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U.S. colleges attracting fewer new students from abroad

The Japan Times

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS – The number of foreign students heading to U.S. colleges and universities fell again last year, the second straight decline after more than a decade of growth, a new report finds. Enrollment of new international students dropped by about 7 percent in fall 2017, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the State Department and the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit research group based in New York. The overall number of foreign students in the U.S. still increased slightly, by 1.5 percent, fueled by growing numbers of students who stayed for temporary work after graduation. But the number of newly arriving students slid to about 271,000, the lowest levels since 2013. The report's authors cited sharper competition from other countries including Australia and Canada, along with the rising cost of education in the U.S.


Record number of foreign students find work after graduating Japanese universities in 2015

The Japan Times

A record number of foreign students took jobs in Japan immediately after graduating from universities and vocational schools last year, according to recently released Justice Ministry data. The number of students, at 15,657, was more than double the 5,878 seen in 2005 and is the result of a government effort to lure skilled professionals, especially in the information technology sector, to boost the global competitiveness of Japanese firms. Under a plan adopted by the Cabinet in June, the government set the target of raising the employment rate of foreign students in Japan from the current 30 percent to 50 percent. To make it easier for foreign students to land jobs, the government has acted as a bridge between the students and potential employers by organizing recruitment seminars. As of the end of 2015, the number of foreign students was estimated at 246,000, rising for the third consecutive year.


After decade of 21% annual surges, UC sees fall in foreign applicants after Trump election

The Japan Times

SAN FRANCISCO – A new study shows international students applied to the University of California last year in far fewer numbers than they did over the 12 previous years, and the decline coincides with the election of President Trump. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (bit.ly/2opCtg1) the dip follows more than a decade in which the number of international applications rose by an average of 21 percent a year, according to the study by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions. UC's application deadline for fall 2017 admissions was Nov. 30 and Trump was elected Nov. 8. Applications from Mexico plunged by 30 percent. Countries with large populations of Muslims sent in 10 percent fewer applications.


Inspiring Science: Building Thailand's Future

Al Jazeera

This film will be available online from February 6, 2017. Thailand has seen remarkable social and economic progress over the last four decades. Thirty years ago, 67 percent of the population lived below the poverty line; by 2014, that number had dropped to 11 percent. What I'd like to see is knowledge of science being developed in Thailand. Children and adults should learn and understand the nature of science.


Number of foreign students seeking jobs in Japan after graduation hits record high

The Japan Times

The number of foreign students who changed their visa status in 2018 to work in Japan after graduating from universities or vocational schools hit a record high amid a chronic manpower shortage, immigration authorities said Wednesday. A total of 25,942 students switched their status of residence last year to those required to land a job in Japan, up 3,523 from a year earlier, according to the Immigration Services Agency. The figure more than doubled from 2013, apparently reflecting overall growth in the number of overseas students and surging demand from companies for foreign workers to deal with a labor crunch caused by Japan's aging population and low birthrate. By type of status, "engineer, specialist in humanities, international services," under which foreigners can take such jobs as engineers and accountants, accounted for 93.2 percent of work visas, while "business manager" comprised 2.2 percent and "professor" 2.1 percent. By country and region, Chinese topped the list of students switching to work visas, accounting for 42.0 percent, followed by Vietnamese at 20.2 percent and Nepalese at 11.3 percent.