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Feature Project Atlas A Coordinated Approach to Measuring Global Student Mobility By Robert Gutierrez and Rajika Bhandari According to current estimates, over 2.5 million students seek an education outside their home countries—a 41 percent increase since 1999 (OECD, 2007). Not only is there a large increase in the total number of international students, but more and more students are also seeking an international education in nontraditional destinations and diverse locales in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Open Doors survey on International Educational Exchange shows that U.S. student enrollments in Asia alone have nearly doubled since 2000 (Open Doors, 2006). It is no surprise that as these regions position themselves as key actors in the global economy, more students are seeking a valuable cultural and educational experience on their shores. As the field of mobility evolves and expands across all destinations, there is a need to more accurately measure these changes. National-level organizations that collect data for their respective countries have encountered challenges in comparing their international enrollments against those of other countries due to variations in defining an “international student” and in data collection methods. Without good data, there is no way to respond effectively to global developments in higher education. Increasingly, policy makers and the media are seeking information not just on America’s hosting of international students but also on how the “competition” is doing and how U.S. efforts fit into the global search for academic talent. These data are necessary to help assess the impact of political, eco48 nomic and social trends on international student mobility. Modeled after IIE’s flagship research project, Open Doors, and with support from the Ford Foundation, IIE’s Project Atlas is a key resource for global student mobility data. Founded in 2001, the project, and its associated website, the Atlas of Student Mobility (www.atlas.iienetwork.org), document the migration trends of the millions of students who pursue education outside of their home countries each year. By bringing together a community of international researchers and higher education policy makers, Project Atlas collects, synthesizes and disseminates data on global student mobility patterns by country of origin, as well as by leading destinations for transnational higher education. Underlying the activity is an unprecedented effort to engage national-level data collection organizations around the globe in a cooperative effort to examine the broader implications of international student exchange work. Current partners include the British Council, the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA), Australian Education International (AEI), the China Scholarship Council (CSC), and the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), the Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES) in Mexico, among others. http://www.atlas.iienetwork.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2007

IIE Networker - Fall 2007
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Investing in Our Future: Reaching Underserved Audiences through International Academic Exchanges
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series A Conversation with Brown University President
National Policies for International Education
New Zealand
United Kingdom
Sponsored Students
Project Atlas: A Coordinated Approach to Measuring Global Student Mobility
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2007