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International enrollment in Missouri colleges, universities jumps 6 percent

Date: November 14, 2012
By: Alexander Mallin
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri legislators may have trashed the idea of a China hub in Missouri, but Chinese students are still flooding to the state.
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Wrap: Students from China make up almost 30 percent of international students in Missouri.

That's according to a report from the Institute of International Education.

David Currey is the International Center Assistant Director at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He says Chinese students make up more than half of the international student population at M-U.

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Description: "We have seen a substantial, pretty dramatic increase from China. In fact, I think last year we had almost a 19 percent increase in students from China."

Currey says the increase is largely due to recent ties made with peer institutions in China and recruiting efforts overseas.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.

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Missouri colleges and universities saw their international enrollment jump 6 percent last year, and an international education group says most of those new students have come over from China.
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Wrap: The Institute of International Education recently released a study ranking Missouri 13th in the nation in the number of foreign students in colleges and universities.

Peggy Blumenthal is a spokeswoman for the institute and says a significant increase in Chinese undergraduates is largely responsible for that number.

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Description: "They think its worth the investment. The kind of training they're going to get here in the states is going to give them a better chance at a really good career."

The study shows China sent almost 200,000 students to study in the US last year, which doubles that of India, who sent the second most.

Chinese students make up almost 30 percent of international students in Missouri.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.


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