The American Kafir

2011/11/22

Because the State Department wants to make sure…

Very interesting posting at Internet Haganah concerning stats of Iranian Students studying in the United States. Walt

Source Link: Internet Haganah
The Open Doors program is funded by the US Department of State:

Open Doors, supported by a grant from the Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, provides a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.Every year, U.S. embassies, the Departments of State, Commerce, and Education, and U.S. colleges and universities use Open Doors data to inform policy decisions about educational exchanges, trade in educational services and study abroad activity.

To mark the start of International Education Week, the Institute of International Education released Open Doors 2010 data on November 15, 2010. The report contains statistics and trends regarding international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities during the 2009 through 2010 academic year and U.S. students who studied abroad for academic credit at their home institutions in the 2008 through 2009 academic year, including summer of 2009.

Of particular note is that Iran is among the top 25 countries to send students, with 5,626 enrolled in US academic institutions[1]. 83% of those students are in graduate level programs meaning, among other things, that they have likely also completed their compulsory military service. Perhaps more importantly, it seems reasonable to presume that all have been carefully screened by the IRI prior to being allowed to sally forth to the Great Satan. And it is also reasonable to suspect that some have even been tasked with gaining entry into the United States.

Now, I’d happily caveat all this by noting I’m in the suspicion business, but as I looked more closely at the data… Let’s just say that nothing gets attention like something that isn’t there.

They’ll allow that there are Iranian students in the USA, and that Iran ranks 22 among countries with students here.


Archive of data

Open Doors Data

International Students: Leading Places of Origin

2009/10 – 2010/11

TOP 25 PLACES OF ORIGIN OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, 2009/10 – 2010/11
Rank Place of Origin 2009/10 2010/11 2010/11 % of Total % Change
WORLD TOTAL 690,923 723,277 100.0 4.7
1 China 127,822 157,558 21.8 23.3
2 India 104,897 103,895 14.4 -1.0
3 South Korea 72,153 73,351 10.1 1.7
4 Canada 28,145 27,546 3.8 -2.1
5 Taiwan 26,685 24,818 3.4 -7.0
6 Saudi Arabia 15,810 22,704 3.1 43.6
7 Japan 24,842 21,290 2.9 -14.3
8 Vietnam 13,112 14,888 2.1 13.5
9 Mexico 13,256 13,713 1.9 2.0
10 Turkey 12,397 12,184 1.7 -1.7
11 Nepal 11,233 10,301 1.4 -8.3
12 Germany 9,548 9,458 1.3 -0.9
13 United Kingdom 8,861 8,947 1.2 1.0
14 Brazil 8,786 8,777 1.2 -0.1
15 Thailand 8,531 8,236 1.1 -3.5
16 Hong Kong 8,034 8,136 1.1 1.3
17 France 7,716 8,098 1.1 5.0
18 Nigeria 6,568 7,148 1.0 8.8
19 Indonesia 6,943 6,942 1.0 0.0
20 Malaysia 6,190 6,735 0.9 8.8
21 Colombia 6,920 6,456 0.9 -6.7
22 Iran 4,731 5,626 0.8 18.9
23 Venezuela 4,958 5,491 0.8 10.8
24 Pakistan 5,222 5,045 0.7 -3.4
25 Kenya 5,384 4,666 0.6 -13.3

Suggested citation: Institute of International Education. (2011). “Top 25 Places of Origin of International Students, 2009/10-2010/11.” Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors

But when you look to see what those folks are studying?

Open Doors Data

International Students: Fields of Study by Place of Origin

2010/11

FIELDS OF STUDY FOR THE TOP 25 PLACES OF ORIGIN, 2010/11
PERCENT OF TOTAL
Rank Place of Origin Business/ Management Education Engineering Fine/ Applied Arts Health Professions Humanities Intensive English Math/ Computer Science Physical/ Life Sciences Social Sciences Undeclared Other TOTAL
1 China 27.5 2.1 19.2 3.4 2.0 1.2 4.3 10.6 11.5 7.0 2.3 8.9 100.0
2 India 15.2 1.0 36.9 1.3 4.9 0.6 0.7 19.8 11.4 3.0 0.5 4.7 100.0
3 South Korea 17.0 3.7 10.8 12.2 5.4 4.6 5.2 5.0 8.0 10.1 3.3 14.7 100.0
4 Canada 15.3 9.1 7.7 7.8 16.1 4.8 0.2 2.4 8.0 12.0 2.5 14.1 100.0
5 Taiwan 23.4 4.9 14.7 11.5 3.7 2.1 4.8 6.0 10.0 7.0 1.6 10.3 100.0
6 Saudi Arabia 18.4 2.0 21.8 1.1 5.3 1.3 29.1 8.1 3.4 2.3 1.7 5.5 100.0
7 Japan 19.8 3.4 4.4 8.6 3.9 5.4 10.8 2.9 5.7 13.7 4.7 16.7 100.0
8 Vietnam 41.3 1.7 10.7 2.6 5.2 2.4 4.2 8.5 7.1 4.6 2.9 8.8 100.0
9 Mexico 21.7 3.7 14.7 7.5 2.9 4.9 3.4 4.8 8.2 10.0 2.7 15.5 100.0
10 Turkey 17.3 3.7 22.9 4.0 1.2 3.1 5.1 9.6 8.1 12.5 2.6 9.9 100.0
11 Nepal 23.5 1.1 16.9 1.2 8.1 1.2 0.2 12.1 18.5 5.6 1.1 10.5 100.0
12 Germany 26.7 2.1 7.6 4.4 3.0 7.3 0.9 3.6 7.6 12.3 5.7 18.8 100.0
13 United Kingdom 19.9 4.3 4.7 6.4 4.5 6.2 0.4 3.1 8.0 17.8 6.5 18.2 100.0
14 Brazil 26.1 2.9 7.9 7.9 5.5 4.7 3.9 3.0 6.2 10.1 3.0 18.8 100.0
15 Thailand 24.2 2.7 17.6 6.6 4.5 1.7 4.9 8.0 7.4 6.2 2.1 14.1 100.0
16 Hong Kong 31.2 1.4 6.7 8.4 2.5 3.5 1.6 5.6 7.5 13.6 2.5 15.5 100.0
17 France 30.7 1.1 9.4 4.9 1.9 7.8 1.7 2.9 6.4 8.6 5.5 19.1 100.0
18 Nigeria 18.6 1.5 24.7 1.9 13.9 3.2 0.2 6.9 11.9 6.8 1.4 9.0 100.0
19 Indonesia 30.2 2.8 18.0 8.1 4.0 2.8 0.8 5.5 6.1 7.4 1.5 12.8 100.0
20 Malaysia 19.8 2.1 29.1 3.4 3.9 2.1 0.2 7.6 11.2 7.7 3.8 9.1 100.0
21 Colombia 20.1 3.5 16.3 6.0 3.0 5.2 7.6 4.0 10.0 10.1 1.5 12.7 100.0
23 Venezuela 26.6 2.7 15.7 5.5 3.5 2.2 11.9 3.6 5.6 6.7 2.0 14.0 100.0
24 Pakistan 21.5 2.8 24.7 2.1 5.0 2.1 0.6 9.7 7.3 11.6 2.9 9.7 100.0
25 Kenya 17.1 4.5 10.0 1.7 19.6 3.8 0.4 4.6 13.3 9.3 2.1 13.6 100.0
26 Russia 28.0 3.2 5.4 7.6 3.4 7.0 3.0 5.4 11.8 11.5 2.5 11.2 100.0

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Suggested citation: Institute of International Education. (2011). “Fields of Study for the Top 25 Places of Origin, 2010/11.” Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors

Not only does this raise the question of why someone doesn’t want us to know what Iranian students are studying (physics? engineering? metallurgy? other weapons related subjects?), but also leaves us to wonder what else might have been done to the data.

[1] To put this in perspective, the number one country is the People’s Republic of China, with 157,558 students in the USA (and the number one major for Chinese students is Business Management at 27.5%).

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