For Immediate Release: October 6, 2011
Contact: Lorri Crowley (202) 482-3809
COMMERCE TRADE OFFICIAL TO LEAD EDUCATION TRADE MISSION TO INDIA
21 U.S. colleges and universities to explore opportunities for growth and partnerships
WASHINGTON – Suresh Kumar, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Promotion and Director General for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, will lead a U.S. Department of Commerce education-focused trade mission to India, October 10-15. The delegation includes representatives from 21 U.S. colleges and universities who will meet with Indian partners and explore opportunities for growth.
“This trade mission builds on President Obama and Prime Minister Singh’s goal to advance the U.S.-India global partnership in education, and signals the strong commitment of both countries to build partnerships that help foster educational and economic cooperation,” Kumar said.
The colleges and universities on the mission represent accredited graduate programs and four-year under-graduate programs from 14 states. The delegation will travel to New Dehli, Chennai, and Mumbai, three of the top cities for recruiting Indian students to the United States. Delegates will participate in student fairs, education sector briefings, and networking events in each city.
The United States is the leading destination for students from India who study abroad. Nearly 105,000 Indian students studied at U.S. colleges and universities during the 2009-2010 academic school year, making them the second largest population of international college students in the United States. Tuition and living expenses from Indian students and their families brought in nearly $3.2 billion to the U.S. economy in 2009.
The following colleges and universities are participating in the mission:
- Arizona University – Tempe, Ariz.
- Ball State University – Muncie, Ind.
- Columbus State University – Columbus, Ga.
- Dickinson State University – Dickinson, N.D.
- Dowling College – Oakdale, N.Y.
- Georgia Southern University – Statesboro, Ga.
- Hofstra University – Hempstead, N.Y.
- LeTourneau University – Longview, Texas
- Life University – Marietta, Ga.
- Long Island University – Brookville, N.Y.
- Montana State University – Bozeman, Mont.
- Savannah College of Art and Design – Savannah, Ga.
- Southern New Hampshire University – Manchester, N.H.
- Stevens Institute of Technology – Hoboken, N.J.
- University of Houston-Clear Lake – Clear Lake, Texas
- University of Illinois at Springfield – Springfield, Ill.
- University of Oregon – Eugene, Ore.
- University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Pa.
- University of Southern California-Viterbi School of Engineering – Los Angeles, Calif.
- University of the Incarnate Word – San Antonio, Texas
- West Virginia University – Morgantown, W.Va.
The trade mission advances President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by 2015 supporting economic and job growth. ITA actively promotes U.S. education as an export throughout its network of domestic and international offices. For more information about this and other trade missions, please visit www.export.gov/trade-missions.
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