International Education Leadership


International Student Mobility: Asia as the Next Higher Education Destination

Thursday, June 2
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Room: CCC, 503-504

Drawing on academic, nonprofit, and governmental perspectives, this session will explore Asia’s rise as a key host of international students. Speakers will present recent Project Atlas data and discuss current governmental and multilateral initiatives that aim to increase intraregional mobility.

Learning Objectives:

Rajika Bhandari

Deputy Vice President, Research and Evaluation
Institute of International Education
New York, New York

Rajika Bhandari, PhD, is deputy vice president of Research and Evaluation at the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York. She leads two major research projects, Open Doors and Project Atlas, which measure international higher education mobility at the U.S. and international levels. She is a frequent speaker and author on global student mobility and has written four books on the subject. Before joining IIE, Bhandari was a senior researcher at MPR Associates, an educational research firm in Berkeley, California. She also served as the assistant director for evaluation at the Mathematics and Science Education Network at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a doctoral degree in psychology from North Carolina State University and a BA in psychology from the University of Delhi, India.

Ola A. Mahmoud

Research Officer
Institute of International Education
New York, NY

Ola Mahmoud is a Research Officer with the IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact at the Institute of International Education in New York. Ms. Mahmoud manages Project Atlas, a collaborative global initiative that collects and disseminates current data on higher education mobility trends of students worldwide. She also designs and conducts research on U.S. study abroad for IIE’s Generation Study Abroad. Prior to joining IIE, Ms. Mahmoud analyzed language proficiency assessments and coordinated national field-testing efforts. She holds an MS in Educational Psychology from George Mason University.

Kazuo Kuroda

Dean of International Affairs
Waseda University
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Kazuo KURODA has long been interested in educational development and policies in Asian nations, global and regional governance of education, and inclusive and special needs education. He graduated from Waseda University (B.A.), Stanford University (M.A.) and Cornell University (Ph.D.) and was Researcher in Residence at the Overseas Development Council in Washington, D.C., Consultant for the Asia Pacific Regional Department of the World Bank, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at the Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education of Hiroshima University, Visiting Fellow at UNESCO’s International Institute of Educational Planning and Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo. Kuroda is currently Research Fellow at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute, Member of the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO and Councilor of the Asian Cultural Center for UNESCO. He also serves as board members for Japan Society for International Development and Japan Comparative Education Society and editorial board members of several academic journals including International Journal of Educational Development and Peabody Journal of Education. His recent edited book publications include Migration and Mobility in Asia Pacific Higher Education (2012) by Palgrave Macmillan, Asian Regional Governance of Higher Education (2013) by Keisoshobo and Emerging International Dimensions in East Asian Higher Education (2014) by Springer.

Paul Turner

Institute of International Education
Beijing, District of Columbia


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