Transnational Education: Big Business Around the Globe

  • Peter Kell
  • Gillian Vogl
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 17)


This chapter examines in detail the global mobility associated with transnational education and describes who constitutes an international student, the nations which are participants in the transnational education and some of the features of some nations participating in the global market. This chapter details the overall trends and patterns across the globe dominated by several nations known as ‘the Big Five’ nations which are the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Australia. This chapter also looks in detail some other nations outside this group including Canada, New Zealand, Russia and Japan and some of the emerging nations such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. This chapter, using a range of international data, identifies the predominance of Asian nations as the source for international students, most notably those from China, India, South Korea and Japan. This chapter also identified the emergence of the Asia Pacific as a destination and looks at the emergence of Japan, China, Singapore and Malaysia as new destinations for study. This chapter looks at some of the motivating factors for student mobility, which influence student choice in a global market, and explores the influence of reputation and international rankings, global proximity, fees and charges, visas and regulations, employment and migration opportunities. This chapter identifies the importance of English as a language of instruction in the context of transnational education as well as the need for destinations to have a reputation for safety, security and stability.


International Student Foreign Student International Education Student Mobility British Council 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Kell
    • 1
  • Gillian Vogl
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationCharles Darwin UniversityCasuarinaAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Research on Social InclusionMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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