The Impacts of Geo-political Trends on International Student Mobility

Abstract

Comparing cases in three different countries (Taiwan, USA, and Korea), this session will discuss how politics may influence student recruitment and how institutions can remain globally competitive. International students are a great asset to any country, and given the political climate around the world, establishing a welcoming and leading institution will increase the international student number as well as the global reputation of the institution. International students are important for contributing such diverse talents and financial benefits to these universities since the majority pay full tuition and create a different in-class dynamic. However, international students are often affected by strict political regulations (e.g. visas, work permits), and social political issues (e.g., discrimination or bias-related incidents).  It is crucial to acknowledge these issues because although a country can be popular for international students, other countries are rapidly becoming globally competitive and attractive to international students. This session will focus on how geo-political issues in a country can alter international students’ interests and how international enrollment management could cope with these issues. The three presenters will discuss together the similarities and differences of facing mobility vis-à-vis politics and propose alternatives and solutions to these challenges in the global trends and contexts.