1. The number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities showed the highest rate of growth in 35 years in 2014-15, increasing by ten percent to a record high of 974,926 students, according to the 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Why have we seen such a dramatic increase of international students coming to the U.S. recently?
In general, universities across the U.S. have become much more active in recruiting students from other countries. This increases the diversity of cultures on our campuses and also contributes to the “bottom-line”. In addition, recruiting practices have become more open and increasingly similar to the practices of other countries around the globe. For example, historically, many large universities in the U.S. have frowned upon partnering with a third party in another country to assist in promoting the university and contacting students regarding their interest in the university. This practice has been commonplace in the United Kingdom and Australia for many years, but only recently became broadly accepted in the U.S.
I believe the financial crisis of 2008 is also having a substantial impact. It’s no secret that the U.S. economy has recovered more quickly than other developed nations. The emerging economies whose strength helped in the early stages of recovery after 2008, have slowed. This has tightened opportunities for students in those countries and has led them to look abroad in the search for qualifications, which would appeal to multi-national corporations and smaller multi-national companies.