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Creating a model for international graduate school decision-making: Perceptions from India, Australia and the United States

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The global market of higher education is growing at a rapid pace. Prospective graduate students in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) have more options – domestically and internationally – than ever before. At this moment, the international setting of STEM graduate programs continues to shift and expand. This paper will summarize findings on the decision-making processes of students from India who pursue graduate education in Australia and the United States of America. In this setting, decision-making pathways highlight characteristics of student “choice” when selecting Australian and U.S. higher education institutions. The primary research question is: why do graduate degree-seeking engineering students from India pursue studies in the United States and Australia? In addressing this central question, this paper seeks to understand the decision-making processes of students from India by undertaking a multi-methodological approach to the study of selection and choice of graduate institutions abroad. A model of the decision-making factors will be presented in order to illustrate findings and deconstruct the complexities that influence graduate degree-seeking students from India to select STEM programs overseas. Theoretical “push” and “pull” factors such as work-related opportunities, reputation of graduate institutions and country where graduate program is located (among others) provide the conceptual framework for understanding “quality of life” indicators as perceived by students from India. Five composite examples will highlight the unique ways in which prospective graduate students from India decide to study in U.S. and Australian institutions of higher education.
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Berends, Louis. "Creating a model for international graduate school decision-making: Perceptions from India, Australia and the United States" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p484169_index.html>

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Berends, L. , 2011-04-30 "Creating a model for international graduate school decision-making: Perceptions from India, Australia and the United States" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p484169_index.html

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Abstract: The global market of higher education is growing at a rapid pace. Prospective graduate students in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) have more options – domestically and internationally – than ever before. At this moment, the international setting of STEM graduate programs continues to shift and expand. This paper will summarize findings on the decision-making processes of students from India who pursue graduate education in Australia and the United States of America. In this setting, decision-making pathways highlight characteristics of student “choice” when selecting Australian and U.S. higher education institutions. The primary research question is: why do graduate degree-seeking engineering students from India pursue studies in the United States and Australia? In addressing this central question, this paper seeks to understand the decision-making processes of students from India by undertaking a multi-methodological approach to the study of selection and choice of graduate institutions abroad. A model of the decision-making factors will be presented in order to illustrate findings and deconstruct the complexities that influence graduate degree-seeking students from India to select STEM programs overseas. Theoretical “push” and “pull” factors such as work-related opportunities, reputation of graduate institutions and country where graduate program is located (among others) provide the conceptual framework for understanding “quality of life” indicators as perceived by students from India. Five composite examples will highlight the unique ways in which prospective graduate students from India decide to study in U.S. and Australian institutions of higher education.


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