According to Open Doors 2010, the annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, the number of Guyanese students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education in 2009/10 increased from 280 to 296, a 5.7 per cent increase compared to the previous year.
This represents a slight increase after five years of decline, the US Embassy said yesterday in a release.
Of the 296 Guyanese studying in the U.S., 144 are pursuing studies at the undergraduate level; 112 are enrolled in graduate programs and 40 in non-degree programmes.
Nassau Community College (11.61%) is the top receiving college and New York (35.60%) is the top receiving state for Guyanese studying in the U.S.
This year’s Open Doors report shows the total 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.
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 enrollment 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 sending country.
Students from India increased by two per cent to a total of nearly 105,000 and represent 15 per cent of all international students in U.S. higher education.
Open Doors 2010 reports 2009/10 enrollments have been affected by decisions made in a period of economic downturn in the United States and in many countries around the world.
The data reveals a complicated picture of international student enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities, with enrollment patterns varying widely according to place of origin and academic level.
There were strong increases in the number of students from a few countries, but more than half of the top 25 sending countries showed decreases, resulting in a slower rate of overall growth than had been seen in recent years.
Each of the top five host U.S. states, California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts and Illinois, saw increases in the number of international students
According to Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the New York-based Institute of International Education, “The United States continues to host more international students than any other country in the world,” and “Active engagement between U.S. and international students in American classrooms provides students with valuable skills that will enable them to collaborate across cultures and borders to address shared global challenges in the years ahead.”
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