General News of Monday, 19 November 2018
The 2018 Open Doors report on international education has revealed that the United States hosted 1.09 million international students during the 2017/2018 academic year.
This marks a 1.5 per cent increase over the prior year.
The number of sub-Saharan African students hit a record high at 39,479, marking a 4.6 per cent increase over the prior year.
There are currently 3,213 Ghanaian students enrolled at more than 630 tertiary institutions spread across the United States, a 3 per cent increase from 2017.
Ghana is the third largest sender of students from Africa, after only Nigeria (12,693 students) and Kenya (3,322 students).
Undergraduates make up 38 per cent of those at US universities and colleges.
Meanwhile, graduate students make up 45 per cent. Of those, 42 per cent are enrolled in doctoral programmes.
The five most popular US states for Ghanaian students are Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Texas.
The two most popular institutions are Ohio University in Athens, Ohio which has 71 Ghanaian students (66 graduate and 5 undergraduate students), and Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan which has 65 undergraduate students from Ghana alone.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s strong universities attract over 25,000 students from other African countries.
In addition, 1,865 American students engaged in a credit-bearing programme in Ghana in the 2016/2017 academic year, a 19.2 per cent increase over the previous year.
This makes Ghana the second most popular destination for American exchange students, after only South Africa.