Category Archives: India


The Rise of ‘Educational Sovereignty’

For the past several decades, many international branch campuses have operated without much oversight from their home countries and with a sense of diplomatic immunity in their host countries. Recently, however, some countries are following the lead of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore, and have created structures to regulate foreign education providers within their borders, often giving them special status in the national education system. But, as part of this development, we’ve no…


Looking Ahead: 4 International Trends for 2014

Crystal_ball_(1)It’s a new year, and we’re dusting off the crystal ball to make new prognostications about the future of global higher education. But first, let’s evaluate the predictions we made last year to find out what we got right (and wrong) in 2013.

We correctly predicted that there would be greater pushback against foreign branch campuses and other international programs set up by American universities. At the beginning of 2013, we already knew that John Sexton, president of New York University, was fac…


A Passage From India: Lessons From an International Student’s Journey

The following is by Rajika Bhandari, deputy vice president for research and evaluation at the Institute of International Education.

My first taste of the United States was a shrink-wrapped chocolate-chip cookie and a can of chilled Coke on an American Airlines flight to Raleigh, N.C. It was 1992, and I was one of 36,000 Indian students studying in the United States that year, according to the Institute of International Education’s “Open Doors” report. That fli…


Study Abroad Must ‘Prepare for the Worst’ on Sex Harassment

This month CNN published online a blog post by a student from the University of Chicago that described the sexual harassment she faced while studying abroad in India for three months. Her story reportedly received more than 800,000 page views and attention from the news media in India, where there’s been a national debate about gender discrimination.

It also raised questions about the role colleges play in preparing students for overseas travel. In a statement to CNN, the University of Chicago s…


India’s New Rules for Foreign Universities Are a ‘Missed Opportunity’

800px-Welcome_mat_2India appears to have finally agreed to a set of rules for establishing international branch campuses within its borders. This has been a long process, with many false starts and few conclusive decisions. And, as we have written previously, the nation desperately needs to expand access to higher education. Assuming that news reports are accurate, this time it looks like India is finally ready to open up its borders to foreign universities.

But will they be willing to come?

The recent move could …


U.S. Universities Are Critical for Work in Developing Countries

The following is a guest post by Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

Peter McPherson, resident of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

U.S. higher education is uniquely positioned to contribute to the agriculture, health, and economic prosperity of developing countries. And the U.S. government plays an important role supporting such work. But that partnership between government and universities c…


Is the International-Education ‘Bubble’ About to Pop?

Reflection_in_a_soap_bubble_editThere has been much talk in the United States recently about higher-education “bubbles.” The growing student-loan debt is one, while others point to increasing costs and continued high unemployment as an indicator that higher education writ large is creating a bubble. Closer to our area of study are claims of a possible international-branch-campus bubble.

One bubble has gotten less attention and may be on the verge of popping. And if it does, it could have a big impact on academe.

Colleges and u…


The Global Challenge of Scaling Up Higher Education

Engineering students outside the Mumbai office of the All India Council for Technical Education.

Engineering students outside the Mumbai office of the All India Council for Technical Education in August 2012.

A recent trip to India I took underlined the challenge that higher education faces worldwide. It must change what it does and how it does it to meet the growing demand. In India, for example, one estimate is that 500 million people will need training in vocational skills by 2022 and 40 million will need a university education by 2020. The consequences of these kinds of numbers for coll…


3 Lessons in Building Partnerships in India

The following is a guest post by Cheryl Matherly, the University of Tulsa’s vice provost for global education. It is following up on a Chronicle article about the challenges American universities face in building partnerships in India.

A street in Delhi, India. While the country can be a confusing place, it holds great promise for American educators.

A street in Delhi. While the country can be a confusing place, it holds great promise for American educators, says Cheryl Matherly.

My flight to New Delhi from Chicago had already been delayed 24 hours when I learned that my Air India…


To Fix Its Education System, India Should Look to MOOCs

The following is a guest post by William H. Avery, author of China’s Nightmare, America’s Dream: India as the Next Global Power. The blog post is adapted from a commentary published in the Economic Times of India and continues themes raised in a recent Chronicle article on the challenges American colleges face in India.

High-school students taking final exams in Jaura, India.

In the 20th century, the United States built a higher-education system that no nation could m…