More than ever before, students have the option of studying abroad. The character of the higher education experience in many countries has been dramatically changed by the international flow of students. An increasing diversity and cosmopolitanism in higher education has been accompanied by that sector’s increasing financial dependence on students from overseas, and the fees they pay. Higher education, once perceived as a public good, is now driven by principles of business and marketing.
With a focus on Australia and South Africa, this book enhances understanding of the complex issues associated with international education in globalising times. The authors question the adequacy of many current higher education policies, challenge the contemporary emphasis on international education as a commodity rather than a public good, and put forward alternative ways of framing debates and formulating policies.