ERIC Number: EJ1085664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Mobile Student to Mobile Worker: The Role of Universities in the "War for Talent"
Li, Zhen; Lowe, John
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v37 n1 p11-29 2016
Universities, as part of the neoliberal regime imposed on them, are being co-opted into a "war for talent", in which national economic success is heavily invested. We examine part of this "war" that affects universities directly--the recruitment of "the brightest and the best" internationally mobile students and their subsequent retention by the host country as high-skill workers. After an account of this war for talent and its implications for higher education, we review the literature on study-migration transitions by international students and identify gaps in both data and theorization. We propose a three-part model that uses the notion of "flows" to organize a research agenda in this field and the possible roles of universities in implementing it. We conclude that only by resisting full recruitment into this global talent war can academic researchers continue to maintain the integrity and value of their professional and disciplinary calling.
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Colleges, College Students, Models, College Role, Talent, Higher Education, Foreign Students, Student Mobility, Global Approach, Student Recruitment, Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Skilled Occupations, Competition
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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