Exchanges in the media

The number of international students enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States increased by 7 per cent to a record high of 819,644 in the 2012-13 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report, released today. These international students contributed $24 billion to the U.S. economy in that same year, a recent economic analysis by NAFSA: Association of International Educators shows.

In a sudden shift, the number of Indian graduate students enrolling at U.S. graduate schools this fall increased significantly, while that of new Chinese grad students in the U.S. grew only slightly, a new report by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) finds.

The U.S. will be both the largest and the fastest-growing study abroad destination over the next decade, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports, citing a new study released by the British Council’s Education Intelligence global research service.

An increasing number of international students are choosing to attend medical school in Eastern Europe, the New York Times reports.

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New research shows that international students pay up to four times as much in fees in the UK as domestic students, the Huffington Post UK reports.

Recent figures compiled by the Complete University Guide indicate that “in some cases, foreign undergraduates are being asked to pay up to £35,000 for their courses.”

A recent trend indicates that Chinese students are studying overseas at younger ages, Asia News Network reports.

As the United States seeks to strengthen academic and institutional ties with developing nations in Asia and Latin America, relations with European institutions may be suffering, The Chronicle of Higher Education writes.

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As part of its efforts to rebuild after the 2011 civil war, Libya is focusing on increasing education and training opportunities by sending students abroad, ICEF Monitor reports.

Earlier this year, Libyan Deputy Minister of Education Bahin Eshetiwi announced Libya’s plan to address the shortcomings of the Libyan education system. A brief by World Education Services on the announcement highlighted the main initiatives of the Libyan reform:

As study abroad programs become more popular and significantly more diverse in terms of their location and participants, new positions are being created to allow institutions to better prepare for and respond to emergencies such as health and safety issues, political unrest or natural disasters, Inside Higher Ed reports.

A loss of cultural and educational exchanges is an often-overlooked consequence of the political turmoil in Egypt, writes Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, in a recent Al-Ahram Weekly article.

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