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EDUCATION REPORT - Number of Foreign Students in US Continues to Rise

作者:Ira Mellman 发布日期:11-17-2011

Jennifer Parungao and Hossam Shahin, both 19, are international students at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey
Jennifer Parungao and Hossam Shahin, both 19, are international students at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey

This is the VOA Special English Education Report.

The number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States has increased for the fifth year.

The Institute of International Education in New York released its annual "Open Doors" report this week. It says a record high of more than seven hundred twenty thousand students from other countries studied in America during the last academic year. The number was five percent higher than the year before and almost one-third higher than ten years ago.

There were big increases from China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Iran and Venezuela. Almost twenty-two percent of international students were Chinese, with increases especially at the undergraduate level. Together, almost half of all international students came from China, India and South Korea.

Peggy Blumenthal at the institute says Chinese students are now studying throughout the United States.

PEGGY BLUMENTHAL: "Ten, twenty years ago, students from China only knew of a handful of U.S. institutions, but now they are enrolling in our community colleges, in our small liberal arts institutions, in the research universities -- really spread across the country."

Ms. Blumenthal suggests one reason for the increase is a lack of space in Chinese colleges for everyone who wants an education. She says students and their parents are also looking for a different educational experience.

More international students study in California than any other state, followed by New York, Texas, Massachusetts and Illinois. For the tenth year in a row, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles led the country, with more than eighty-six hundred foreign students.

The most popular area of study for international students is business and management, followed by engineering.

Some schools are making special efforts to welcome students from other cultures. Workers greet students in different languages at a dining hall that the University of California, Los Angeles, spent five million dollars to modernize.

Peter Angelis is an assistant vice chancellor at UCLA. He says forty percent of the students are Asian, and opinion surveys showed that students wanted more Asian foods.

PETER ANGELIS: "We conduct a survey annually to find out what our students like and don't like about residing on campus. And consistently, through these surveys, we've heard over and over again that cuisines from the various regions of Asia are our students' preferred choice for choice. In fact, Japanese food is their top choice overall.

"On top of this we recognize here at UCLA that we have a large student population here on campus. Roughly forty percent of our undergrad students are from families with roots to countries throughout Asia. The best way to celebrate this cultural diversity is through cuisine and through food."

The "Open Doors" report says about forty-five percent of international students in the United States are women. Almost two-thirds of all foreign students receive the majority of their funding from personal and family sources.

The report is published in partnership with the State Department.  You can find a link to the full report at www.unsv.com.

And that's the VOA Special English Education Report. I'm Christopher Cruise.

网友的学习评论(14条):
作者:fujun
11-18-2011 15:43:13
why are they go to US?Is it really haven't space for they study in their own country?
作者:BeYourself
11-18-2011 19:32:51
I think the main reason why more and more chinese students choose to study abroad is that they want to find a job in foreign country and then can reside in that coutry,where they can enjoy better welfares and policies than at home.What a pity!
作者:leehombeauty
11-18-2011 22:33:18
open doors
作者:ordinary girl
11-19-2011 9:11:10
a good thing or not? ……
作者:neverapart
11-19-2011 13:35:0
the number of chinese students in America is higher than before, is this meant to be a good thing or bad thing .
作者:idealist
11-19-2011 20:42:34
one of the reason is the poor education environment in our country
作者:insist
11-20-2011 13:35:51
How to judge this phenomenon?
11-20-2011 17:11:29
why are they goes to united states? I figure they want to stay or enjore better education there,may that is the mian reason.
作者:钱小龙
11-20-2011 19:49:51
There is many reason. But the first is that the policy in china is much worse than in US. Our country has a gong X party!So their policy does not serve for people.
作者:Sunday
11-22-2011 10:39:14
Why so many persons would like to study abroad?In my opinion,the primary reason is that the competion is more and more bigger along with the progress of society.For me,I can tell you that due to my poor english leading to earn less a lot than some one of our company,are you with me?So,please catch any chance to improve knowledge,maybe chase studying abroad is a good way if you have a rich father or mother,right?
作者:crystalyu
11-22-2011 11:35:34
sunday:i agree with you!!
作者:yaru
11-22-2011 18:19:57
Recently, Chinese have spent more money for their children on learning abroad, especially on senior school and tertiary study. In addition, there is an increasing number of student come back after their abroad study. In my opinion, study abroad may be not really a bad thing. We can gain a lot from those developed country.
作者:Tom
11-24-2011 9:41:4
In my view,we should learn after we know what we want to learn.
作者:snowwolfljb
12-27-2011 9:15:58
many technologies of various fields in US are most developed in the world
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