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. Until recently Dr. Bhandari served as the President & CEO of the IC3 Institute and previously held senior roles at the Institute of International Education (IIE) for over a decade, where she led IIE’s research, evaluation and thought leadership portfolio, including the flagship Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Her other roles include ones at MPR Associates/RTI; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has also served on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and in recognition of her contributions to the field of international education was one of 100 recipients worldwide to be awarded an IIE Centennial Medal in 2019, marking the Institute’s 100th anniversary.
Dr. Bhandari also serves as a Senior Advisor and Expert on Global Talent Flows with the Global Impact Institute; as an Affiliate with the Gateway International Group; and on the board of ISEP. Her areas of regional expertise include the U.S. and India, with a focus on Indo-U.S. educational exchanges and higher education internationalization in India. She is a widely published author, including of six books, with her work covered extensively in the global press. She speaks frequently on issues such as student mobility and global talent flows; access and equity in education; women and education; and educational and cultural diplomacy. In addition to her academic and scholarly writing, Dr. Bhandari is a published nonfiction writer with a forthcoming book titled, America Calling: An accidental immigrant in a country of possibility. A past international student herself, Rajika holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology (Honors) from the University of Delhi and graduate degrees in Psychology from North Carolina State University in the U.S.