A survey of migration of academics in Higher Education and their impact on host institutions

Siraj Ahmed Shaikh

Abstract


Immigrant and foreign academics, from the perspective of higher education institutions, are a valuable resource that contributes significantly towards the internationalisation of higher education. While these ?Ǩ?omadic intellectuals?Ǩ?? are widely scrutinised when they set off from home, rarely do they seem to be appreciated or observed by their foreign hosts. This paper attempts to survey the migration of foreign academics and the impact of their move to local (host) higher education institutions, while identifying the limited literature available in this area. Three host countries namely USA, UK and Australia are examined, which have been among the top destinations for migrating academics over the past three decades. Various aspects of this migration such as the impact on teaching and learning and, academic and research cultures are discussed. A particular difficulty with defining who is a migrant academic in such research is highlighted.

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Editor-in-Chief: Prof Norbert Pachler
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
ISSN 1746-9082