How Developing Countries Can Convince Students to Stay

Institutions must improve perceptions of their offerings to keep students close to home.
When students leave developing regions to pursue—and pay for—their studies in more developed nations, their home countries take a financial hit. To avoid this “exodus of funds,” institutions in emerging economies must improve student perceptions of their offerings, say Husain Salilul Akareem, a PhD student at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and Syed Shahadat Hossain, a professor at the Institute of Statistical Research and Training at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

They surveyed more than 400 students from five top Bangladeshi universities to identify the demographic and background characteristics that shape students’ perception of quality education. These include their ages, scholarship status, previous educational success, extracurricular activities, and parents’ education levels.

The study notes that when institutions understand these characteristics, they can better encourage students to study at home and help better their regions financially.

“Determinants of education quality: What makes students’ perception different?” appeared in the Open Review of Educational Research. It is available at