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The New Politics of Global Academic Mobility and Migration


Fred Dervin and Regis Machart

This book brings together recent research on Global Academic Mobility and Migration (GAMM) from a variety of perspectives and contexts. There is now a widespread consensus that most countries and world regions are witnessing GAMM. Bringing together leading scholars from Australasia and Europe, this volume offers readers detailed account of the new politics of such acts of mobility and migration. The following key issues are dealt with: mobility determinants, social injustice, management and administrative problems, as well as teaching–learning challenges. The book invites students, researchers and practitioners to reflect further on the nature of today’s education on the move.
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Inter-Campus Exchange as Specific Study Abroad in Australia, Malaysia and South Africa


Key indicators of academic mobility in Australia

Today, international student mobility remains the main form of cross-border higher education, and in the Asia-Pacific region, overseas educational programs are fast becoming the most common form of student mobility and migration (Vincent-Lancrin, 2008, p. 255), a phenomenon often referred to as “transnational higher education” (Wallace & Dunn, 2013). Australia is considered one of the three major players along with the United States and the United Kingdom (Verbik & Lasanowski, 2007), and appears to be the most successful exporter of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region. According to Australian Government statistics, the Australian Education International (n.d.) reports that in 2009–10, education exports accounted for around 36% of total service exports, totalling $19.1 billion. Education services remain Australia’s third largest export, behind coal and iron ore ($46 billion and $30.2 billion respectively in 2009–2010). Like the United States and New Zealand, Australia espouses trade liberalisation practices in education, which has rapidly gained the status of a major export industry (McBurnie & Ziguras, 2006).

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