Zimbos studying in the US increase

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THE number of Zimbabwean students enrolled in United States (US) higher learning institutions increased by 2,5 percent to 1 377 for the 2019-20 academic year, the 2020 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange has revealed.

The report said Zimbabwe remains the sixth leading country of origin for students in the US from sub-Saharan Africa. 

“The increasing number of Zimbabwean students choosing the US signals the strong bond between our two peoples. These students enrol in US universities and colleges to gain professional skills that will serve them well in Zimbabwe.

“International education allows young people to acquire the cultural competency and critical thinking tools sought by employers around the world.

“The US government continues to support Zimbabweans who take part in various exchange and education programmes, demonstrating our commitment to empowering young Zimbabweans,” US ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols said.

In a statement, Education US Zimbabwe said those who are studying are primarily at the under-graduate level, with 52 percent enrolled at that level in 2019-20 and 27,5 percent at the graduate level while 19 percent pursuing optional practical training.

“The release of the new open doors data marks the beginning of the 2020 International Education Week, a joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from other countries to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. 

“The data shows that for the fifth consecutive year the United States hosted more than one million international students (1 075 496) during the 2019/2020 academic year.

“More than half (52 percent) of all international students pursued majors in the STEM fields — that is, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

“In particular, engineering remains the most popular major for international students, with one in every five pursuing studies in this field. 

‘‘The fields of maths, computer science, and physical science continued to increase (+1 percent each).”

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