The Economics, Ethics and Discourse of Recruiting International Students

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International higher education has become an intensely marketised field, with international students and recruiting institutions constructed as economic actors. The sector has become dependent on international tuition fee income, generating multiple ethical dilemmas about the equity, inclusivity and fairness of international recruitment. This chapter will explore how international students support universities through tuition fee income and examine the institutional discourse of students as economic resources. Education agents have become important mediators between aspiring students and recruiting institutions, particularly in East Asia in general and China in particular. This chapter will also examine the role that education agents play in recruiting international students to HEIs, by exploring the specific business practices they adopt, and the ethical dilemmas that arise from this triangular relationship between student, agent and institution. It will draw on the analysis of policy documents, on a national and institutional level in the UK, and on empirical data from ongoing research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContextualizing English for Academic Purposes in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationPolitics, Policies and Practices
EditorsIan Bruce, Bee Bond
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781350230484 , 9781350230460
ISBN (Print)9781350230484 , 9781350230460, 9781350230453
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2022

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NameNew Perspectives for English for Academic Purposes
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing Plc


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