Report shows 3-decade rise in foreign STEM students

educationdive | November 04, 2019

The number of foreign students earning degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics has risen steadily for decades, according to new data from the Congressional Research Service (CRS). About 22% of all STEM degrees in the U.S. were conferred to foreign students in the 2016-17 academic year, up from 11% in 1988-89. Master's degrees account for the majority of the credentials awarded. That share could shrink, however, as colleges report declines in enrollment of foreign students, who are generally considered to be a boon to the sector and the economy at-large. International students are attractive to U.S. colleges because they are almost never eligible for financial aid and therefore pay full tuition, the CRS report notes. Despite accounting for a little more than 5% of enrollment in colleges and universities in the country, foreign students deliver as much as $39 billion to the U.S. economy, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, reported earlier this year.

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EpicQuest Education Group | December 21, 2022

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We intend to develop numerous collaborative programs with renowned higher education institutions where we can achieve meaningful opportunities to enhance our students' educational experience, In the meantime, we are also looking into the potential of establishing an operating hub in Sri Lanka to facilitate our expansion into the Southeast Asia market to leverage our educational programming and unique culture of learning to include Viet Nam, Thailand, Malaysia and India. Our leadership team is on the ground in Sri Lanka to help us to execute upon our strategic growth goal to internationalize our student recruiting and academic programming for both Davis College and EduGlobal College." Jianbo Zhang, Chairman and CEO of EpicQuest Education. 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