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The Third Wave of International Student Mobility and Global Competitiveness of Asian Universities
- Rahul Choudaha (Research Associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley)
Over the past decades, global mobility of students grew from 2.2 million in 2001 to 5.1 million in 2016—an increase of 130%—according to the UNESCO. However, this singular growth trajectory in the number of students masks the qualitative shifts and underlying trends and issues shaping the mobility patterns. To this end, there is a need to better understand the shifts in terms of source and destination countries along with student segments and national policies.
Student mobility can be analyzed from the lens of three Waves marked by key external events. While the first and second Waves were characterized by the terrorist attack and global financial recession respectively, third Wave is shaped by the new political order which is intensifying global competition for attracting international students. In this Wave growing ambition and competitiveness of Asian universities to attract international students is going to shift mobility patterns of students in search of value for money.
Research Associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley
Dr. Rahul Choudaha is a recognized scholar-practitioner based out of San Francisco Bay Area. His research focuses on mobility and experiences of international students and its implications for institutional global engagement and internationalization strategies. Choudaha has presented nearly 150 sessions at professional conferences including several keynotes/plenaries and has been quoted over 300 times in global publications including the BBC, Time, NPR and The Wall Street Journal.
Choudaha is a research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he has taught graduate courses on International Higher Education at New York University and Baruch College. He received the Tony Adams Award for Excellence from the European Association of International Education in recognition of his research on international student segments. Choudaha holds a doctorate in higher education from University of Denver.