International students pose challenge to library staff…

…says an article in one of the recent issues of Times Higher Education.  While I can understand the issues that university libraries are facing, the whole article seems rather biased by presenting international students as a burden to universities. Overseas students, the article claims,  “tend to require more help than home students” , “increase the burden on librarians”, “can cause significant drain on resources”, “their expectations in some cases are sky high”.  Yet UK universities don’t seem to mind charging international students sky high fees.

I am increasingly stunned at the complacency and self-assuredness  of British universities in terms of internationalisation and accommodation of cultural diversity, especially when one draws comparisons with strategies of other European countries such as Netherlands.       

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