Going Beyond “Heavy Recruitment of Chinese Students”

Chinese Students Studying on American Campus

It has been only a few days after the recent WSJ article “Heavy Recruitment of Chinese Students Sows Discord on U.S. Campus” was published. Over 600 comments flooded in.

It represents a broad range of perspectives, from adverse comments from Chinese students “you bring in more international students just for money, so deal with the consequences. Nobody is paying to be changed;” to encouraging comments by American students “he’s a nice guy, and we get along fine, but there are obvious cultural differences besides the huge hurdle of the language barrier;” to advocators for global talents “there are many very smart international kids too. We find them everywhere – doctors, money managers, consultants, lawyers, engineers, etc. Language and culture are an initial barrier, but people do come around that and have proved to be very successful;” to more concerning thoughts about the future of American higher education, “my point is universities like many American institutions, have lost sight of what they were created to accomplish. (…) The current approach to admitting foreign students just to raise revenue is already backfiring.”

It has been a heated discussion and pulls strong arguments from different angles. We need to take them all into consideration to move closer to a solution.

Here are a few reflections:

Successful acculturation and engagement of international students cannot materialize without investment of time and effort at both the institutional and individual level. Investing in student success not only directly supports the student but also helps in future enrollment.  

What do you think we can do as international educators and students to transform these acculturation challenges into opportunities?

 

About Di Hu

Co-founder and principal coach at interEDGE.org, an initiative of DrEducation, to offer online training solutions to institutions to support academic and career success of international students. Follow her on @CoachDiHu

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  1. […] Focus on international student experience: Recruiting and enrolling international students is becoming more competitive. GEM professionals should leverage positive international student experiences and success stories to build brand recognition among prospective students. […]

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