Chinese students are enrolling in U.S. universities in record numbers, encouraged by aggressive recruiting combined with China’s booming economy and growing middle class.
According to Institute of International Education figures their enrollment grew by 8% in the fall of 2006 and by 20% last year,
Individual universities surveyed are also reporting high growth this year.
A snapshot survey the institute did of campuses this fall found that 55% reported increases in students from China, the most from any country.
Kansas State provost Duane Nellis said, ‘There is a whole emerging middle class of Chinese, well over 300 million, many of them with one-child families who are interested in sending their son or daughter abroad with higher educational experience. We’re trying to capitalize on that and also enrich our campus community.’
The number of Americans studying abroad is also at a record high, the Institute of International Education reports, increasing 8% to 242,000 in 2006-2007 — the latest year figures are available.
Source: International Herald Tribune