Do political events in a host country affect international education engagement?

Monday, 16 October 2017, 02:00 pm — Monday, 16 October 2017, 03:00 pm


Location Advanced Technology Building, Room ATC 210
Contact sarah.joel@newcastle.edu.au

There have been numerous attempts in the past to forecast international student demand. The success of such attempts depended on how well the forecasting model could project demographic growth in sending countries, future provision of local education and the economic ability of countries’ middle-class families to afford to educate their children overseas. The only condition is ‘all other things remaining constant’.

Perhaps the greatest known disruption to ‘all other things remaining constant’ (and also the least studied one) is linked to changes in the political environment of the host countries. While it is too early to evaluate the impact of political shifts such as Brexit and Trump, the founder and director of Education Insight, Janet Ilieva, will present findings of a study that aims to establish whether politics affects international student demand in different countries and whether some countries are likely to be affected more than others.

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Janet IlievaAbout the speaker

Janet is founder and director of Education Insight, a research consultancy specialising in international higher education. Janet started her career as a university lecturer in economics before joining the British Council in 2004, to lead the department’s work for higher education research and market intelligence. Under her leadership, the British Council published a number of widely cited reports and publications, including the “Shape of things to come”, and more recently, “The shape of global higher education” which informed institutional and national strategies on international higher education. Janet joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in May 2013 as head of the HEFCE Observatory. There, she published on international student demand for higher education and transnational education. Janet is a member of the Research Committee of the International Education Association of Australia and an advisor on the UK – Philippines Transnational Education Links programme, which is a joint initiative between the British Council and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in the Philippines.