Washington: The enrollment of first-time graduate students from India in the US universities has registered a 27 percent growth this year even as China witnessed a decline in comparison to the last year, a latest report has said.
"The first-time enrollment of students from India increased 27 percent, marking the second year in a row of double-digit growth in first-time enrollments of students from that country," the Council of Graduate Students has said in its report.
According to the report, in 2013 the increase was a whopping 40 percent.
The increase in Indian enrollment offset a one percent dip in first-time enrollments of students from China in 2014, the first decline measured since the survey was initiated in 2004.
The change in Chinese first-time enrollment concerns a relatively large number of students, since Chinese students constitute 33 per cent of the total enrollment of international graduate students in the US, the report said.
According to the report, between 2013 and 2014, the first-time enrollment of international graduate students increased by eight per cent, while total graduate enrollment also increased by eight per cent.
The growth trends may also reflect the fact that US graduate institutions have become more strategic about recruiting international students to their campuses, President of Council for Graduate Students Suzanne Ortega said.
"Given the growing international competition for top students, US institutions have been developing new ways of communicating with prospective students and offering students who matriculate stronger support services after they arrive.
"Universities understand that they can't afford to lose the contributions of these talented students to research and innovation on their campuses," the report said.
According to the report, the first-time enrollment of students from Brazil increased 91 percent in 2014, following a 17 percent increase in 2013 and a 14 percent increase in 2012. These increases concern a relatively small number of students, the report has said.
However, the enrollment of students from South Korea and Taiwan declined seven percent and eight percent respectively in 2014.