BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The 2012 Open Doors Report on International
Educational Exchange, released yesterday in Washington, D.C., finds
that, for the tenth year in a row, the University at Buffalo is
among the top 20 institutions in the United States hosting
In the 2011-12 academic year, UB hosted 5,357 international
students, and the number increased this fall, according to Stephen
Dunnett, PhD, vice provost for international education at UB.
"As the Open Doors report confirms, the competition for
international students is intensifying, as many of the major public
and private universities, both here and abroad, vie for the best
students from around the world," he said.
He also noted that potential enrollees, like students
everywhere, face increasing economic challenges and are concerned
about their post-graduation employment and further educational
prospects, another recruitment challenge.
"It is to the credit of our outstanding international enrollment
management team -- Joseph Hindrawan, Steven Shaw and Raymond Lew --
all of whom spent a good portion of the fall semester recruiting
overseas, that even in this difficult environment UB continues to
increase its roster of international students and to be a model of
best practices in international admissions and enrollment," Dunnett
The Open Doors Report, which can be found online at http://www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/News-and-Events/Press-Center/Press-Releases/2012/11-13-2012-Open-Doors-International-Students,
offers a detailed analysis of the status of international student
exchange. It is published by the Institute of International
Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural
exchange organization in the United States. The IIE has conducted
an annual statistical survey of the international students in the
United States since 1919.
According to the report, the 2010-11 New York State enrollment
figure for international students was 82, 436, a 4.5 percent
increase from last year and the second highest enrollment in the
country (California, with an enrollment of 102,789 came in
Although international student enrollment in U.S. colleges and
universities dropped 3.75 percent overall in the 2003-06 political
climate, enrollment has enjoyed an increase of 31.2 percent since
2006-07 and, with the most recent increase of 5.7 percent, stands
at more than 764,495 students.
The report noted increases in the number of students from 12 of
the top 25 places of origin, including Brazil, China, France,
Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the United
Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam.
"At the same time," the report stated, "numbers declined from
several major sending countries, including India (down 4 percent),
South Korea, (down 1 percent), and Japan (down 6 percent). The
factors driving these declines may include global and home country
economic factors, growing higher education opportunities at home
and stronger employment opportunities at home after