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Title:The potential skills contribution of international students to South Africa
Authors:Aloyo, N.
Wentzel, A.
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1814-6627)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subject:foreign students
Abstract:There has been a significant increase in the number of international students, especially in those from other African countries, at South African universities over the last ten years. This has elicited some research, notably from M. Ramphele, J.S. Crush and D. McDonald (1999), M. Hall (2004), and J.D. Snowball and G.G. Antrobus (2005, 2006). However, none of these scholars considered the possibility of exploiting the skills potential of international students in South Africa, especially at a time when the country faces skills shortages. The present authors conducted a survey at six higher education institutions (HEIs) in 2008, which sought to determine the skills profiles of international students in South Africa. It was found that the majority of international students are registered in disciplines such as commerce, science and engineering, where skills shortages exist, that a significant number of these students are young and that many would like to remain and work in South Africa. Labour policymakers in South Africa seem to be unaware of this, hence policy is ill adapted to derive economic benefits from international students. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]