International student enrollment reaches record high at the University of Nebraska
International student enrollment at the University of Nebraska has reached a record high of 3,018 for fall 2010, according to a report presented today to the Board of Regents.

This year’s figure is an 8.7 percent increase over fall 2009. NU’s international students come from 136 different countries, the most popular being China, India and Japan.

“The University of Nebraska’s success in attracting more international students to our campuses is excellent news for our students, our communities and for Nebraska,” NU President James B. Milliken said. “In today’s global economy, students need to interact with and learn from people from many different cultures in order to be competitive. A robust international community is one way we can enrich our students’ education – and our state.”

Besides adding diversity to the university and state, international students also have a significant economic impact on Nebraska. According to the Institute of International Education , international students in Nebraska spent more than $88 million in 2008-2009. Because nonresident tuition rates are higher than resident tuition rates, international students also generate additional tuition revenue that helps NU maintain its affordability.

Milliken pointed out that global engagement is one of the priorities of the University of Nebraska Foundation’s Campaign for Nebraska . Last fall, Milliken announced goals to double the number of international students at NU by 2019, and also to provide every undergraduate an opportunity to study abroad.

“The university also is actively exploring new opportunities for international student exchanges, faculty collaborations and research partnerships that could leverage our strengths in agriculture, water, energy, medicine, early childhood education and other areas,” Milliken said.

The university’s global strategy – along with growing success among students and faculty in research and global scholarship programs – is helping to build NU’s international stature, said Tom Farrell, associate vice president for international affairs. Farrell was hired in 2009 to lead NU’s global initiatives.

“Knowledge does not stop at Nebraska’s borders,” Farrell said. “In today’s increasingly interconnected world, we are in a unique position to work together to find solutions to global challenges such as hunger, poverty and disease. Solving these challenges will require putting the world’s best minds to work, and the University of Nebraska intends to play an important role.”

Milliken has been appointed to a new American Council on Education (ACE) Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement, which meets for the first time Oct. 22. The panel includes 19 prominent education and international affairs leaders who are charged with setting a new global agenda for U.S. universities. Milliken also recently participated in the U.S.-Brazil Innovation Summit as a panelist to discuss NU’s global Water for Food Institute and leadership in energy research.

A 10-year history of international student enrollment at the University of Nebraska follows:
2001: 2,425
2002: 2,572
2003: 2,387
2004: 2,437
2005: 2,390
2006: 2,372
2007: 2,522
2008: 2,720
2009: 2,776
2010: 3,018

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