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The Global Student Experience

An International and Comparative Analysis, 1st Edition

Edited by Camille B. Kandiko, Mark Weyers


284 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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There are 100 million students in higher education throughout the world today. This collection provides some indication of what are they are learning and of their wider experiences. It also outlines the changing global context of provision for undergraduate students as countries and universities respond to what they anticipate will be new demands for virtual and more traditional learning in and across subjects of study. It brings together contributions from a range of authors to focus on common themes combined with descriptions of the student experience in national higher education systems. This affords insight into what students can expect from emerging patterns of provision worldwide. It also informs institutional decision makers as they attempt to meet changing international student demand within their own national circumstances of retrenchment or expansion in competition with private, public, and for-profit rivals at home and abroad.

The editors present this panorama of provision through a team of expert contributors who relate their experience and knowledge to shared global concerns. Thus, they combine the big picture of economic and political globalisation with examination of its various aspects, such as

  • cultural differences in learning,
  • distance provision
  • quality in the context of competition
  • the globally connected undergraduate curriculum
  • the predominance of business amongst other subjects of study, and
  • the assessment and ‘employability’ of graduates.

At the same time, in an increasingly open market there are also restrictions upon student travel and residence in many polities, and increasingly variable fees for home and international students. These pan-global themes are combined with an overview of ‘Western’ higher education, including the US, English and UK, and Australian systems of higher education contrasted with systems in different cultural contexts, such as the Middle East, Africa and South America, as well as the new giants China and India.


"..The book is a source of deep information for all professionals dealing with higher education institutions abroad. It not only helps us to understand what might await the student at a university abroad; it also offers an idea of what students coming from abroad experience in their studies and what expectations they have in respect to the hosting university. Therefore, it is an important resource for teaching staff, in order to be prepared to support international students and understand their expectations." - Hannah Leichsenring, CHE Consult, in Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Global Student Experience Dr Camille B. Kandiko Part 1 2. Students in a Global Market Dr Camille B. Kandiko 3. Beyond ‘Enculturation’: Culture, Learning and International Contexts of Higher Education Dr. Thushari Welikala 4. The Virtual Student: A distant, global, connected learner Professor Gráinne Conole and Dr Gabriel Reedy 5. Academic Literacy and Language Development Dr Arlys van Wye and Professor Nan Yeld 6. Employability, Key Skills and Graduate Attributes Dr Heike Behle and Gaby Atfield 7. Assessment and the Student Experience Dr Rosalind Duhs 8. Globalised Undergraduate Curriculum Dr Camille B. Kandiko Part 2 9. EU and Bologna: A new educational agenda for the knowledge society and its global students Assistant Professor Lena Adamson and Professor Anders Flodström 10. The Student Experience in the UK Dr Mark Weyers 11. The Student Experience in India Dr. Priti Chopra, Dr. Savita Datta and Dr.Veena Mishra 12. The Student Experience in China Dr Shuiyun Liu 13. Broadening Students’ Experience: A Singapore perspective Professor Daniel S H Chana and Dr Huang Hoon Chng 14. The Student Experience in South Africa Professor Judy Backhouse and Dr Fatima Adam 15. Growing Pains: The student experience in Chile Maria Jose Lemaitre and Professor Raúl Atria Benaprés 16. Conclusion: The Changing Landscape and Marketisation of Higher Education Dr Mark Weyers

About the Editors

Camille B. Kandiko is a Research Fellow at King's Learning Institute, King's College London.

Mark Weyers was a Senior Teaching Fellow in the UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching at University College London.

About the Series

International Studies in Higher Education

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Comparative