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Elite institutes like the University of St. Gallen alreadyintroduced strict admission procedures and a 25% quota forforeigners being admitted into its programs. Doubts whether thiswas legal came up since Switzerland signed the Lisbon Convention toestablish greater international openness in higher education.
Primary reason why Swiss universities want more freedom torestrict foreign access is their fear of being overrun by Germanapplicants. Swiss education is popular in Germany and universitiesthere suffer from
Nevertheless, Swiss universities get political support. Theright-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) which has a similaranti-immigrant position like Wilders’ PVV publicly supported thesemeasures. The Netherlands, by contrast, will remain open forknowledge migrants from its neighboring country as recently
International Students asPercentage of Total Enrolment
Source: International MigrationOutlook, SOPEMI 2010, OECD.
Locking down higher education
Other developed countries start to implement similar restrictivemeasures towards overseas students, as illustrated by a recent
English speaking countries like Australia, Canada and UK followsuit. As a consequence of stricter visa regulations,
These aforementioned cases all represent destinations that areextremely popular among international students since they used tooffer either cheap education or highly renowned universities.
Brazil pushes for internationalization
With the new student migration policies in place, however,access to international higher education becomes more and morerestricted. Developing countries and especially the BRIC nations(Brazil, Russia, India, China), meanwhile, are pushinginternationalization of their students more than ever.
Currently, China has a total of 441.000 citizens studying abroadfollowed by India (170.000) and South Korea (113.000). Brazil isnow set to jump start internationalization of its students byintroducing a scholarship program funding 100.000 Brazilians tostudy Science and Engineering abroad.
Top Countries of origin forforeign students in tertiary education, 2008
Source: OECD Education at aGlance 2010
Brazil´s Science and Technology Minister, Aloizio Mercadante,commented on this initiative stating that his country lacks behindin innovation and is limited in its growth by a lack of engineers.Over the past decade, the number of graduates in humanities grew by66% while engineering sciences grew by only 1%.
Only recently, Brazil made a