The politics of the great brain race

HENew paper by Creso and Emma Sabzalieva examines the policy and politics around international student recruitment in higher education in four Anglophone countries.

As the number of globally mobile students has expanded, governments are assumed to be consistently and intentionally competing for talent, in what has been called a “great brain race”. While the notion of competition has become dominant, there is little evidence on long-term policy dynamics in this field, not only across jurisdictions but also over time. This paper addresses this  through a longitudinal analysis of the politics and public policies impacting international students in four major recruiting countries—Australia, Canada, England and the USA.

Through this comparative analysis of the period 2000 to 2016, the study demonstrate that international student numbers across the jurisdictions have grown steadily but that this appears to be decoupled from political and policy changes.

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