Around the world there is huge investment in sending students to study internationally. While much of this is funded by students and families, it is also funded by government scholarship programmes looking for an economic or social return on their investment.
International education produces graduates who are highly skilled, and also produces individuals who are highly mobile in an increasingly competitive global market for talent. In practice, international graduates are often attracted to work and settle in the countries and cities offering the best career opportunities and living environment. Consequently, although the social and economic benefits of international education are well recognised, these not shared equitably across the world, with the disparity most pronounced for countries in the developing world and for regions outside the big cities.
The session explores four initiatives which seek to address this through different approaches. Three are concerned with international education as a capacity builder and focus on how to obtain a return on investment for the home countries of international alumni. The fourth initiative, from a major host country, considers how to disperse the benefits obtained from hosting international students from the major conurbations and into rural communities and institutions.
- Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey, UK (Chair)
- Dr Rajika Bhandari, Deputy Vice-President, Research and Evaluation, Institute of International Education (IIE), USA
- Claudia Frittelli, Programme Officer, Carnegie Corporation of New York, USA
- Dr Randall Martin, Executive Director, British Columbia Council for International Education, Canada
- Professor John Kao, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Hong Kong University (HKU), Hong Kong SAR, China