Understanding aspirations and expectations of international students in Australian higher education

Azmat, Fara, Osborne, Angela, Le Rossignol, Karen, Jogulu, Uma, Rentschler, Ruth, Robottom, Ian and Malathy, Vanaja 2013, Understanding aspirations and expectations of international students in Australian higher education, Asia Pacific journal of education, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 97-111, doi: 10.1080/02188791.2012.751897.

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Title Understanding aspirations and expectations of international students in Australian higher education
Author(s) Azmat, FaraORCID iD for Azmat, Fara orcid.org/0000-0001-5608-3130
Osborne, Angela
Le Rossignol, KarenORCID iD for Le Rossignol, Karen orcid.org/0000-0002-3826-1156
Jogulu, Uma
Rentschler, Ruth
Robottom, Ian
Malathy, Vanaja
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of education
Volume number 33
Issue number 1
Start page 97
End page 111
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2013-03
ISSN 0218-8791
Keyword(s) Australia
higher education
international students
Summary The aspirations and expectations of the growing international student cohort in Australia are implicitly incorporated into recruitment and internationalization strategies but have received little academic analysis. To address this gap in the literature, this paper develops a conceptual model built upon earlier research by Tim Mazzarol and Geoffrey Soutar, which focuses on the push and pull factors relating to home country and country of destination, respectively, in relation to students’ decisions to seek international study. Focusing predominantly on Chinese and Indian students, we conceptualize, extend and place the push and pull factors within a social psychological framework in relation to students’ aspirations and expectations of international education, indicating factors that can be influenced by higher education (HE) institutions and their programmes, and those which cannot. We then interrogate the model and its applicability in Australian HE through the case study of an Indian international Study Tour conducted in our Australian HE institution in 2009. In the present context of decreased international student enrolments in Australia in 2010, where we seek to better understand our international students, the proposed model provides a basis for identifying international students’ expectations and aspirations and developing prospective international relations.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02188791.2012.751897
Field of Research 130101 Continuing and Community Education
130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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