International students in Kyrgyzstan

A great infographic published by Russian media agency Sputnik offers a visual breakdown of Kyrgyzstan's 20,000 international students. I've reproduced the infographic below but it is Sputnik's and the original post can be found here. For non-Russian readers, here's a summary: Kyrgyzstan's educational 'market' is specific to its geographic and linguistic neighbours India is by …

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Of bars and brothels: Turkmenistani parents warned of dangers of allowing children to study abroad

The opportunity to study abroad is usually positioned as a life (and CV) enhancing experience. Among other benefits, studying abroad enables you to learn about different ways of teaching and learning, find out about new cultures, make new friends, and brush up on your language skills. Little wonder that the number of internationally mobile students …

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Хватит говорить о «борьбе за студентов» [Forget the competition trope]

Хотите знать по больше о моем исследовании на русском языке? Читайте дальше! Вышел на свет русский перевод статьи о нашем с руководителем проекте о глобалной конкуренции за международных студентов. Ну вот, статья на русском. This blog post is letting Russian language readers know about a new Russian translation of an article my supervisor wrote about …

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New(ish) publication: The politics of the great brain race

I realized I didn't blog about a recently published article I co-authored with Prof Creso Sá, my supervisor at the University of Toronto. How remiss of me! (?!) So, let me tell you about our article, The politics of the great brain race: Public policy and international student recruitment in Australia, Canada, England and the USA, …

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Could Kazakhstan become a regional higher education hub?

If you’re the Kazakh state, the answer is an obvious “yes”. No details have yet to emerge from the Centre for International Programmes, the government agency tasked with internationalizing Kazakh higher education, but you can bet that if the public policy agenda is leading in this direction, it won’t be long before the hub becomes …

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New publication: Who are Tajikistan’s international students?

Who leaves Tajikistan to study abroad, and why? Where do these students go, and what do they study? What are their post-study destinations? These are some of the questions I address in my new essay on Tajikistan's international students, out today in Higher Education in Russia & Beyond (HERB). You can find out more about the survey on …

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Kyrgyz students 2015 – who, what, where

This is a wonderful infographic from Sputnik, a Russia media agency that set up shop in Kyrgyzstan last year. Produced recently for International Day of Students, the original article is here. For me, the most interesting stories are: The mismatch between the funding that the state is making available to students, and the courses they want …

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International students, international communities

I recently started a new job as Registrar at St Antony's College, which is part of the University of Oxford. Each student at the University is a member of a College, and the College provides residential, pastoral and social facilities as well as providing teaching (for undergraduate students) and a base for researchers, seminars, conferences …

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