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Rajika Bhandari

Dr. Rajika Bhandari is an international higher education expert and a scholar-practitioner with over 25 years of executive and management experience in student mobility research and data-driven insights; monitoring, evaluation, and impact studies of international education programs; and shaping thought leadership strategy in the nonprofit, private and higher education sectors. She is the founder of Rajika Bhandari Advisors, offering data-driven and evidence-based strategic consulting and advisory services for global higher education institutions; multilateral organizations; governmental agencies; foundations; and the nonprofit sector.

An author, a first-generation immigrant and Indian American, and mentor to young professionals, Rajika’s work and writings are at the intersection of access and equity in education; cultural and international influences; and finding and developing one’s voice as a thought leader.


International education expert and author of the award-winning book, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility


International students and immigrants have been the secret ingredient in America’s recipe for global success. America Calling shares one immigrant’s story, a tale that reflects millions more, and shows us why preventing the world’s best and brightest from seeking the American Dream will put this country’s future in jeopardy.


Rajika is available as a keynote speaker and to moderate dialogues on international higher education - international and foreign students - access and equity issues in education - women and education - being a skilled immigrant in the U.S. - international exchanges between the U.S. and India

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