Global Campuses?

Tuesday 18 June 2024, 2:30 pm
PhD candidate
T. Weber MSc.
prof. dr. M.H.J. Wolbers
dr. C. van Mol

International student mobility has increased rapidly both worldwide and in the Netherlands. As a result, the opportunities and challenges emerging from this trend are becoming increasingly relevant. By analyzing the enrollment of international students both worldwide and in the Netherlands, this dissertation maps the influence of location on international student mobility. Specifically, the focus of this dissertation is on the relationship between the development level of countries and international student mobility, and on the role that higher education institutions play in shaping the trajectories of international students.
The development level of a country shapes international student mobility because it influences the aspirations and capabilities that people need to become an international student. Because of this, the development level of a country influences the probability of students going abroad, and which destinations or study programs they choose. Higher education institutions shape international student mobility because they play an active role in informing and recruiting international students. Moreover, the profiles and the organizational context of these institutions influence the way they attract international students and the motivation for doing so. Together, these perspectives produce new insights that help us understand this increasingly important yet surprisingly illusive phenomenon.

Tijmen Weber (1991) obtained a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences from Maastricht University, specializing in sociology and philosophy. Subsequently, he obtained a research master’s degree in social and cultural science from Radboud University. After graduation, he started working at HAN university of applied sciences to teach research methods at the international business program. While working at the HAN he applied for the Doctoral Grant for Teachers from NWO which allowed him to work on his PhD research next to his regular teaching activities.