Forget the Competition Trope

  • Creso M. Sá
Keywords: International students, study abroad, public policy, internationalization


The current debate on internationalization has revolved around the impacts of nationalist politics in many countries on student mobility. In recent research, we have questioned the usual assumption that major host countries have been engaged in an ongoing “brain race.” Through an analysis of the politics and public policies impacting international students in Australia, Canada, England, and the United States during a sixteen year period, we show that there is no clear pattern of “competition” among countries, but rather uncoordinated and inconsistent actions.

Author Biography

Creso M. Sá
Professor of higher education and director of the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies of Education, University of Toronto, Canada.
How to Cite
Sá, C. M. (2018). Forget the Competition Trope. International Higher Education, (95), 11-12.
International Themes