Chinese Undergrads Help Set New Record: Growing Number of International Students Remains a Bright Spot in Higher Education By Douglas Belkin in the Wall Street Journal on Nov. 17, 2014
Another wave of Chinese undergraduates pushed the number of international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities up 8% last year to a new all-time high of nearly 900,000, according to a new report.
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U.S. schools aggressively recruit students from other countries, particularly in China where the rising middle class has fueled dramatic growth. … Last year, 274,439 Chinese students came to the U.S. to study, a 16.5% increase over the year before and nearly one third of the total international population. …
There are now four schools with more than 10,000 non-U.S. students. Leading the pack is New York University* with 11,164. …
The schools with the highest total of international students behind NYU are the University of Southern California, University of Illinois—Urbana Champagne, Columbia University and Purdue University.
I will repeat last years rant about this trend, because I think it is the single most import fact that lays bare the tower of bu11$#;+ that the CIC feeds the American public to scrounge more money from their bleeding wallets:
What does the record number of foreign students [see above] tell us about the College Industrial Complex?
First it tells us that it really is all about the Benjamins. Glories of the liberal arts? Not the foreigners. They can’t read English well enough to deconstruct the heteronormative violence inherent in Shakespeare. They are over in the engineering quad studying computer programming.
Second, I have heard many college presidents tell students and parents that their tuition dollars, even if paid in cash at retail, do not begin to cover the cost of their four years at Old Siwash. If that were true, they wouldn’t be rooting around the farthest corners of Shendong province looking for cash customers. They would be reducing their losses by cutting the number of students.
Third, the whole thing makes the colleges complaints that governments are shorting them look very shabby. Why should the government pump money into the CIC either by direct grant, student loans and grants, or tax exemptions? The answer as I understand it is that the future of our country depends on a citizenry that has college degrees. If that is so, why do the the colleges, who are selling it to foreigners, deserve subsidies from the taxpayers?
Those of you who believe that spending their bright college years in the ivy covered walls, will cause foreign students to become friends of the United States would do well to contemplate the example of an Egyptian school teacher named Sayyid Qtub, who spent a year at an American college and was so appalled by what he saw there, that he went back to Egypt and became one of the founders of radical Islamism.
A note about the grad students. Many of them are mere lab servants spending a few years watching test tubes go drip, drip, drip in the labs of the Principal Investigators. If they were making tennis shoes you would cry for them. If the PIs had to hire Americans and pay them a decent wage, it would restrict the conference budget.
* I am not surprised to see NYU here. By all accounts they are most over-leveraged college in the US. Indeed they seem to be little but a real estate scam on the verge of collapse.