Exchanges in the media
International student enrollment in U.S. MBA programs has climbed back up to “pre-recession levels,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports:
“Average international enrollment at those [business] schools is now 33.4 per cent, up from 30.2 per cent at the height of the economic crisis, when visa and financing issues prevented many international applicants from enrolling.”
Efforts are being undertaken across the U.S. and abroad to increase exchanges between the U.S. and China, and prominent players, including U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, have voiced their support for President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative.
With a rising number of branch campuses abroad, especially in China, U.S. colleges and universities are increasingly becoming interconnected worldwide but are also encountering new problems, according to a recent article by the Chronicle Review.
U.S. universities have seen a large increase in the number of applications from students in the UK, the BBC reports:
Students wanting to apply to U.S. universities can take the SAT common entrance test in the UK - and the College Board which runs the test reported a 30% increase in such UK candidates.
Salon.com reports that American students studying abroad, especially in tumultuous locations like Egypt, are being encouraged to “mix with the locals, but be careful:”
“A lot of students are trying to find places that will help them understand the emerging world,” said Peggy Blumenthal, who oversees research at the institute. They are preparing for careers in public health, the sciences and national security, for example, she said.
At an event last week hosted by NAFSA: Association of International Educators and Goucher College, honorary co-host Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and colleague Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) both underlined the importance of international education and study abroad for American students.
Two high school students from the greater Washington, DC area recently returned home "with a new sense of global citizenship and desire to strengthen their communities" after a three week stay in Japan through the Department of State's pilot "American Youth Leadership Program," facilitated by Cultural Vistas, the Washington Post reports.
International students and their families contributed more than $20 billion to the U.S. economy last year, according to an economic impact statement for the academic year 2010-11, released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators earlier this week.
The number of international students enrolled at U.S. universities has increased by five per cent, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2011 report, released yesterday at a briefing that kicked off this year's International Education Week. Open Doors 2011 also reveals that international students contributed more than $21 billion to the U.S. economy in 2010-11, according to U.S. Department of Commerce data.