There is some attention –grabbing findings from the 2015 edition of the Institute of International Education (IIE) annual Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange. The report affirms that the US is continuing hold the status as the world’s leading International study destination. In fact, America hosts about one out of every five higher education students enrolled outside their home countries today.
The number of international students enrolled in US higher education grew by 10% in 2014/15, making it the ninth consecutive year of enrollment growth for US and the biggest year after year jump in 35 years. Consistent with the market share, America hosts roughly one out of every five higher education students who are enrolled outside their home country today, the growing base of foreign students and decline in domestic students leading to the total higher education enrollment that has edged up over the last couple of years.
China and India are the major growth drivers. Both the country together accounted for 67% increase in international students and they nearly constitute about 45% of the total number international students in US higher education.
Outside the top three:
Foreign funded scholarships played a major role in overall enrollment growth this year. Saudi Arabia remained up 11.2%. Saudi Arabia was number four sending country in 2014/15 accounting for about 6.1% of all international enrollment in the US. After which the score for individual source market declined rapidly. As it is clear from the following table, no country after Saudi Arabia has a more than 3% of the total foreign enrollment.
The top Fifteen Sending Markets for US higher education, 2014-15.
Source: Open Doors 2014/15.
In the top Fifteen sending countries displayed above, Vietnam, Mexico, Nigeria also entitled double digit gains in US enrollment for 2014/2015.
US Students Abroad
The report of Open Doors 2015 also highlights the continued growth in outgoing mobility from the US that is a subject of great interest for the IIE (Institute of International Education). According to Evan Ryan, assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US department of State,??? it is exciting to see that such a large number of students have been taking advantage of international education opportunities. The efforts of US higher education are to be appreciated here. This exchange strengthens ties between the United States and the countries around the world.???
Growing Economic impact
NAFSA (Association of International Educators in its analysis released the impact of international students in the US at US $ 30.5 billion for 2014-15. It is estimated that the sector currently supports 373,381 American jobs.
The economic benefits arising from international students in the US (Indicated in green) related to the number of jobs supported( brown line) and total international enrollment( blue line). Source: NAFSA.
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