17 February 2017
Governments and universities around the world are increasingly concerned with increasing the number of international students who can improve income and boost performance in global university rankings. The number of international students is currently an indicator in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Times Higher Education (THE), and Round University Rankings.
The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has announced that the quota for foreign students at Russian institutions will be increased by 30% to 200,000 of which 20,000 will be state funded. Further increases are possible.
Lyudmila Ogorodova, deputy minister, said that university infrastructure had been improved and courses in English developed. According to the ministry, courses popular among foreigners include medicine and biotechnology.
In Canada, according to a report in the New York Times, there are now 350,000 international students and the number is expected to rise to 500,000 over the next ten years.
China is also attemptingto add an international element to the country’s higher education system. The “one belt, one road “initiative offers 10,000 scholarships for international students. There are reports that a similar policy in Hong King has provoked criticism by favouring international and mainland students over local candidates.
Meanwhile,the South China Morning Post reports that Tsinghua University, the country’s leading higher education institution,has relaxed its standards for the admission of international students.