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Mobility Data: Up or Down?

VU International News and Reviews No. 110 April 9 2018

April 2018

In the Spring 2018 issue (93) of “International Higher Education” published by the Boston College Center for International Higher Education, OECD Education Division Head Dirk van Damme analyses what he sees as the faltering growth of international mobility. He writes that as many expected the huge growth in international student mobility from 1.7 million in 1995 to 4.5 million in 2012 to continue, the OECD Education at a Glance shows that it didn’t: “Between 2012 and 2015, a mere 100,000 students were added to the 4.5 million.”
This is remarkable because one can read the following in that OECD EaaG publication:

The supporting graph in that publication does, however, support Van Damme’s warning about minimal growth in 2013-15:

All in all, Van Damme’s concluding remark is worth repeating – and the whole article worth reading: “What is happening both on the demand and supply sides of international higher education is fundamentally reshaping the size and direction of international student mobility
flows. (…) the current changes in international education will have a profound impact around the world in the twenty-first century.”

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