Drop in Chinese students concerns US universities

The drop in the number of Chinese going to the United States to study, especially at the undergraduate level, is causing concern in US universities about revenue and academic research, reports China Daily/Asia News Network.

For a decade, there had been consistent and rapid annual growth in Chinese undergraduate students going to the US, said Rahul Choudaha, a research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. But in 2017, for the first time in recent years, the number shifted slightly downwards, by 110, Choudaha said.

Some institutions, such as the universities of Oregon and Illinois, have seen a significant decline in Chinese student enrolment this year, especially for non-STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programmes, he said. Based on his analysis of the National Science Foundation’s data, the number of Chinese undergraduate students in non-science and non-engineering programmes decreased by 1,920 in 2017 compared with 2016, said Choudaha, who is also executive vice-president for global engagement and research at StudyPortals, a company that recruits international students online.
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