One of the reasons for writing to you each week is to exchange information on strategic international planning. I also think it is important to share with you information on people and organizations who make significant contributions to the body of knowledge about student mobility and international trends. One such organization is The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education located in the U.K.
The Observatory is a higher education research and monitoring unit within the International Graduate Insight Group (1-graduate), which is part of Tribal Group, plc. The Observatory provides information and analysis on trends, policy frameworks, and the full range of international higher education activities at both the institutional and government levels around the world. Its purpose is to provide data and analysis for institutional leaders and policy-makers so that they may shape their institutional strategies successfully to the changing landscape in international higher education.
As I travel around the U.S. consulting with schools who want to increase their international student population, I am struck by their lack of institutional research on student mobility and transnational education. The Observatory’s excellent and in-depth research reports would help any college or university to learn more about student mobility and international student trends.
The following are some of the Observatory’s research reports:
- Use of agents in international student recruitment.
- Student mobility and the transnational student experience.
- MOOCs, the online and open-access learning revolution.
- Private providers and public-private partnerships in higher education.
- Comparative developments in immigration policy as they affect international students.
As a member of the Observatory’s Advisory Board, I can attest to the creative and relevant research of the Observatory’s researchers. I have learned a great deal by attending their meetings and conferences. And the information was different from what I read in U.S. publications.
If you wish to join colleges and universities in 30 countries, contact the Observatory at:The Observatory of Borderless Education, telephone +44-1737-378-434.