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KU sees rise in applicants from China, India

April 9, 2012

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As colleges and universities across the country report an uptick in the numbers of applications they’re getting from international students, Kansas University is no exception.

Nationally, schools are seeing more and more applications from China, according to a report from the Council of Graduate Schools.

Nationwide, this fall’s applications from that country are up 18 percent for master’s and doctoral programs from a year ago, the report showed.

KU, however, is seeing a higher percentage increase from India, said Thomas Heilke, dean of graduate studies at KU.

Applications for graduate study from India increased 20 percent from this time a year ago. China went up, too, but by 7.4 percent. Charlie Bankart, assistant vice provost for international programs, said China still is far and away the country that sends the most international students to campus, making the percentages a little deceiving.

“Your base is that much higher,” he said.

India has had 270 students apply in 2012, while China had 872. Both countries have increasing populations and a growing middle class, Bankart said.

In China, however, a different family structure, with families limited to having only one child, can mean it’s easier for those children to attend school overseas with grandparents, aunts and uncles helping out.

“That whole network is able to leverage their funds collectively to provide a student with the funds to get an education that will change their life,” Bankart said.

Heilke said KU’s overall increase in graduate international applications — up 9 percent from last year — is right in line with the national average, as cited in the Council of Graduate Students report. Much of the uptick is in the sciences, particularly in the life sciences, he said.

Bankart said KU is seeking to increase its graduate and undergraduate enrollment of international students.

Some new measures are being put in place, including an effort to reach out to international students with information about application deadlines and other details, instead of simply responding to emailed questions.

Other programs currently under review for international students include an orientation program and a program to offer additional academic support in the students’ first year, Bankart said.

“We’re hoping these students are going to get their (bachelor’s degrees) and think about KU for graduate school,” he said.

KU’s School of Law is also involved in recruiting international students.

Law Dean Stephen Mazza said the school operates a two-year program ending in a juris doctorate degree, designed for students who already have earned a law degree in their home country.

Mazza said the law school has not had a focus on China but has tried to step up its recruitment efforts with law schools in other countries.

The law school is not trying to expand the program beyond its current levels of eight to 10 students, Mazza said. The students come to the law school from all over the world, he said.

“We feel that the international students enrich the classroom,” he said. “But we don’t want to overwhelm the classroom.”

Comments

jonas_opines 2 years ago

It's not a day at the ljworld that we can't be scared and angry at the furinners

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demonfury 2 years ago

Look, you can hype this anyway you like, but the fact remains that KU is and has been in decline overall. Just because you have more graduate student applications, doesn't mean much considering they make up a very small percentage of the overall student body. As long as the liberal decision makers of this University continue to pay the outrageous sums to it's exempt staff, and administrators, KU will be forced to continue to raise tuition to compensate for that, just as they have been doing over the last decade. The tuition rate at KU has risen over 225% in the last 10 years. You can attribute that to a lot of things, but by far, the greatest among them is personnel expenses. Until a change is made identifying and rectifying this, KU will continue to decline.

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yourworstnightmare 2 years ago

The sad fact is that many domestic students do not want to pursue advanced degrees in the "hard sciences" or are not adequately prepared for such education.

Yes, I am saying that in some cases KU does a poor job of preparing students for advanced studies in the hard sciences. Too many general education requirements, and too many non-rigorous alternatives in math and physics, especially for biology majors.

Advanced education and research in the hard sciences is, well, hard. Many domestic students are averse to difficulty and hard work and delayed pay-off.

Sad but true.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years ago

Make sure that the University starts to offer a course in Mandarin Chinese for the American students. They will need to know the language when we complete selling our country, our heritage and our souls to the Chinese buying their cheap crap that we cannot seem to produce for ourselves.

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Paul R Getto 2 years ago

Good news; we need foreign students for lots of reasons; money is just one of them.

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bd 2 years ago

I am glad my hard earned tax $'s are going towards educating non-Kansans!

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usnsnp 2 years ago

What should be also looked at is how much money does China and Indian governments contribute to each of their students to get this education. While here in the United States thers are some in the government that want to cut money from programs that help people go to college.

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LJD230 2 years ago

And an undergraduate student body that was recruited from and represented ALL of the United States might enrich the reputation of the university. It ain't rocket science. If you want to be a "national" university of some prestige, you gotta have a student body that more adequately puts the national in national.

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