The Chinese with an over 18 percent student population have
overtaken Indians as the largest group of foreigners pursuing
higher education in the United States, according to a new report
The number of international students at colleges and universities
in the US increased by three per cent to a record 690,923 during
the 2009-10 academic year, according to the annual "Open Doors"
report by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
This year's growth was primarily driven by a 30 percent increase
in Chinese student enrolment in the US, taking their total to
128,000 students, or more than 18 percent of the total
international student population, making China the leading country
to send its students here.
Students from India increased by two per cent, a lower rate than
in previous years, to a total of nearly 105,000. Indian students
represent 15 per cent of all international students in US higher
education, making them the second largest international group
after China, the report said.
"The United States continues to host more international students
than any other country in the world," said Allan Goodman,
President and CEO of the Institute of International Education.
Together, the top three sending countries - China, India and South
Korea - comprise nearly half (44 per cent) of the total
international enrolments in US higher education.
Canada, Taiwan and Japan each represent close to four per cent of
the total international student population, with these top six
places of origin comprising 56 per cent.
Among the other leading places of origin, the most notable decline
was seen in students from Japan, with a 15 percent decline
following a 14 percent drop the previous year. Japan is at number
6 this year.
(Arun Kumar can
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