students. The emergence of new destination states may also be attributed to state-level policy, such as Colorado initiating legislative changes to allow for the enrollment of more international students in public institutions.

The research paper is now available for download from the WES site at http://www.wes.org/ras. WES will also host a free interactive webinar on March 16, 2012 as a part of its Knowledge Resource Exchange initiative where the authors will discuss key findings, trends and implications of their research to help institutional leaders effectively set their international recruitment priorities; learn more and register at http://www.wes.org/webinars.

About World Education Services (WES): World Education Services, Inc. (http://www.wes.org) is the largest non-profit credential evaluation service in the United States. WES has delivered over 750,000 credential evaluation reports to educational, business, and governmental institutions worldwide.

About WES Research & Advisory Services (RAS): WES Research & Advisory Services (RAS) analyzes trends and issues in global education to advise education and government institutions on best practices and strategies in international enrollment management. RAS blends a rigorous research-driven approach with in-depth expertise to assist institutions achieve their international student enrollment goals. To discuss engagement opportunities, please email at RAS(at)wes(dot)org

About Dr. Rahul Choudaha: Dr. Choudaha is Director of Research & Advisory Services at WES, New York. He earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from India.


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