Report: Rationale for sponsoring international study

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The rationale for sponsoring students to undertake international study: an assessment of national student mobility scholarship programmes


May 2014


David Engberg, Gregg Glover, Laura E. Rumbley, Philip G. Altbach


This research, driven in partnership by the British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), looks at the reasons why some national governments invest in supporting outward mobility scholarship programmes. The study aims to improve our understanding of why governments sponsor these programmes; how they are designed, administered, and funded; who participates and where they study; and what impact the programmes are having.

The report contains detailed case studies of 11 countries and their approaches to national outward mobility scholarship programmes, with comparative case study analysis and recommendations for countries looking to establish or develop outward mobility scholarship programmes.

The 11 countries covered in the report are: Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam.

This report was launched at the British Council’s Going Global 2014 conference, from 29 April to 1 May.