Troy University has been named the nation’s 25th leading master’s-level institution for international student enrollment, according to a nationwide study.
The “Open Doors” report is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. IIE has conducted the annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since 1949 and with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. The census is based on a survey of almost 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions. “Open Doors” also reports on U.S. students studying abroad and on international scholars at U.S. universities, among other items.
The report finds that the number of international students enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States increased by 3 percent to a total of 582,984 in the 2006 -2007 academic year. This is the first significant increase in total international student enrollments since 2001-2002. “Open Doors” reports an even higher increase in the number of new international students, those enrolled for the first time at a college or university in fall 2006, which rose 10 percent from the previous year.
“Troy University is committed to providing a positive international experience for our students – whether they are from Alabama or from abroad,” said Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. “TROY graduates must compete in a global marketplace and transact business in a global economy. We are determined to provide the needed quality international experiences for all our students.”
The University is known worldwide for its Sino-American Dual Degree Program known as 1-2-1. Now recognized as a national model for student exchanges, the program allows a student in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to begin an education at a home institution, transfer to TROY for two years and return to China for a final year. When completed, the student earns both a degree from TROY and a degree from the home institution. Similar programs have been launched by the University in Russia.
With 301 students on the Troy Campus, the PRC is the leading nation of origin for the University’s international students, followed by Nepal with 75 students and South Korea with 45 students. India currently enrolls 44 students. For the 2006-2007 academic year, TROY enrolled a total of 767 international students and an overall enrollment of 28,255.
Nationally, “Open Doors” reports India as the leading country of origin for international students with 83,833 – a 10 percent increase over the previous year. China remains in second place nationally with 67,723 and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) comes in a third with 62,392.
Dr. Curt Porter, associate vice chancellor for international affairs, said he believes a number of factors are responsible for the University’s attractiveness to international students.
“Under Chancellor Hawkins’ leadership, Troy University has sought to offer quality education to all students in an international setting, and the international community has caught on to this dedication,” he said. “TROY is poised to offer international students success with a dedicated faculty and a safe campus environment.”
In addition to the four campuses in Alabama, TROY also operates in 13 countries outside the United States and in one U.S. territory.