Global Trends and Educational Systems

A variety of resources focused on global educational trends in higher education.

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Strategic Internationalization: At What Cost? Dr. Desai-Trilokekar explores the possible negative implications of a national policy on internationalization by looking specifically at the Canada case. She offers that Canada’s national strategic internationalization policy depicts a problematic worldview – one that emphasizes societal exclusion rather than inclusion, class hierarchy rather than equity; political borders, rather than mobility; and competition rather than cooperation and reciprocity. In this Trends and Insights, Dr. Desai-Trilolekar addresses these arguments and suggests, provocatively, that the word “strategic” no longer be associated with the word “internationalization.” Feb 09, 2016
Welcome to the Era of "Global Competition 2.0"

The AAUP's Role in a Globalized, Competitive Higher Education Landscape By Laura M. Portnoi and Sylvia S. Bagley Note: A slightly different version of this article first appeared in Academe, November-December 2015, Volume 101, Number 6. NAFSA thanks the

Jan 12, 2016
Tracking a Global Academic Revolution

The authors explain how a global academic revolution has been occurring during the past half-century due to the “massification” of higher education, globalization, the rising importance of the work at research universities to national priorities, and information technology.

Dec 20, 2013
The U.S. Community College and the Law of the Retarding Lead

The law of the retarding lead is used by political scientists, economists, and anthropologists to describe the phenomenon by which the best-adapted and most successful societies have the greatest difficulty in changing and retaining their lead in a period of transition. Conversely, societies formerly deemed less successful are more likely to adapt and forge ahead. Are U.S. community colleges about to suffer from that phenomenon?

Oct 28, 2013
What do MOOCs mean for Internationalization?

Just as it's hard imagine what life was like before the Internet, after 2012's breakout year for Coursera, Edx, and Udacity among others, it's hard to speak about higher education without mention of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Despite conflicting discourse from both critics and supporters of the platform, most of the industry agrees that it's too early to tell exactly how MOOCs will affect the landscape of higher education, and if they will ever be profitable. University courses are now available to anyone with an Internet connection—so how might this change international education?

Aug 01, 2013
International Education Supply and Demand: Forecasting the Future

Higher education providers in the United States can expect strong demand from international students for the next ten years. Why? Because that is the unstated conclusion in three separate market assessments from its main competitors.

Jun 05, 2013
The Uncertain Future for International Higher Education in the Asia–Pacific Region

This paper critically examines what we do and do not know about future trends in the trade in international higher education. Its prime focus is the Asia Pacific region as it includes four of the five biggest providers – Australia, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea....

Mar 25, 2010
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