BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo continues to maintain
its leadership position among America's major public research
universities in terms of percentage of enrollment represented by
international students, according to the latest annual "Open Doors"
report of the Institute of International Education (IIE).
UB is first among America's major public research universities
in terms of percentage of enrollment represented by international
students. Its international enrollment of 4,103 students from more
than 110 countries constituted 15.4 percent of its enrollment
during the 2006-07 academic year, compared with 14.9 percent the
UB is 13th among the IIE's top 25 leading host institutions in
terms of total number of students, compared with 10th last year. In
the past academic year, UB had an enrollment of 4,103 international
students, compared with 4,072 the previous year.
The Top 25 in the IIE report is led by the University of
Southern California (USC), with 7,115 international students
constituting 21.3 percent of its total enrollment. Columbia
University is ranked second, followed by New York University.
In terms of percentage of international students, UB is ranked
with, and only surpassed by, six premiere private universities:
Columbia, Stanford, Harvard, USC, Cornell and Pennsylvania.
President John B. Simpson said UB enjoys an excellent reputation
overseas and is one of the most globalized public research
universities in the U.S.
"As we seek to build further on our leadership in higher
education, we take great pride in our continued recognition as one
of the nation's leading universities in terms of international
enrollment," Simpson added.
"Preparing students to contribute meaningfully to, and succeed
within, the global knowledge economy of the 21st century is a vital
element of UB's mission as a public university," he noted. "Our
success in attracting a large and diverse international student
population is a
central part of that effort."
UB's Office of International Education, under the direction of
Professor and Vice Provost
Stephen C. Dunnett, was among the first U.S. institutions to
create an international enrollment management office and to develop
an international enrollment recruitment strategy
"We are pleased that we have increased our international
enrollment this year despite the growing competition for
high-quality international students among leading universities both
in the U.S. and around the world," noted Dunnett, past president of
the Association of International Education Administrators.
"The presence of more than 4,100 international students from 110
countries greatly enhances the diversity of our campus community
and contributes in countless ways to the intellectual and cultural
life of the university. Our international students are a source of
cultural and economic enrichment for the Buffalo Niagara
International students, who pay double the tuition of New York
State students, also make a major financial contribution to the
university and community. The overall economic impact of UB's
international students and their families is estimated to be nearly
$70 million annually.
Satish K. Tripathi, provost and executive vice president for
academic affairs, said UB plans to increase enrollment of
international students by 1,000 between now and the year 2020 in
conjunction with its goal to rise among the ranks of the nation's
public research universities by growing by 40 percent, increasing
enrollment by 10,000 and faculty and staff by more than 2,300.
Stressing that enrollment of students from other countries is
only one measure of an international university, Tripathi noted
that a faculty task group last month issued a report commissioned
by him recommending strategies for further internationalizing UB
investments in student experiences, faculty scholarship and
institutional mission. The task group also recommended the
integration of global perspectives across the university's
curriculum and to require student competence in a second
"A strong international student presence on our campus is a very
important part of UB's history, tradition and future," Tripathi
"We continue to build upon this tradition through, for example,
encouraging our students to participate in study abroad and bring
their wonderfully enriching experiences back to our campus; through
forging international research and academic partnerships with other
prestigious international universities; and through ensuring our
curricula capture global perspectives."
UB's history of offering overseas educational opportunities
spans three decades.
In 1980, UB was the first U.S. university to negotiate an
educational exchange agreement with China after diplomatic ties
were reestablished between the two countries. In 1981, under the
auspices of that historic agreement, UB established the UB Language
Institute in Beijing on the campus of the Beijing Normal College of
Foreign Languages and established educational exchanges with three
Beijing universities. That same year, under the exchange agreement,
to send students and faculty to UB. Among UB's prominent alumni
are China's Minister of Education Zhou Ji and entrepreneur Robin
Li, founder and CEO of Baidu.com, the Chinese-language equivalent
In 2004 it began offering UB undergraduate degrees entirely
overseas when it launched a full-fledged undergraduate business
administration program in Singapore in cooperation with the
Singapore Institute of Management, where UB has offered an
Executive MBA program since 1996.
UB currently has study-aboard programs with institutions in more
than 30 counties on six continents. They include a Master of
Humanities (MAH) Program in Caribbean Cultural Studies jointly
operated by UB and the University of Havana that is the only joint
graduate program ever
established between a university in the United States and a
In recent weeks, UB established a major new exchange partnership
with Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, that calls for a
variety of cooperative research and educational initiatives, with a
particular focus on the shared-border region of Western New York
and Southern Ontario. The university also announced it is working
with the University of Toronto to establish a formal consortium
with some universities in Southern Ontario and New York State to
facilitate collaboration between the institutions.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the
State University of New York. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue
their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate,
graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the
University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American