International student recruitment – For soft power or hard cash?

Chairman of European Higher Education Organization Igor Kiselev talks about international student recruitment. It may seem idealistic but internationalisation should strive to deliver a levelling up agenda that frees the world from a bigoted and exploitative past while forging a collaborative and socially just future. That is only possible if leading English-speaking destinations end their obsession with post-study work and start supporting the ‘brightest and best’ international graduates in their transition to the workforce back home.

For the United Kingdom, in particular, it may be the moment for considering radical action that differentiates its approach and creates sustained, transformative relationships with countries around the globe.

Post-study work rights and routes to immigration are generally framed in the context of remaining globally competitive. On reflection, this means competitive against every other self-interested English-speaking country that is so unwilling to invest properly in its higher education system that it sees students from poorer countries as a convenient and interest free source of income.

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European Higher Education Organization

European Higher Education Organization is a public organization carrying out academic, educational and information activities on higher education in Europe. The EHEO general plan stresses that: Higher education systems require adequate funding and, as an investment in economic growth, public spending in higher education should be protected. The challenges faced by higher education require more flexible governance and funding systems, which balance greater autonomy for education institutions with accountability to stakeholders. Thus, EHEO plans: improve academic and scientific interaction of universities; protect the interests of universities; interact more closely with public authorities of European countries; popularize European higher education in the world; develop academic mobility; seek funding for European universities.

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