American Universities Lose Foreign Students
US: American Universities are losing the race in getting the highest number of foreign students. As the US falling behind in the race, experts are pointing fingers at the president Donald Trump and his immigration policies. As per their criticism, the foreign competitors are taking advantage of Trump’s anti-immigration policy to convince the potential students and teachers who would have opted for the US otherwise.
Politico, a leading American website digs out the data bank and proves that the US has already lost a good number of foreign students in the Trump era. As per their report, new foreign student enrollment in the U.S. dropped by 3 percent during the 2016-17 school year, and that decline is projected to double this school year.
At the same time, universities overseas are seeing increases as high as the double digits. The decline in foreign students enrolling in American colleges is just the latest evidence of Trump's immigration policies shutting doors in America. The U.S. is also granting fewer visitor visas to people from around the world, reports Politico.
The university groups wrote in the Supreme Court brief that since Trump signed the travel ban, international students have expressed concerns about coming to the U.S. to study, while faculty have turned down jobs and foreign scholars have pulled out of American academic conferences.
Trump had issued an order limiting visas to eight countries, six of which are majority Muslim. The administration has contended the travel ban is a necessary national-security step, and government attorneys have argued it’s not related to Trump’s vows on the campaign trail to institute a Muslim ban.
It’s not just the travel ban. The Trump administration is considering restricting visas for Chinese citizens, which could hurt Chinese students studying at American universities.
If the data by the Politico are correct, Canada saw an 18 percent jump in international enrollment in 2016. New Zealand saw the biggest boost — a 34 percent increase. International enrollment jumped 25 percent in Spain, 13 percent in Japan and 11 percent in China.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been spending time in Silicon Valley, trying to convince startups there that Canada might be a more friendly place as the U.S. continues to restrict immigration, including through additional scrutiny of work visas.