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ERIC Number: EJ792559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6405
Education Mecca: Will New England Continue to Attract the World's Students?
Altbach, Philip G.
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v19 n5 p21-22 Spr 2005
New England is internationally recognized as a center of educational excellence, attracting "the best and brightest" from across the United States and around the world since higher education became an international enterprise at the end of the 19th century with the rise of research universities. Now, in the early 21st century, as the most powerful higher education magnet in the world, New England still attracts many of the best students and faculty to its academic and research institutions. The region enrolls more than 45,000 international students who contribute more than $1.2 billion to the economy. A recent ranking by the "Times Higher Education Supplement" in the United Kingdom listed eight New England institutions among the world's top 200. New England lures foreign students and scholars because of the quality of its academic institutions and programs, research infrastructure, research-based industries and the links among these elements. The social, cultural and other historical qualities of the region are also attractive. This article discusses international trends and realities showing that the basic strength of the universities in New England will continue to function as an international lure but that. as the academic world becomes more multipolar, New England's colleges and universities will find themselves competing not only with one another, but also with top-quality academic institutions in other emerging academic powers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; China; Japan; New Zealand; Singapore; South Korea; Taiwan; United Kingdom