Number of Foreign Students Attending US Colleges Reaches Record High
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University elites must be happy with the new report from the Institute of International Education, which works closely with the State Department, showing that 819,644 international students came to study in American colleges during the 2012-13 school year.

The good news is the foreign students contribute $24 billion annually to the U.S. economy, which green-eyeshade folks see as a welcome addition to America’s incoming cash.

The bad news is the loss of nearly a million college slots for American citizen kids. Plus, those foreigners are gaining a foothold in this country for future jobs and work visas. Many international students become immigrants, using the education doorway.

Even scarier for the nation as a whole is the welcome mat put out for unfriendly diverse persons, particularly 237,000 students from Red China.

Over the years, the Chinese have increasingly been behaving like enemies. In 2005, PRC General Zhu Chenghu said his country would use nuclear weapons if the US defended Taiwan. In recent weeks the PRC bragged about how much of the American west coast it could easily nuke, as shown in the map following.

It seems highly unwise to educate likely future enemies in the technical knowledge they can use against us. Chinese spies routinely use our foolish openness in colleges and business to spy and steal military information. In 2008 it was reported that 3000 front companies existed in the US for the purpose of China ripping off industrial secrets.

Even so, the State Department still believes that educating hostile foreigners in US universities is a fine (and cheap) way to spread liberal American values around the world. Dealing with real threats from enemies is not in State’s job description.

Plus, the increase in Saudi students to 45,000 is concerning for the opportunities for jihad US education provides.

Huge influx of Chinese students drives numbers of international students at US colleges to record levels, Daily Mail, November 11, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese students are flocking to U.S. colleges and universities, helping to drive the number of international students studying in America to record levels.

Similarly, all-time high numbers of American students are studying abroad, although there are far fewer and they tend to do much shorter stints than students coming to the United States, ?according to a report by the Institute of International Education and the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

They say international education programs do more than advance cultural enrichment. They also are an economic boon to communities that host foreign students and to the students themselves, who improve their job competitiveness.

Foreign students contribute about $24 billion annually to the U.S. economy and about two-thirds of them primarily pay their own way or their families do.

All told, 819,644 students came to the United States to study abroad in the 2012-13 school year. The highest numbers were from China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada. That’s a record high, with a seven per cent increase from a year earlier and 40 per cent from more than a decade ago. Despite the increases, international students make up less than four per cent of all students.

There was some slowdown in the number of students coming to the United States in the years after the September 11 attacks, in part because of visa issues, but the number has since rebounded.

About 237,000 of the international students were from China, a 29 per cent increase. A burgeoning middle class combined with a view that America has quality colleges and universities were factors cited as driving the demand. About one-third studied business and management once they arrived, the report said.

‘Chinese students and their parents are looking for high quality education, get the importance of international education, and it’s making America the No. 1 destination because we actually have the capacity to absorb international students,’ said Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the institute.

The number of students from Saudi Arabia studying in the United States jumped 30 per cent, to 45,000. These students are largely funded by a Saudi government scholarship program nearly in its 10th year, the report said.

The top destinations for international students were the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, New York University, and Columbia University in New York.

By contrast, 283,332 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit – a three per cent increase from a year earlier.

In the past 20 years, the number of U.S. students studying abroad has tripled. But less than 10 per cent of American students study abroad during their college years. The United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France and China were the top destinations.

Attention tied to the Beijing Olympics and more classes taught in English are factors starting to drive more American students to China, Goodman said.

A State Department program called 100,000 Strong, which officially started in 2010, aims to send 100,000 American students to China over a four-year period.

The report found that 14,887 Americans studied in China in 2011-2012 – a two per cent increase, but that doesn’t include students going to China for non-credit programs.

‘We encourage study abroad whether it’s short term, long term, whether it’s credit, non-credit,’ said Evan Ryan, a State Department official, on a conference call with reporters.

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