A new era in global education: Talent shortages and changing demographies

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley1

1Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University, New Zealand

The Global Financial Crises (2008-2012) marked an interesting switch point in terms of international education, including New Zealand. Some developed societies (cf UK) have significantly reduced international student numbers while others (cf NZ) have expanded their international educational engagement.  There are two factors that will impact on these international flows: significant demographic changes (ageing, declining fertility) which will impact on labour supply (including for countries like China) combined with the growing gig economy with implications for employment and education.

Universities, diasporic academics, and global knowledge networks

Professor Wendy Larner, PhD1

1Provost at Victoria University of Wellington

Many universities have recently discovered they have diasporic academics on their staff.  These academics are now being asked to do new kinds of work in the context of a growing emphasis on the internationalisation of teaching and research.   This includes active engagement in international university networks and bi-lateral ‘deep partnerships’, sponsored collaborations between international researchers and researchers in their home countries, and growing participation in ‘grand challenge’ research programmes.  This paper suggests the growing institutional visibility of diasporic academics is transforming both universities and the career paths of the individuals involved.