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Seminar: The politics of student mobility
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The politics of student mobility: What do the EU-bound vs Russia-bound international student statistics tell us about the democratic development of post-Soviet Eurasia?

Dr Maia Chankseliani
Department of Education, University of Oxford

The study examined links between outbound student mobility and the levels of attained democracy in former Soviet countries. This is a pertinent topic in the context marked by serious concerns for democratic development of post-Soviet Eurasia and increasing numbers of mobile students from these countries choosing to study either in Europe or in Russia. The analysis of cross-sectional data on student mobility and attained democracy showed that former Soviet countries with higher proportions of students studying in Europe have achieved higher levels of democratic development. In contrast, countries with higher proportions of students studying in the most popular, authoritarian destination – the Russian Federation – have reached significantly lower levels of democratic development. A parsimonious regression model containing two explanatory variables measuring outbound student mobility to Europe and to Russia explains 66% of the variation in the democratic development of former Soviet countries. Thus, by introducing a new theoretical framework of studying abroad as apprenticeship in democracy this paper explains how internationalisation of European higher education can offer the potential of facilitating democratic socialisation, especially in environments where large proportions of students from less-democratic countries choose to study in a democratic context for an extended period of time.

About the speaker:
Maia Chankseliani is an Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education at the Department of Education and Fellow of St Edmund Hall in the University of Oxford. She brings to this role experience of education research, teaching, policy-making, management, and consultancy in different international contexts. Maia Chankseliani worked on research and consultancy assignments with non-profit, for-profit and international organisations to examine, amongst other issues, student mobility from post-Soviet countries to the EU/UK; public-private partnerships in education in Africa; apprenticeships policies and systems in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia; skills competitions, entrepreneurship, and private training provision in the UK; teacher educators’ professional development in Pakistan; labour market demand in Georgia; civil service modernisation in Kazakhstan; and child labour in Ghana.
Maia Chankseliani serves on the editorial boards of the following journals: Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Research in Comparative and International Education, and Cambridge Journal of Eurasian Studies. Maia Chankseliani is on the Educational Sciences Panel at the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia).

Date/Time08/12/2017 12:45-14:00
VenueRoom 205, Runme Shaw Building, HKU

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Registration is open from 14/11/2017 16:00(HKT) to 08/12/2017 09:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

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