International education in the United Kingdom: the challenges of the golden opportunity for Black-African students

Hyams-Ssekasi, Denis ORCID: 0000-0002-5022-1210, Mushibwe, Christine P. and Caldwell, Elizabeth (2014) International education in the United Kingdom: the challenges of the golden opportunity for Black-African students. SAGE Open, 4 (4).

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Abstract

For the last 40 years, the number of international students aspiring to obtain a qualification in U.K. universities has been exponentially growing. However, such growth has been contested. What seemed to be a “golden” opportunity for Black- African students to pursue their education in the United Kingdom is met with challenges that impact the whole process of adjustment. This article examines these challenges using a qualitative empirical study of Black-African postgraduate students, carried out in three U.K. universities. The methods utilized were observations, focus groups, one-to-one interviews, and a case study to help identify and analyze the issues. The participants reported significant financial pressures and difficulties in understanding and integrating into the culture of U.K. universities. In some cases, these challenges left the students feeling disillusioned and cynical about the value of an international education. Universities must endeavor to tailor their recruitment, orientation, and support programs to the needs of Black-African international students or face damaging their reputations as world-class education providers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Black-African postgraduate students, international education, international student, adjustment, social and economic
Divisions: Institute of Management
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2018 14:33
Last Modified: 15 May 2019 08:31
Identification Number: 10.1177/2158244014562386
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1297

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