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The Future (and present) of Studying Abroad

22 FEB 2012
Topic : Education News

A new book by higher education consultant Bob Goddard is claiming that the number of students around the globe enrolled in higher education will more than double to 262 million by 2025. This explosive growth will be mostly be in the developing world, with (surprise surprise) China and India leading the way. However, it also warns that there may not be enough places to satisfy this demand, which will lead to eight million students traveling to other countries to study. In case you’re wondering, that’s close to three times more than today.

“While the inability of developing countries to meet the medium-term demand for education domestically is a key factor determining the number of students travelling to another country for education purposes, it is also true there is a growing recognition of the benefits of an international education experience,” Goddard writes in the book Making a Difference: Australian International Education.

Interestingly, these estimates come hot on the heels of a new study that reveals an increase in the number of female US students studying abroad. In the 2009-10 academic year, women accounted for close to two-thirds of 270,600 US students studying abroad. This is being attributed to a number of things: the fact that there are more women than men enrolled in PSE and more women in programs that tend to utilize study-abroad components (like fine arts and foreign languages). Regardless of the cause, many are concerned at what this lack of international experience will mean for the last generation of male students, particularly as both the education world and job markets are increasingly global in scope.

To counteract this, numerous schools are promoting study-abroad programs in “male-friendly” publications and sites. Check out a recent feature from The Chronicle of Higher Education for examples of this trend.

Goddard’s Making a Difference: Australian International Education was released in November 2011. Though it focuses on foreign students enrolled in Australian institutions, this is done in the global context transnational education.

What do you think of these estimates?