Kathmandu, November 19
The number of Nepali students studying in the United States of America remained high and the US is still a preferred choice for Nepali students who plan to study abroad.
According to 2019-Open Doors Report on ‘International Educational Exchange’ released by the Institute of International Education and the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs yesterday, Nepal ranks 12th in both undergraduate and graduate students in the US, totalling 13,229. The total number of Nepali students has decreased marginally compared to the previous year, but the number of undergraduate students and students pursuing optional practical trainings has increased.
The report stated that a total of 1.09 million international students enrolled in the United States in 2018-19, an all-time high. “We are happy to see continued growth in the number of international students in the United States and US students studying abroad,” said Marie Royce, assistant secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “Promoting international students’ mobility remains top priority for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and we want even more students in the future to see the United States as the best destination to earn their degrees. International exchange makes our colleges and universities more dynamic for all students and education at US institutions can have a transformative effect for international students, just like study abroad experiences can for US students,” he said.
The Open Doors Report also marks the celebration of International Education Week, said a press release issued by the US Embassy in Nepal today. From November 18-22, IEW is a joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education designed to attract future leaders to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.
In support of IEW-2019, the US Embassy in Nepal, with its partner organisations the United States Educational Foundation Nepal, Kathmandu University and the American Centre will host a series of events. Featured events include ‘Get Inspired’ programme, higher education administrator workshop, Nepali alumni of US universities presentation, student visa presentation, webinar and online college fair. An education fair will conclude the week of activities promoting US higher education and exchange opportunities for Nepali students.
A version of this article appears in print on November 20, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.