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Awesome Article Alert: Know your international student – Global or glocal?

Over the past few weeks, I have found myself engaged in various dialogues about higher education on an international level.  This is largely related to the recent series I organized, How the Internet Changed Career, and working with schools on the other side of the pond.  Speaking of which, the first part of the series was recorded and is available here; the second part will take place this Thursday, May 2nd, for any interested career services professionals out there.  Back to the matter at hand – international students.

I came across University World News’ article this morning on Facebook,  Know your international student – Global or glocal?  It reminded me, how would you characterize international students on your campus? How has the definition changed, especially due to technology? Are they global or glocal? Technology has had a major impact on this trend because students have the ability to interact and study on an international level thanks to social media and online education, like MOOCs.

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Rahul Choudaha takes a look at the motivations and barriers to students who pursue higher education on an international level. Not surprisingly, mobility is changing based on career goals and financial resources.  Have you seen an increase among international students on your campus? Would you define them as global or glocal?  How has the climate changed?  Does technology play a role?  Would love to hear your thoughts!

by Shannon

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  1. Hi Shannon, this is a very interesting phenomenon that has been changing higher education in the US for the past few years. I had done a post recently about how colleges are recruiting international students and as a result of my research found many resources showing how international students in the US are on the rise. In my opinion, I think technology has played a key role in this change. Also, the changing economic situations of many countries like China where we’re seeing a huge influx of international students has also played a huge role. As a result of this, colleges have changed their strategies by offering programs outside of the US in the home countries of these students. Here is the post that I wrote which has many more stats and interesting findings related to international students in the US: http://aha.elliance.com/2013/05/01/international-student-enrollment-trends/

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