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Understanding aspirations and expectations of international students in Australian higher education

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posted on 2024-06-04, 04:03 authored by Fara AzmatFara Azmat, A Osborne, Karen Le RossignolKaren Le Rossignol, U Jogulu, R Rentschler, I Robottom, V Malathy
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.

History

Journal

Asia Pacific journal of education

Volume

33

Pagination

97-111

Location

Oxon, England

ISSN

0218-8791

eISSN

1742-6855

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Copyright notice

2013, Taylor & Francis

Issue

1

Publisher

Routledge