This book offers a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of the UK's policy on recruiting international students. In a global context of international education policy, it examines changes from New Labour policies under Tony Blair's Prime Minister's Initiative, to the more recent Coalition and Conservative Government policies in the International Education Strategy. The research uses a text-based approach to primary research, adopting a critical framework developed by Carol Bacchi ('what is the problem represented to be'?). The book argues that international student policy can be reduced to reasons for and against recruiting international students; in doing so, students are represented as ambassadors for the UK or tools in its public diplomacy, consumers and generators of reputation, means to get money, and as migrants of questionable legitimacy. These homogenizing representations have the potential to shape international education, implicating academics as agents of policy, and infringing on students' self-formation. The book will be compelling reading for students and researchers in the fields of education and sociology, as well as those interested in education policy-making.
Sylvie Lomer is Lecturer in Policy and Practice at the University of Manchester, UK and was previously in Learning Development at the University of Northampton, UK. She is an HEA Fellow with eight years of experience teaching international students and her research interests currently include national branding of UK higher education and blended learning.
PART I.- Chapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2. International Higher Education Discourses.- Chapter 3. International Student Policy in the UK.- Chapter 4. Putting Discourse Theory into Practice.- PART II.- Chapter 5. Influence: A Political Rationale and International Alumni as Ambassadors.- Chapter 6. Reputation: A Hybrid Educational-Commercial Rationale and Students as Consumers.- Chapter 7. Income: An Economic Rationale and International Students as Economic Contributors.- Chapter 98 Immigration: A Rationale Against International Student Recruitment.- Chapter 9. Conclusion.