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U.S. a Hot Spot for Chinese Grad Students – At Work – WSJ

November 14, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Chinese citizens continue to pour onto U.S. college campuses, now comprising 37% of all international graduate students here, according to a new report out Thursday from the Council of Graduate Schools.

The report, based on fall 2012 enrollment data from 265 U.S. schools, found that the number of first-time enrollments by Chinese students increased by 22% — the seventh consecutive year of double-digit growth. First-time enrollment tracks students just starting their degree programs; because many master’s and doctoral programs last multiple years, the figure is a reliable indicator of longer-term enrollment trends.

The schools included in the report conferred 64% of the nearly 97,000 graduate degrees awarded to international students last year, so they present a convincing picture of the graduate-student landscape.

Business and engineering saw the largest gains in first-time enrollment by international students, notching increases of 15% and 12%, respectively. Last year, they reported growth of 9% (business) and 6% (engineering). Nearly half of all first-time international enrollments are now in those two subject areas.

Many of the gains are likely the result of surging demand by Chinese students, who still see a U.S. degree as attractive even as their local schools gain in global reputation, says Jeffrey Allum, director of research and policy analysis at the Council of Graduate Schools. (We wrote recently about the challenges faced by CEIBS, a Shanghai-based business school, as it tries to launch into the top tier of programs worldwide.)

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