U.S. universities lose students from China


"After a decade of booming enrollment by students from China, American universities are starting to see steep declines as political tensions between the two countries cut into a major source of tuition revenue," AP reports.

Why it's happening: The U.S trade war with China and concerns about national security risks "appear to be accelerating a trend that's also driven by growing international competition, visa complications and the development of China's own higher education system," writes AP.

Several universities have reported drops of one-fifth or more this fall in the number of new students from China.

To adapt, some schools are stepping up recruiting in other parts of the world.

Foreign students contribute about $39 billion to the U.S. economy and are often sought after by universities because they don't rely on financial aid.

The big picture: The decline in Chinese students studying in the U.S. is reflective of a larger trend among international students opting to go elsewhere for their studies, a trend also reflected among top business schools.

How some schools are responding:

The University of Illinois took out a $60 million insurance policy if enrollment of Chinese students dropped by 20% or more in their colleges of engineering or business.

Leigh University hired a recruiter to bring in more students from India after applications from China fell by 6% this fall.

Source: https://www.axios.com

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