Thursday February 4, 2010

Center of International Attention

A major Indian newspaper recognized the University's ability to attract increased numbers of applications from international students.

An Education Times story about how U.S. universities continue to be very popular choices for Indian students and how Indian students can be successful in the application process featured University of Dayton Vice President for Enrollment Management Sundar Kumarasamy.

"A rising number of Indian students are interested in pursuing their studies in the U.S. and our university too continues to recieve an increased number of applications," Kumarasamy told Education Times, a weekly supplement of the Times of India newspaper which has a circulation of more than 47 million and targets the Indian student community.

A record number of international students enrolled at the University of Dayton last fall. International student enrollment increased 36 percent from a year ago to 604 students and has doubled in the last two years. Most of the University of Dayton’s international students come from China, India and Saudi Arabia, in that order.

That percentage outdistances the national pace. The Institute of International Education announced international student enrollment has increased 8 percent nationally.

"The administration, staff, faculty and students recognize the importance and value of internationalization in higher education. Our University mission calls us to a deep commitment to the development of a rich multicultural environment," said Amy Anderson, director of the University's Center for International Programs. "The University of Dayton is a Catholic, Marianist university and we continue to extend our community to encompass a multicultural and diverse community."

The University has partnerships with 32 institutions in 16 countries.

For two straight years, the University of Dayton ranks first in international student satisfaction, according to an International Student Barometer survey, the largest study of international students in the world. The University ranks as the fifth-best university for Chinese students studying abroad, according to Aoji Study Abroad, a student-recruiting agency.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391 or srobinson@udayton.edu.