Newsletter issue: February 2016

Anna Esaki-Smith
Editorial Director
Education Intelligence British Council
Dear colleagues:

I'd like to introduce a new feature this month, an infographic series called "Student Insight Facts & Figures" focusing on our signature longitudinal survey that has been on-going since 2007. We have, to date, collected 205,000 student responses from across the globe, and the wealth of information we have gathered regarding the factors that influence students when considering overseas study is deep and broad, from financial concerns to language ability to friends and family. We thought we'd share thought-provoking snippets of that data in a visual form.

Looking ahead to next month, we will be publishing a number of reports, including Student Insight Indonesia and Ukraine, as well as a Partnership Access on Perspectives on TNE: Postgraduate student views. The latter highlights how PG students in Hong Kong feel about their UK TNE programmes upon completion, and, as our infographic suggests, indicates significant interest in this mode of delivery.

Best regards,

Anna Esaki-Smith
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Elspeth Jones
Elspeth Jones began her working life teaching EFL for the British Council in Singapore and Japan, eventually rising to become International Dean and Professor of the Internationalisation of Higher Education, Leeds Beckett University, where she now holds an Emerita Professorship. She is a series editor of the Routledge book series, Internationalization in Higher Education. Her recent publications include research reports on employability skills development in TNE and student learning outcomes from international mobility.
What is your favorite conference and why?
I've always loved the Australian International Education Conference, everyone is so friendly and they give a great party. But I've also learned so much; their work in recruitment and marketing, visa issues, TNE and curriculum internationalisation is cutting edge - where the Aussies lead, the rest of the world often follows. In recent years though, the EAIE conference has become a favourite. Such a diverse and interesting group of participants from all over the world, papers on a broad range of topics and a social media presence second to none.
What is your current country of interest and why?
Not so much country but countries. I'm working with Hans de Wit, Jocelyne Gacel-Ávila and Nico Jooste on an edited collection called The Globalization of Internationalization to be published by Routledge later this year. We've focused on countries which don't feature as often in the literature, trying to understand what internationalisation means beyond the dominant Anglo-Western view and traditional models.
What is your greatest challenge?
Keeping up to date with the broad field of internationalisation in its various manifestations. But also, as an editor, I need to understand emerging trends and identify those which will be sufficiently important and long-lasting to merit a book rather than, say, a special edition of a journal. It may sound trite but Twitter is a great source of information and ideas - I often pick up links to research I wouldn't have heard of otherwise.
What keeps you up at night?
Surely most of us are troubled by global conflicts and the resulting human misery. The unimaginable suffering which causes people to leave their homes, risking their lives and facing hostility in receiving countries, can only be guessed at by those more fortunate. The causes and resolution of conflicts can seem intractable but we must continue to hope, and I believe higher education has an important role to play. Ensuring that all our students experience intercultural and international dimensions within their curriculum is a small yet vital step towards a more tolerant and peaceful future.
What's your guilty pleasure?
Snuggling up with my husband and binge watching TV, often till the very early hours. Fortunately, neither of us has to face the 'tyranny' of a full-time job these days, so our time is flexible. As a linguist, I'm fascinated by the current UK preoccupation with subtitled foreign language dramas. Although I love Borgen and The Bridge, we haven't yet found anything that can beat The West Wing or The Wire. Any recommendations welcome!
...that 12 per cent of undergraduate international STEM respondents in a British Council student survey intend to remain in academia, and among them 47 per cent plan to do so in their home country, while 41 per cent hope to stay in their host country? 

Find out more from our report, EI Features - International STEM students: Focusing on skills for the future

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