Does America need a slogan to attract foreign college students?

I just read an article in the Chronicle for Higher Education about our popularity amoung students from other countries:

The article listed Great Britain and Australia along with the US as some of the most popular destinations.

I would imagine that the effects of attracting large numbers of foreign college students are too numerous to count.  In addition to the economic stimulation that foreign students bring to this country, they also introduce new perspectives and ideas to the disciplines to which they belong.

Given that foreign college students are such a great thing to have, should we double our efforts to attract them to America?  And if so, how can we specifically compete with Great Britain and Australia, who are, purportedly, our biggest competitors?

One third of foreign college students come from India and China.  I am picturing commercials airing in China where the camera pans across the Grand Canyon and Niagra Falls and a voiceover says (in Chinese), “The knowledge waiting for you in America would fill up this canyon and spill over like this waterfall…..”

  2 comments for “Does America need a slogan to attract foreign college students?

  1. October 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I think so long as our higher education programs remain among the best in the world, we’ll be fine. Television commercials won’t trump reputation. I’m more worried about ultra-nationalist nutjobs in our government screwing things up by making life difficult for foreigners…

  2. christink
    October 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Those 3 are the most popular once because they are large (or larger) countries that speak English. I am an international student too, but I am not sure that it is wise to increase our numbers. I think we should do more to increase the numbers of qualified American students. We need to do our best to prepare the underpriviladge American high school student for college, make college more affordable and prepare more American Undergrads for Grad school. The US is recruiting many international students to fill gaps that are left by low numbers of qualified American Students. Chinese and Indians usually have the reputation of being extremely hard working, with great family values (I am neither saying that it is true or not true), but we need to find ways to include Americans in those descriptions as well. In order for a country to get ahead we need to keep our highly qualified workers here (and don’t lose because of salary or tax reasons) and make sure our own population is well educated and qualified for higher tier positions – to combat poverty.

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