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Vietnamese students make fifth largest group of foreign students in US

Vietnamese students make fifth largest group of foreign students in US

Sunday, November 20, 2022, 09:40 GMT+7
Vietnamese students make fifth largest group of foreign students in US
A Vietnamese student (L) listens to a representative from an American university at EducationUSA Fall Fair 2022 in Ho Chi Minh City, October 6, 2022. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese students constitute the fifth largest group of foreign students in the U.S. for the academic year of 2021/2022, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi cited the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) annual Open Doors report.

Despite a 4.2 percent decrease in the number of students from 21,631 in 2020-21 to 20,713 in 2021-22, the position was up from sixth last year.

When assessed on a basis of overall economy size and measured through GDP output, the data indicates that Vietnam now sends more students to the U.S. than any other country, the U.S. Embassy said in a press release on Friday.

Vietnamese students also continue to demonstrate a strong footing in strategically important subjects across U.S. institutions such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and business/management studies. 

The percentage of Vietnamese students pursuing STEM and business/management majors are 47.1 percent and 25.6 percent respectively.

A screenshot from 2022 Open Doors reports shows the numbers of Vietnamese students studying in the U.S. over the years.

A screenshot from the 2022 Open Doors report shows the number of Vietnamese students studying in the U.S. over the years.

“As the United States approaches the tenth Anniversary of the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership, the Open Doors data is demonstrable proof that education remains a cornerstone of the bilateral relationship, while the nature of our current educational cooperation is already strategic,” Genevieve Judson-Jourdain, U.S. Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer, was quoted as saying in the press release on Friday.

According to the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Mission to Vietnam is committed to deepening the two countries’ education cooperation through enhanced linkages and dual programs between American and Vietnamese institutions, facilitating joint research, and increasing opportunities for Vietnamese and American students, faculty, administrators, and staff to have meaningful exchanges.

Over 948,000 international students from more than 200 places of origin studied at U.S. higher education institutions during the 2021-22 academic year, a four-percent rise compared to the previous academic year, the 2022 Open Doors report showed.

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Dong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre News

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