International Student Mobility in the Asia-Pacific: From Globalization to Regional Integration?

  • Christopher ZigurasEmail author
  • Grant McBurnie
Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 36)


This chapter examines the effects of globalization in terms of factors driving international student mobility, and the demand for and supply of international education in the Asia-Pacific region. It analyses the resulting patterns of cross-border student mobility in the region, where we observe that intra-regional student mobility is growing faster than the movement of students to other regions. We discuss the growing export orientation of nations in the region and the influence of language and national regulations. We explore tensions between the role of student as learner and student as client, concerns about the impact of foreign students on the domestic education system and the potential for trade-offs between quality and profit in the globalized market for higher education.


International Student Chinese Student High Education System Foreign Student International Education 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Global Studies, Social Science and PlanningRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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