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Governing Cross-Border Higher Education

1st Edition

By Christopher Ziguras, Grant McBurnie


190 pages

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Governing Cross-Border Higher Education examines the role of governments in relation to three key aspects of international education: student mobility; migration of international students; and transnational provision through collaboration or branch campuses. The research for this book is informed by interviews with key stakeholders in ten countries and extensive engagement with policy makers and international agencies. It analyses the ways in which governments are able to direct or at least influence these cross-border movements in higher education.

The book explores key issues that national governments are invariably required to contend with in an increasingly globalised higher education market, as well as the policy options available to them in such a climate. Alongside this, there is analysis into why states adopt particular approaches, with critical assessment of their varying success. Key topics include: 

    • the political economy of international higher education;
    • recruiting students;
    • promoting and regulating transnational provision;
    • student migration;
    • governing educational imports;
    • managing the outflow of students;
    • the regulated market.

This book will be a valuable and insightful resource for those involved in higher education policy and interested in the globalisation of the higher education market.

Table of Contents


  1. Policy Prescriptions: Trade, Competitiveness and Protection
  2. The Entrepreneurial State: Recruiting Students
  3. Managing the Outflow of Self-Funded and Sponsored Students
  4. Student Immigration Even the Best Laid Plans
  5. Student Emigration: Steering the Circulation of Brains
  6. Offshoring Higher Education: Promoting and Regulating Overseas Provision
  7. Regulation and Quality Assurance of Foreign Providers


About the Authors

Christopher Ziguras is Deputy Dean, International in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Grant McBurnie is an Associate in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

About the Series

Internationalization in Higher Education Series

In recent years internationalization has become of vital concern in Higher Education and all indications are that this will be increasingly the case. Globalization, privatization and mobility of students seeking internationally accredited qualifications relevant to a globally-mobile workforce are increasing the pressure on institutions around the world to take action in internationalizing curricula and professional practice.

This series addresses key themes in this internationalization with books written and/or edited by leading thinkers and writers in the field. Up to the minute and international in both appeal and scope the books in the series focus on delivering:

  • Contributions from a wide range of international contexts
  • Theoretical perspectives and practical examples for implementation
  • Evidence-based practice with an emphasis on evaluation of outcomes

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Professional Development