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According to Brett Berquist, international director at the
University of Auckland in New Zealand, employability has
become one of the key motivators for decisions regarding
international higher education. "There has always been a
focus on return on investment when it comes to moving
to another country and investing significant resources in an
education far away from home. But our current fascination
with rankings and other performance metrics has made it
easier for student consumers to compare results and calculate the potential 'break-even' point on their investment.
[As a result], universities are increasingly reflecting on their
mission and making the case for how the educational experience they offer will equip their students for their changing
career over the course of their lifetime," he says.
Presenting international programs in employability
terms also helps attract a wider student audience. "This
focus on employability is also an effort to articulate the
importance of studying abroad to students who might not
be interested any longer in learning foreign languages or
in embracing a costly experience abroad as an opportunity
for personal growth alone. It is a pragmatic argument ad-

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dressing an increasingly pragmatic audience," says Paloma
Rodriguez, international education coordinator at Santa
Fe College in New Mexico.
Angela Manginelli, director of alumni relations at AIFS
Study Abroad, adds that presenting education abroad in
terms of career outcomes helps make a case for its added
value. "As a field we are, at times, still having to prove to
people that education abroad experiences are educational
and not merely an add-on to the college experience. By
focusing on the career outcomes of international education, we are able to get hard data-in addition to anecdotal
evidence-to support the work we do," she says.

Employability Drives
International Program Design
Martin Tillman, president of Global Career Compass,
adds that the employability demands are also affecting
the types of international education programs that are being developed. "Globalization of the workforce, increased
mobility of students, rising demand from employers for
'global-ready' graduates, are but a few of the new forces
of change impacting the traditional structure of international educational experiences available to students. The
momentum of these forces will continue to influence the
focus of higher education policy and planning with re-

hile discussions about employability
have recently become more prominent in the education abroad field,
its role has received less attention in the realm
of international student services. Although many
international students pursue their entire education abroad precisely because of the perceived
benefit of a foreign degree, their host institutions are often unprepared to provide them with
comprehensive career services.
However, universities are beginning to recognize the importance of offering career services
to their international students. "If we really believe that global competency is an expectation
for all of our graduates, how do we make sure
then that we are fully engaging our international
community on campus with those same kind of
experiences? We are looking at what we can do
to ensure that our international students have
the same kind of opportunities to be learning

about careers and professional opportunities
while they are here in the United States, within
the limits of their visas," says Cheryl Matherly,
vice president and vice provost of international
affairs at Lehigh University.
Some schools are hiring dedicated career
services professionals who work exclusively with
international students. For example, New York
Institute of Technology, which won the 2016
Simon Award for Campus Internationalization,
hired James Huang as an international student
support specialist in its Office of Career Services.
As international students are not allowed
to work off campus, he helps his students find
"smart volunteer opportunities" to build their
professional skills. "For those who can't obtain
internships, I work with students to find smart
volunteering opportunities where they contribute
their special skills to a nonprofit organization.
This year, for example, business students from



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 1
International Educator - January/February 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 5
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 6
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 11
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Voices
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Act Globally
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Tradition and History
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Health and Insurance
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - International Enrollment
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