FROM SOFT POWER TO ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY? A Comparison Of The Changing Rationales And Roles Of The U. S. And Canadian Federal Governments In International Education


Through a historical and comparative analysis of international education policy development in Canada and the U.S., this paper will map the similarities and differences in the two countries. It will highlight the contributions and challenges of the government’s involvement in international education (IE) in the two federal states and in particular, explore the implications of the changing contexts, rationales and approaches for international education to the federal role in higher education. It will conclude with observations on the differential impact of the federal government’s role in international/higher education on the higher education systems of the two countries and thus contribute to our understanding of how national specificities and characteristics outweigh the commonly stated policy rationales, approaches and outcomes for international education.

Roopa Desai Trilokekar
Publication date: 
February 1, 2015
Publication type: 
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS)
FROM SOFT POWER TO ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY? by Roopa Desai Trilokekar CSHE.2.15 (February 2015)