Volume 1 Issue 4


There are three groups of people who are intimately affected by and intimately affect our global education landscape: Parents, Teachers, and Students. Broaden your perspective and understanding by gaining insights from these invaluable points of view.

Students; scapegoats of parents’ whims and fancies! – By Aswani Dravid

As soon as I finished my 10th grade with brilliant score, all my relatives and neighbors rushed home to enquire whether I would be opting to become an Engineer or a Doctor. I said neither and to their heart’s surprise, I opted to pursue Humanities. No one stood with me in this. The total strength of my class was 20, while science classes had 60+ students in each division. From then onwards my decision to study Political Science, joining M.Phil, Ph.D etc were seen with contempt as for them it all seemed a waste of money and time. Read More

Coming to America – By Sohom Bhowmick

screenshot-mail.google.com 2015-07-06 15-10-23An undergraduate student at the University of Iowa and an organizer of TLUPS, Sohom Bhowmick relates his experience with coming to study at an American school from India, some of his qualms with the Indian education system, as well as his thoughts on possible solutions. Read More

The Demise of Rugged Individualism –  By Doug Wagner

image00Radio presenter and political activist, Doug Wagner, is a father of two sons both of whom are incredibly intelligent but with strikingly different approaches to education. Wagner extends this personal account to a discussion of today’s youth. He fears that “…the ruggedness of Rugged Individualism might be lost in the current generation, regardless of their nationality.” Perhaps international student attrition may be in part due to the erosion of the Rugged Individual. Read More


Read peer reviewed articles on current trends and events in global education. Be informed and join the dialogue! Policy makers, academics, teachers, parents, students, and students of international education are all invited. And of course, all minds curious about our transitioning global education landscape.

International Student Community in US Higher Educational Institutions / Universities – A Review of Issues and Challenges in the Contemporary Era – ‘STUDENT ATTRITION AND RETENTION’By Dr. M S R Dev

I had the privilege and opportunity to visit a number of Higher educational institutions / universities around the world. I was fascinated with the Art and Architecture, Class and Culture of a number of universities in the United Kingdom, Australia and United States. This article is centered around the thoughts lingering on the universities in the United States. Most of the universities in US have their own uniqueness as well as the commonalities in campus culture, creative environment, systems, structure and strategies and so also the associated challenges and opportunities in teaching, research and learning systems. Read More

The Effect of Generational Status on College Adjustment and Psychological Well-Being among South Asian American College Students – By Munni Deb, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Altmaier, Ph.D

University of Iowa, Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

This study examines whether there is a difference between first-generation South Asian American college students and continuing-generation South Asian American college students in their college adjustment and their psychological well-being. Despite being the third largest Asian subgroup, South Asians continue to be underrepresented within educational and psychological literature. This study found that first-generation students were more likely to live and work off campus, have lower household incomes, and spend fewer hours per week participating in co-curricular activities than continuing-generation students. First-generation students also demonstrated lower levels of social and academic adjustment as well as personal growth. International students may be first generation or continuing generation, but will have some of the college adjustment problems considered in this study. Educators and psychologists can use insights gained from studying generational differences to form strategies to help international students successfully navigate college adjustment. To read Click Here .

Impact of Difficulty in Adjusting and Adapting on International Student Attrition – By Dan Sheffield

Intercultural educator and adjunct lecturer Dan Sheffield identifies two main factors which arise in the discussion of international student attrition: 1) difficulty in adjusting and adapting to the new environment and 2) the consequences of social isolation, precipitated by seeking to meet familial expectations of academic performance. In this article, Sheffield examines the second factor. He describes “change fatigue” experienced by international students and offers coping mechanisms. To read Click Here .


Read, listen to, and/or watch interviews of the leaders who shape our global education landscape. What are their issues of concern and why? What are their long and short term educational objectives? What solutions do they propose? 

In conversation with the Veteran Consultant to USA – Usha ThyagarajanBy Aswani Dravid

Three years ago, a young bright girl from BITS Pilani went to a consultancy with her brilliant academic scores but a poor GRE score. She was encouraged by the consultancy to give the exam once more and improve her GRE score. Half heartedly she left the office, but informed the consultancy later that she got admission to some university in US through another consultancy which did not make an issue with her lower GRE scores. Read More

From the Deccan to Iowa: In search of distinctive excellenceBy Aswani Dravid

IMG-20160217-WA0012Vevek may be as young as a 12 year old, but when he starts talking, you will put everything on hold to hear him out! ‘It was pure fun in Iowa, being a part of the Student Enrichment Program. When we got back, I was a different person altogether’, says Vevek who dreams to be a doctor one day. He is not alone in this. His friends Aryan, Navyaa and Pragnya too echo this opinion about the very program which took them to United States. Read More

Prof Sheffield Visits Iowa to Prepare Teachers for a Student Enrichment Program (SEP)

11159549_1380607098935368_3135184814182270189_nDan Sheffield spends three days in Iowa working with teachers and staff. He conducted several training programs (both public and private), mostly working on cultural preparedness and SEPs (Student Enrichment Programs). Sheffield also spent some time with the press and media, including an interview which aired on AM 600 new talk radio station. To listen to the interview Click Here


Don’t just read the articles. Read the commentaries to know more about issues faced by global education. What are various discourses in this regard? What are your thoughts? Participate and broaden your perspective and understanding.

Chasing The Ghost of Rohith Vemula – By Stacey Walker

I’ve long been fascinated by the caste system in India. It is an awful thing I imagine; the dividing of people based not on matters of character, but rather on a person’s lineage, birthplace, skin color, or other social markers that are totally outside of their control.

While the Indian government has implemented sweeping measures to rid the country of these old social mores, it has become clear that the centuries-old system of discrimination is not fully gone and its dark legacy lingers within many institutions in India, including its esteemed education system. Read More

Rohit Vemula – a sad picture of how identity still defines a person in India  – By Aswani Dravid

The most enjoyable period ofImage2 a person’s life is supposed to be his college times. Then why would someone decide to give up his life by hanging in a hostel room? In the last decade, 9 students have committed suicide in this University. All of them hail from the lower strata of the ‘caste’ system, the tool which decide the quality of a person even in the 21st century! Every country in the globe has some sort of discrimination based on religion, race, colour or language. And India has its caste discrimination, constantly looking down upon the dalits and discriminating them in all realms of life. Read More

Once Upon a Time, on a Plane – By N N S Chandra

image01Senior Education Couselor N N S Chandra gives advice to those wishing to be admitted to an international post-secondary institution AND compete their degree program. In short, the extra-curricular is just as necessary as the curricular. Read More

Round Ups


Read weekly round ups on higher education here – on global media stories (on print, online and visual media) and an ongoing literature review (peer reviewed and published works and academic thesis). This dispatch is from our young researchers based in research room in Institute of Journalism, India.

News/Media round ups

TiGEs team at our research room is committed to bring our readers a weekly round up on top media stories from around the world on higher education.

April 2016 First Week Round Up –  By Kiran Gandhi

The excitement this week was a bit muted as far as higher education news was concerned. The summer enrichment programmes has been a continuing theme from last week. Contrasting challenges and how they are dealt with has been a common thread in education news this week. Read More

March 2016 Fourth Week Round Up –  By Kiran Gandhi

Michelle Obama championed the cause of cross-cultural exchange when she sported a Kashmiri gown during her visit in Cuba. The higher education scene also witnessed similar attempts at cultural exchange (though not strictly in a fashion sense) this week. Read More

March 2016 Third Week Round Up –  By Kiran Gandhi

Student activities outside the confines of the curriculum and its recognition have been a continuing theme this week. From the ‘Earth Shakers’ in Oklahoma to Yap Hee Heng and Muhamad Safiuddin Rosli in Malaysia to Matthew Bambach in Baltimore, the range of activities have been myriad. Read More

March 2016 Second Week Round Up –  By Kiran Gandhi

“I know police tend to view violence on campus as a responsibility they have because they identify and define that as criminal activity. But I think we need to act cautiously”

If you were to guess the context for this quote, the recent JNU row in India would be the guess of most. This is actually by Yvonne Mokgoro, the former Constitutional Court Justice of South Africa about the recent protests in college campuses there. Read More

March 2016 First Week Round Up –  By Kiran Gandhi‘The World is watching you’

This quote is not from one of those Oscar award acceptance speeches, but from two unassuming teenagers in Boston who have stood up to racism in the Boston Latin School. This week started with the Academy Awards where the Dolby theatre audience were literally stuck between ‘Rock’ and a hard place as the show host Chris Rock laid bare the issue of racism in Hollywood, in characteristic humour of course but the message was loud and clear. Read More

February 2016 Fourth Week Round Up – This week in Education – By Kiran Gandhi

The Oscar season euphoria was dampened quite a bit this year with accusations of racism towering over the Academy Award nominations. The 106-year old Virginia McLaurin meeting the Obamas was a silver lining moment in the last week of the Black History month. Discrimination continued to be a hot topic in education this week, with the US leading the charge. Somewhat ironic was the protests in India where a so-called high caste wanted to be considered as a so-called low caste (the protest by Jats in Haryana for OBC status). Read More

February 2016 Third Week Round Up – This week in Education – By Kiran Gandhi

As the international women’s day approaches, it is time once again to address the elephant in the room. The elephant which we have all grown accustomed to, so much that our efforts to dislodge it from its perch have often been lax. Gender inequality is that elephant. Read More

Research round ups

Research team at TIGEs  is on constant watch for what is being researched, thesis being defended and getting published, conference themes – all on higher education. We are in touch with academic teams from universities around the world, exhibitions and conference organizers. The work is published on a weekly basis in a round up format.

$1 billion was sent overseas for students through the Liberalized Remittances Scheme – By Radhika Retnam

The figures released by the RBI shows that outward remittances under the Liberalised Remittances Scheme (LRS) have surged by close to 200 per in fiscal 2015-16cent.Remittances for students studying abroad have hit a record high of $1 billion in the last nine months. The prime reason for this is being LRS allowing Indian residents to acquire and hold shares, debt instruments or other assets outside India without prior approval of the RBI. Read More

Upshot of peer-programs on International Students – By Radhika Retnam

Peer Programs are conducted for improving student experience on academics, careers, and personal development. They offer a great space and opportunity to build their own skills and experience through training and program implementation. International Students who enroll for higher education make valuable educational and economic contributions. For such benefits to continue without fail, it is necessary that the universities initiate peer-programs that will positively influence the adjustment and academic achievement of international students. Read More

Impact of community partnership in fostering educational resilience – By Radhika Retnam

Today, school counselors are equally accountable as educators for the academic achievement especially in the case of the minority and poor. Urban school counselors play a vital role in involving the school’s stakeholders to implement partnership programs which foster student achievement and resilience. International students and other students who suffer racial and ethnic minority in urban schools often feel powerless in a majority-dominated culture where language, culture and class are viewed as deficits. Read More

Enrichment programs, summer programs and exchange programs as tool for university preparation for high school students – By Radhika Retnam

Until sometime back, students in the U.S. accepted the 9 month school calendar without any question. They considered summer as leisure time and students and teachers equally enjoyed this extended break. Subsequently, the long summer break ended up in students losing grounds academically. This is termed as ‘summer slides’ or summer learning loses.To overcome this, summer schools and exchange programs or bridging programs started to play a key role in the academic cycle of the students. Read More

Root Causes of International Student Attrition – By Radhika Retnam

Attrition or Student withdrawal can be linked with various root causes that has been researched after keeping close track on systematic patterns of attrition over a long period.Academic, psychological, and socio-cultural adjustments to a new environment can be challenging for international students.The process of attrition manifests from various stressors such as communication difficulties, adjustment to a new teaching style, new cultural norms and pressure on academic performance. Read More

Attrition Among Students – By Radhika Retnam

Attrition in general refers to the reduction in strength or the number of participants that occurs when people quit or leave. Student attrition denotes the college drop outs who abandon their course half way due to various reasons. Around the world, Student attrition is attaining much implication in the spheres of research as it is an area of extensive discussion. International Students, specifically, are observed to encounter various problems as they start college, and a good majority of them do not complete the course. The reasons and solutions attributed to such cases of attrition among international students especially in USA are discussed in brief. Read More