Internationalization of Higher Education and Transnational Skilled Migration

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Population Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Astor Ballroom I, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Weronika Kusek, Wei Li
Chairs: Heike Alberts


The global race for talent and the internationalization of higher education have become hotly debated in the academic, media, and policy-making realms. Yet, the full spectrum of highly-skilled migration (from student to professionals) remains less examined theoretically and empirically. Existing work largely focuses on foreign-born professionals’ labor market outcomes, their employment perspectives in their countries of destination, or the internationalization of higher education, but they are often conducted as intellectually distinct research areas. This session with five papers, composed of both established and emerging scholars, seeks to address the gap from different perspectives. The paper by Li and her coauthors presents results from a set of parallel surveys among Chinese students at two universities, one in China and one in the US, to illustrate gender and class differences in those aspiring to come to the US versus those already study in the US. Yu examines recent Asian highly skilled migrant workers’ geographical distribution and location choices in the US. Kusek discusses highly-skilled Ukrainian migrants in a Polish city, illustrating the migration between two East European countries of different economic development levels. Tan’s paper analyzes the experiences and mobilities of skilled foreign migrants working and living in China, a breakaway for the dominant discourse of studying skilled migrants moving from the Global South to the Global North or return to Global South. The final paper specifically addresses the internationalization of geography as a discipline: Alberts examines the correlation between AAG membership and the internationalization of key US geographic journals.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Wei Li*, Arizona State University, shengnan zhao, Cal State Univeristy, Long Beach, xiaojie li, ASU, zheng lu, sichuan university, china, wan yu, binghamton university, Intellectual Migration and Implication: Evidence from Chinese Student Migration 20 12:40 PM
Presenter Wan Yu*, Binghamton University, Asian Temporary Highly Skilled Migrants in the United States: Spatial Distribution and Location Choices 20 1:00 PM
Presenter Weronika Kusek*, Northern Michigan University, Ukrainian Migrants in Poznan, Poland 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Yining Tan*, , Mobilities of Skilled Professionals from the Global North to the Global South 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Heike Alberts*, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, How Globalized are American Geography Journals? 20 2:00 PM

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