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Palgrave Macmillan

Student Mobilities, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education

ISBN 9780230305588
Publication Date April 2011
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Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The last ten years have seen the deepening and expansion of the process of internationalization in relation to higher education. This process is multi-faceted and has included the development of education 'brands' as governments and educational institutions become increasingly entrepreneurial in their approach to higher education. The number of students who choose to study abroad has also increased considerably.
Although there is a growing academic literature on the internationalization of higher education, students' own perspectives - on their motivations, objectives and experiences - are sorely lacking. Student Mobilities, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education is intended to address this gap. Its strong empirical focus, drawing on case studies of mobile students from East Asia, mainland Europe and the UK, helps to develop an in-depth understanding of both the commonalities and differences in the experiences of students from different parts of the world who choose to move abroad to pursue a higher education. It discusses the implications of their movement for contemporary higher education and for our understanding of migration more generally.

RACHEL BROOKS Professor of Education at Brunel University, UK and co-convenor of the British Sociological Association's Youth Study Group. Her research focuses on the internationalization of education, citizenship education and political engagement, and young people's experiences of education and training.  She is author of Friendship and Educational Choice.
JOHANNA WATERS Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. Previously, she worked for six years in the Department of Geography at the University of Liverpool, UK. She has published widely on transnational migration and international education and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Canada, the UK and Hong Kong.

List of Tables and Figures
Policy Context
Mobility of East Asian Students
Mobility within Mainland Europe
International Mobility of UK Students
Geographies of Student Mobility
Student Mobility and the Changing Nature of Education


'this is a timely book. It is also an interesting and well-written piece, which provides a good introduction to the topics of mobility and...internationalization in higher education.' - Journal of Research in International Education
'This book offers so much more than the title suggests! . . . The authors take us on a fascinating journey through related theoretical debates around globalisation, migration and knowledge construction . . . This book should be valuable for anyone working in international and comparative education.' - Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
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