WASHINGTON: Indians represent 15 per cent of all foreigners pursuing higher education in the US, becoming the second largest international group after China which topped the list with over 18 per cent students, says a report released today.
The number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by three per cent to 690,923 during the 2009/10 academic year, according to the ‘Open Doors’ report published annually by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
This represents a record high number of international students in the United States.
This year’s growth was primarily driven by a 30 per cent increase in Chinese student enrolment in the United States to a total of nearly 128,000 students, or more than 18 per cent of the total international student population, making China the leading country to send its students here.
Students from India increased by two per cent to a total of nearly 105,000. Indian students represent 15 per cent of all international students in US higher education, the report said.
“The United States continues to host more international students than any other country in the world,” said Mr 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.
The report noted that students from India increased by two per cent which was a lower rate than in previous years; however, they remain the second largest international group, with tens of thousands more students from India in US higher education than from any other country, except China.
Among the other leading places of origin, the most notable decline was seen in students from Japan, with a 15 per cent decline following a 14 per cent drop the previous year; Japan is at number 6 this year.
The number of students from Mexico decreased by nine per cent, those from Indonesia was down by 7.5 per cent, and Kenyan students’ decline was eight per cent.
There was a decline of five per cent or less in the number of students from the other leading senders: South Korea, Canada, Taiwan, Nepal, Germany, Thailand, Hong Kong, Colombia, Pakistan and Russia.