“These wonderful, energetic, thoughtful, hopeful kids are the next generation of Zambians”

The Global Village at Oregon State University is a living learning community based on cultural exchange and it was felt that an international service experience would support the program perfectly.

 In August 2014 INTO OSU student engagement coordinators, Casey Glick and Allen Dean, volunteered on a summer camp for orphans and vulnerable children run by I-CCO – a project supported by INTO Giving.

The purpose of the trip was to give Casey and Allen an understanding of how the camp is run so that they would be able to prepare OSU students from the Global Village for a volunteering trip there next year. Here is Casey’s account of a typical day in the summer camp.

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Annual survey reveals agents value response times and service quality most highly in their relationships with institutions.

More than 880 respondents from 63 countries participated in the 2014 INTO global educational counsellor survey.  The results have once again supported some of the wider mega-trends in international education – including the rise of China, the growth in awareness of online education and the increasing importance of student advocacy.   But one of the the key messages emerging from this survey is that  while agents cite rankings most often when counselling students, it is the basics of service quality – response times to enquiries and applications, which they value most highly in their relationships with client institutions.

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Highlighting inclusiveness and internationalization through design

Oregon State University’s International Living-Learning Center (ILLC) is symbolic of many things: a shift in the approach to serving international students; the power of collaboration; and the globalization of higher education. The modern, elegant aesthetic reflects the building’s purpose – to represent the institution’s vision of a 21st century education. Continue reading “Highlighting inclusiveness and internationalization through design”

UK Mission Groups and International Student Recruitment – who attracts the most students?

 

The Times Higher Education supplement published the chart, below on 24th April 2014 exploring which mission group in UK Higher Education is most attractive to international students.

As we are launching our own regular chart-inspired blog we thought taking a closer look at this might be a good place to start.

 

 

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Visas and value – Behind the student migration statistics

Latest visa statistics published by Australia, the United States and Canada all point to increasing international higher education student enrolments.  The United Kingdom on the other hand recorded a slight dip for the first time in more than quarter of a century last month – although the forward signs are positive.  In this blog, Tim O’Brien looks at student enrolment patterns, rising costs of an international education and the impact visa policy is having on students from South Asia.

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Bringing the world to campus

This week, George Mason University announced a new initiative aimed at increasing the number of international students  by about 50 percent.  Currently, we have nearly 2,000 international students from 125 countries.

Over the next year, our new pathway programs will help increase that number to more than 3,000. These additional students won’t come at the expense of in-state or domestic out-of-state students, as we plan to grow our enrollments in all categories over the next decade.

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Forecasting is a precarious business, but how bright is the future for international education?

In 1964, the science fiction author and Boston University academic Isaac Asimov (pictured, right) imagined the world the world 50 years ahead (2014), in an article published in the New York Times. Surprisingly, he did quite well. He forecasted the advent of Skype and Face Time. He hinted at the wireless world and flat screen televisions. But he was wide of the mark on a range of other areas – that routine jobs would all but disappear; that we would live a life of enforced leisure.

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