Growth in Chinese Students' Population at the Indiana University


Published Date : Aug 31, 2015

Chinese students account to nearly 36% of international students at the Bloomington campus. At Indiana University, the number of international students from China outnumber the international students from any other country. According to the data, in 2014, around 3,100 students from China registered at the Bloomington campus. China accounted to 36% of the 8,684 international students, who were registered at the Bloomington campus. South Korea was ranked second with 814 students on the campus. Around 713 out of the total international students on campus were from India, 174 from Taiwan and 109 from Canada. 

According to the analysis on international students done by the Herald-Times for 20 years, South Korea accounted to be the largest group from 1995 to 2009. After the election of Michael McRobbie as the IU’s president in 2007, there has been a growth in Chinese student population. Though McRobbie emphasized on expanding the IU’s international relations, there has been a growth in Chinese student population. As per John Wilkerson, the director of international admissions of the university, the growth in Chinese student population has direct connectivity with the economy. Chinese students, at the same time, became the leading group of international students at IU and nationwide. 

A report was recently released by the Institute of International Education, along with the State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, stating that high number of foreign exchange students in the U.S. universities and colleges were from China. This boosted the China’s education sector. Considering the growing number of Chinese student’s population, Asian American Today launched a newspaper in Chinese language called as Blooming Times. According to Mu Yu, the editor in chief and president, the Blooming Times newspaper will be published every year from August to May. To add to the changing trends, Jacqui Bauer, the sustainability coordinator said that, many brochures for specific programs will be printed in Chinese language.