International Student Recruitment in Higher Education: A Comparative Study of the Countries in the Middle East

  • Shabnam Ranjbar Nikkhoo, Enayat A. Shabani
  • Published 2014

Abstract

Historical and ancestral bonds of the countries in the Middle East have led to similarities in culture and context of their societies. In addition, economical resources, such as the oil industry, have generally been an integrative point in the region. Higher education of a country is influenced by different national and international factors and, regarding the mentioned bonds, it is inviting to study the development of the countries of the Middle East in higher education and draw some practical implications which can be used in the educational policymaking of the region. This review includes a data analysis on the population of international students in the countries of the Middle East. As its second objective, a review study on the successful countries, that is, those which host the highest number of international students, and the strategies they have developed to reach this state among the countries of the region, has been conducted. Suggestions are made as to the strategies in higher education systems of these countries which could prove useful and practical in the development of internationalization of higher education in the region, specifically with regard to the recruitment of international students. Keywords—Internationalization of Higher Education, International Student Recruitment, Countries of the Middle East.

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@inproceedings{Nikkhoo2014InternationalSR, title={International Student Recruitment in Higher Education: A Comparative Study of the Countries in the Middle East}, author={Shabnam Ranjbar Nikkhoo and Enayat A. Shabani}, year={2014} }