Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Rush of Indian students to USA varsities unabated

Rush of Indian students to USA varsities unabated

A survey of almost 500 campuses showed a decline of 7% in newly arriving foreign students, according to The Times, which referenced data from the Institute of International Education (IIE).

But India slipped in rank to 15th from 13th among top 25 destinations of United States study overseas.

The Open Doors reported was published by the IIE, after an annual statistical survey on worldwide students in the United States in October this year.

In 2014, IIE launched its Generation Study Abroad initiative to mobilise resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of USA students studying abroad by the end of the decade.

United States higher education is increasingly focused on preparing students to secure jobs after graduation in order to advance their careers, and research has shown that studying overseas helps students develop the skills needed to succeed in today's interconnected world. The other countries which ranked as top senders to the USA after China and India were South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico and Brazil. "All of these are skills that will help students in careers in the global workforce". Courses in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) field made up for the biggest chunk of all those sought by Indian students, with over 70 per cent enrolled in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering alone. Most of the students from India are at the graduate level.

However, US saw an overall increase of 3.4 percent in worldwide students studying in the country this year taking the number to 10.7 lakh students for 2016-17. This fall, Purdue reported 9,133 worldwide students, an all-time high, from 122 countries.

The 2017 Open Doors report released by the New York-based Institute of International Education (IIE) on Monday puts the number of Indian students studying in American universities as of 2016-17 at 186,267.

Among public institutions, Arizona State University, with an worldwide student population of 13,164, the University of IL at 12,454 and University of California Los Angeles at 12,199 placed in the top three, respectively.

The University of Cincinnati ranked second in the state with 4,013 foreign students.

Nationwide, global student enrollment increased by 3.4 percent - to a total of 1.08 million - in the 2016-17 school year.

The federal government estimates worldwide students contribute about $39 billion a year to local economies.

Many institutions have responded to the shifting social and political situation through a series of actions, such as alerting students about changes in US policies (65 percent), issuing statements in support of global students (63 percent), and creating opportunities to discuss current USA events (54 percent).

The largest enrollment growth was from worldwide students who have graduated but remain classified as students at universities with student visas while working under the optional practical training program.

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