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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • S&T sees 20% increase in international students

  • More international students are coming to study at Missouri University of Science and Technology, following state and national trends.
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  • More international students are coming to study at Missouri University of Science and Technology, following state and national trends.
    In fact Missouri S&T has seen a 20 percent increase in the number of students this fall semester compared to the same time last year.
    This year, a record 1,152 students from 56 countries are studying at S&T, compared to 954 students from 61 countries reported in the fall of 2012.
    And students from China are leading the way with 338 students from that country enrolled this year. India comes in second with 307 students from there.
    In fact, from 2009 to 2011, India topped the list where most of S&T’s international students came from. Dr. Jeanie Hofer, Ph.D., director of the office of international affairs at S&T, said she has seen a large growth in graduate students from India.
    As for why there has been an increase in Chinese students, Hofer attributes that to a partnership the university has with educational institutions in China.
    “We’ve established a China footprint and have particular institutions where we recruit their students,” Hofer said.
    The university’s name change from University of Missouri-Rolla to Missouri S&T in 2008 is also a reason Hofer believes more students are choosing to study here. Communication of the name change took longer to spread outside of the U.S. than it did domestically.
    “Now that it’s gotten out there, I believe it’s contributing to our numbers,” she said.
    She also believes that even in a tough economy, students have been able to find jobs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) areas.
    With a record number of international students studying at S&T, Hofer said that has added to the time office staff spends on advising.
    “Students who come from countries where English is not their native language have a few more questions and it takes them a little more time to get them up to speed,” Hofer said.
    International students who are not English speakers need to gain their English proficiency requirements before they’re allowed to go forward with the classes required for their degrees.
    Hofer said the younger undergraduate students from nations where English isn’t their native language have a higher level of need for advising compared to older graduate students.
    Hofer said, “I would be remiss if I didn’t say how much these students make a rich contribution to the cultural diversity of campus and we feel fortunate to have them,” Hofer
    Mo. ranks 12th
    The Institute of International Education’s Open Doors 2013 report released this past week ranks Missouri 12th in the nation in the number of international students enrolled at the state’s colleges and universities.
    Page 2 of 2 - More than 17,300 international students – an increase of 7.7 percent – chose Missouri as their destination for higher education during the 2012-2013 academic year.
    The state previously ranked 13th nationwide in the number of international students.
    More than one-third of international students studying in Missouri are from China.
    Other countries with the highest number of students in the state are India, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Japan.
    Missouri universities enrolling the largest numbers of international students are University of Missouri-Columbia, 2,490 students; Washington University, 2,235 students; Missouri State University, 1,482 students; University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1,287 students; and Lindenwood University, 1,245 students.

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