The rapid growth of education services across international borders, seen in recent years, is expected to continue into the future. This growth demands the attention of policy makers, researchers, academics and other interested groups. Most journals are either too specialised in a particular discipline or too generalised with multidisciplinary approaches. Moreover, available journals hardly cover issues such as the link between education and international business, and its importance in policy making. In fact, there is a gap between the way available journals are meeting the needs of debate and disseminating research output on education, and the way it needs to be focused.

In 2010, CRIE launched the The Journal of International Education and Business (JIEB), with the aim of filling that gap by creating a forum for exchanging views and information among researchers, academics and interested individuals in the field of the internationalisation of education and business.

A rethink of the journal has recently taken place, and we are pleased to announce the new Online Journal of International Education (OJIE) as a double blind peer-reviewed online open-access journal. Three major changes have occurred:

  1. The journal is now an online open-access journal. This naturally increases the potential readership.
  2. The focus of the journal has been narrowed to just international education. Most lecturers in most tertiary educational institutions nowadays have significant numbers of international students, and this is certainly the case at AIS. This change of focus narrows the spotlight in terms of the content of articles, but nevertheless leaves a field wide enough to embrace many subcategories. The continued focus on international students can relate to any nationality, culture, or native language. The continued focus on education encompasses all educational subjects (English language, business, IT, tourism, etc). Two types of article are especially welcome. Firstly, the impact on international education of various factors: culture, learning style, religion, appropriateness of materials and pedagogy, language proficiency, IT-savviness, openness to online learning, etc. Secondly, and vice versa, the impact of international education on various factors, including economics, tourism, employment, etc.
  3. We have taken this opportunity to make back issues of JIEB also available in an online open-access format.

We hope that this new-look journal will lead to a more focused and more easily available product that academics, researchers, students, etc will find valuable. We invite readers to consider submitting a manuscript to the journal.