International Student Webinar Series, Episode 3 – A New Vulnerable Workforce: Higher Education’s Role in Regional Workforce Development and Retaining International Students Post-Graduation
May 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday, May 26, 2021
10 -11 a.m. EST
Higher education institutions have long recognized the significant benefits of having international students on-campus, including that they bring their diverse perspectives into the classroom. International students are also critical to the health of the New England economy—both on campus and in the surrounding community. Foreign students studying at New England colleges and universities contributed $4.3 billion to our regional economy and supported thousands of jobs in the 2018-2019 academic year alone. While New England’s colleges and universities work hard to recruit and retain international students, the region needs to strengthen its investment in these students post-graduation to help them join our local workforce. Talent is the fuel that powers New England’s innovation-based economic future, and the world is in a race to recruit this talent. International students who come to the region to attend one of our higher education institutions can be one source of that talent, but only with significant visa reform. In the final webinar of our series, a panel of experts will explore ways in which our region’s higher education leaders can effectively advocate for policies that not only encourage international students to attend New England’s postsecondary institutions, but also support their entry into the region’s workforce post-graduation.