International Educator - January/February 2013 - 14
Exploring New Markets for International Students
ORLD EDUCATION SERVICES (WES) recently released
New NAFSA President Fanta Aw
a report highlighting four emerging markets for international student recruitment. The report advises colleges and universi-
ties in the United States to explore Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Vietnam, and Turkey in an effort to diversify international student populations on campuses. According to the report, Beyond More of the Same: The Top Four
NAFSA’s Volunteer Leaders Take Office
NAFSA welcomes our new volunteer leaders, including president and chair of the Board of Directors Fanta Aw, assistant vice president of campus life and director of international student and scholar services at American University, and six atlarge board members, who took office on January 1, 2013 . Learn more about them at www .nafsa .org/electionresults .
Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment, nearly half of foreign students enrolled in the United States come from China, India, and South Korea. Though institutions are able to simplify regulatory processes when dealing with students from fewer countries, WES warns that overreliance on a small number of countries involves several risks and creates challenges in establishing a diverse international student population. The report includes profiles of the emerging market countries as well as challenges and recruitment strategies specific to each country. Learn more at www.wes.org/ras.
Demand for Skilled Workers Runs High in India
finding that its workforce severely lacks the skilled laborers required to support the country’s economy. As reported in The Economist, a recent Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors survey estimates that India needs nearly 4 million civil engineers, more than 350,000 architects, and many other skilled workers to support the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Many blame the scarcity of skilled workers on India’s education system, according to the article. A survey of 55,000 recent engineering graduates found that fewer than 3 percent were employable without extra training. The survey also found that 56 percent lacked analytical skills, and 78 percent were not proficient in English. Public funding has being committed to help promote job training. For example, the Indian government created the National Skill Development Fund, to which it contributed more than 10 billion rupees this year. But few partners have stepped up to offer effective training solutions. Some private groups that prepare graduates in industries such as computer science are looking to offer courses in other sectors, such as finance, hospitality, and health care. Private funds are also being donated to higher education to promote research and hire more faculty.
IN A COUNTRY WITH MORE THAN 1 BILLION PEOPLE , many in India are
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