The US higher education industry is at risk owing to the hostile immigration policies of the Trump administration said Max Nikias President of USC – University of Southern California. The enrollment of overseas students is being affected by the hostile policies he added.
Trump’s presidency is witnessing increasing anti-immigration ambiance. The reason is that opponents of enhanced overseas arrivals fear that these are taking away jobs from the US citizens. Max Nikias expressed concerns of the education sector regarding the over-reaching policies of the Trump administration, as quoted by the CNBC.
It is something that we are worried about said the President of the USC. We lobby the Congress as we are always concerned over the over-reaching policies in US higher education. This is more applicable to us as USC is an independent and private research university, added Nikias.
USC based in Los Angeles has 38,000 students. Out of this 23% are overseas students. Amongst the most key lobbyists at the federal level for immigration issues include the US Universities.
The Institution of International Education had published a report in 2017. It states that fresh overseas enrollment at US higher educational institutions and universities in 2016 was 291, 000. This was a decrease of 3% when compared with 2015. It is for the first time that a back down in growth has been reported by the agency ever since it started maintaining records.
The report received exclusive data from 500 schools in fall 2017. These reported a 7% average decrease in the fresh enrollment of overseas students.
University of Southern California President Nikias said that we have to assess the success of the US industries overall. The secret to this success is that US universities have been attracting brightest and best talents across the globe. These come here get educated and contribute to the economy of the US, added the USC President.
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