In the last decade, we have witnessed new forms of cross-border
post-secondary education. These forms not only include
international student mobility, but also the mobility of
educational programmes and institutions across borders.
Until now, however, there has been no comprehensive account of
these activities at the global level. This book fills the gap by
bringing together up-to-date statistics, case studies and policy
reports. It analyses the major trends and developments in
cross-border post-secondary education in North America, Europe, and
the Asia Pacific region. It identifies the rationales of
stakeholders and the major approaches to cross-border education. It
then focuses on the main challenges that the rapid growth in
cross-border education presents for policies both at the national
and international levels. Topics covered include:
Policy initiatives to promote cross-border post-secondary
Individual, institutional and country rationales for delivering or
receiving cross-border education services.
Size and growth of cross-border post-secondary education in terms
of student mobility, programme mobility (e.g. e-learning) and
institutional mobility (e.g. international branch campuses and
foreign direct investments).
Assessment of the possible impact of the General Agreement on
Trade in Services (WTO).
Challenges facing cross-border post-secondary education as well as
domestic post-secondary education systems in a context of growing
internationalisation (e.g. regulation in terms of quality assurance
and recognition of qualifications, cost and financing, equity of
access, trade agreements, capacity building in receiving countries,
mobility of highly skilled personnel, cultural diversity).
"Internationalisation and Trade in Higher Education:
Opportunities and Challenges" will be of particular interest to
policy makers, researchers, and others involved in post-secondary
A companion volume, "Quality and Recognition in Higher Education:
The Cross-border Challenge," examines national and international
frameworks on recognition of qualifications.
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