Jenna Ross, The World Comes to Class in Minnesota, StarTribune, Nov. 15, 2009, available at http://www.startribune.com/local/70159322.html?elr=KArks:DCiUHc3E7_V_nDaycUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU.
Never before have college campuses in the United States and in Minnesota been so international, a report released today shows.
The number of international students studying here jumped 8 percent nationally and 9.7 percent in the state last year, according to the annual Open Doors Report on International Education. The number of students studying abroad during that time increased, too.
The growth follows an upward trend since 2001, when concerns about terrorism and tighter access reversed what had been increasing global exchange. At the University of Minnesota, international students made up 10.1 percent of total enrollment last year, compared to 7.4 percent the year before.
“We believe we should be an international university,” said U President Robert Bruininks. “We have global companies located here. We prepared people who go into these global companies. We want them to be well-educated with respect to international issues.”