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Zimbabwe students flock to the US

by Staff reporter
13 Nov 2023 at 05:49hrs | Views
A recent report has disclosed a significant trend as Zimbabwean students are increasingly opting to pursue higher education at United States tertiary institutions. According to the Institute of International Education's Open Doors report, approximately 1,800 students from Zimbabwe enrolled for the academic year 2022/23. The report highlights a substantial 18.7% increase in the number of Zimbabwean students at U.S. colleges and universities compared to the previous academic year, making it one of the most notable surges among sub-Saharan African nations.

Providing further insights, the U.S. embassy released a statement acknowledging that Zimbabwe is the second-leading country in sub-Saharan Africa, per capita, and ranks sixth in the overall number of students studying in the United States. Notably, the number of Zimbabwean undergraduate students witnessed a remarkable 24.4% increase.

Breaking down the statistics, the statement revealed that 51.4% of Zimbabwean students in the U.S. are pursuing undergraduate degrees, 29.4% are engaged in graduate studies, 17% are participating in optional practical training, and the remaining students are enrolled in non-degree programs.

Despite strong historical ties with South Africa and the United Kingdom, the United States has become a prominent destination for Zimbabweans seeking education abroad. The U.S. embassy emphasized the growing interest in American educational institutions, highlighting the enduring connections between the people of Zimbabwe and the United States.

In addition, the statement underlined the U.S. embassy's commitment to fostering exchange programs, facilitating academic and professional exchanges for Zimbabweans, and prioritizing visa appointments for students and exchange visitors. Over the past decade, more than 500 Zimbabweans have participated in the U.S. Fulbright Program, a fully funded academic exchange, showcasing the commitment to strengthening university partnerships between the United States and Zimbabwe.

Source - newsday
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