When striving to cultivate global citizens, HE stakeholders must rethink their responses to issues such as brain drain, the refugee crisis and the extent to which student mobility disproportionately benefits the elites of society, international education leaders urged.
A year after Obama’s announcement that the US would begin restoring relations between the US and Cuba, NAFSA has launched an initiative to build academic relationships and student mobility between the two countries.
Educators in the US must change their approach to study abroad in order to boost outbound numbers, Fanta Aw, president of NAFSA, has said. She also spoke about trends in inbound mobility, noting that international recruitment has "ramped up".
President Barack Obama announced his plans to follow through with an immigration overhaul, including expanding and extending the federal Optional Practical Training programme, which allows international students to work in the US while studying.
International students and their dependents contributed $26.8 billion to the US economy and around 340,000 jobs were created or supported by the international education industry in the last academic year, according to an analysis by NAFSA, a leading industry body.
Last week NAFSA, Association of International Educators held the world's largest annual international education conference in San Diego. The organisation threw its weight behind immigration reform once more as the number of delegates broke the 10,000 mark for the first time.