February 4, 2013
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The last few decades have been a time of impressive growth and change for higher education in Latin America. The newest publication in the Global Education Research Reports Series, Latin America’s New Knowledge Economy: Higher Education, Government, and International Collaboration, reviews the policies, institutions, and programs that helped bring about these changes, as well as their outcomes in terms of access, workforce training, and research. In the book, leading scholars from Latin America in the U.S. explore key issues, including higher education’s role in advanced workforce development, trends in academic mobility and outcomes for brain circulation, and investment in the region by U.S. universities and corporations. To purchase the book, visit IIE's online bookstore
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IIE is pleased to announce that the print edition of Open Doors 2012: Report on International Educational Exchange is now available for purchase. Open Doors provides a long-standing, comprehensive statistical analysis of academic mobility between the United States and the nations of the world.

Open Doors, published with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, features graphic displays, especially data maps, tables, figures, and to-the-point policy-oriented analysis. The book is available for purchase here

Some key highlights from this year's Open Doors include:
  • The number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities increased by 6 percent to a record high of 764,495 in the 2011/12 academic year.
  • There were increasing numbers of U.S. students studying abroad in many non-traditional destinations. The number of U.S. students increased by 13 percent in Brazil, 5 percent in China, 16 percent in Costa Rica, 12 percent in India, and 16 percent in South Korea.
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U.S. Students in China: Meeting the Goals of the 100,000 Strong Initiative, a new report from IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research with support from the Ford Foundation, presents findings from a pilot study to capture the full breadth of U.S. student participation in education abroad activities in China. 

The study finds that American students are going to China for a wide range of education activities, and based on the number of students pursuing expanded non-credit educational opportunities in China, the U.S. Department of State’s goal of sending 100,000 Americans to study in China by 2014 will likely be met. The report also addresses the challenges and opportunities for sending more Americans to China and the need for a better system of tracking student activity abroad at the institutional level. 

Key findings: There were at least 26,686 Americans participating in a wide range of educational activities in China in 2011, with more than 58 percent participating in programs for academic credit and 42 percent participating in non-credit activities and degree study. While about 76 percent of all U.S. students in China pursuing for-credit and not-for-credit education abroad were undergraduates, the number of students pursuing full degrees in China is on the rise: 2,184 Americans were enrolled in Chinese higher education institutions in 2011, a 23 percent increase over the previous year. 

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