American Students Heading To India
- By Sam George
- Published 08/10/2008
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the last three years or so, Asian Indians have been the largest foreign student population in American universities. Despite a five per cent drop from a record 80,000 plus last year, India still heads the list with 76,503 admissions in 2006. I have cited more data and information on this in the Coconut Book. Also get latest research report called Open Doors from the Institute of International Education.
But an interesting twist this year is the dramatic increase in the American students who are heading to India - a 53 percent rise from last year. India is the 20th destination for American students and this year a record enrollment of 1800, while 6500 student go to China to study.
Why are they going to India, when some of the finest educational establishments are in Western nations? India and China have been lately attracting students from around the world. Fastest growing economies in the world and bubbling with opportunties, young Americans are heading to Asia to acquire “language and culture skills” in university setting to carve out unique future global careers for themselves. Not to mention National Security Language Iniative encouraging Americans to develop foreign language proficiencies.