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April 12, 2010

Number of Japanese students at American universities drops dramatically

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The number of undergraduates enrolled at U.S. universities has fallen 52% since 2000 and graduate enrollment has fallen 27%. At the same time, enrollment from China is up 164% and from India up 190%. Korea has about 76 million fewer people than Japan, but it sends 2.5 times as many students to U.S. universities.

The Washington Post reports: 'Just one Japanese undergraduate entered Harvard's freshman class last fall. The total number of Japanese at Harvard has been falling for 15 years, while enrollment from China, South Korea and India has more than doubled. Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust said that when she visited Japan last month, she met with students and educators who told her that Japanese young people are inward-looking, preferring the comfort of home to venturing overseas. They also told her they view the economic advantage of attending a U.S. college as questionable.

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