The number of Bangladeshi students enrolled in the universities of the United States has smashed all previous records with more than 10,500 going to the North American country to pursue higher education in the 2021-22 academic year.
The number marks a 23.3 percent jump on the figure from the previous year, according to a statement from the US embassy in Dhaka on Tuesday.
A total of 10,597 students enrolled in educational institutions of the US at that time while the number was 8,598 the academic year 2020-21.
During 2021-2022, Bangladesh moved one notch up to the 13th place on the list of countries sending international students to the United States, according to the 2022 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.
Over the past decade, the number of Bangladeshi students in the United States has more than tripled, increasing from 3,314 enrolled in the 2011-2012, the US embassy said.
The number of Bangladeshi students choosing higher education in the US maintained a positive trend in the past decade, except in the 2020-21 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The figure went down at that time by 2.7 percent from 8,838 in 2019-20, according to the report.
Shortly after independence, Bangladesh sent 480 students to the United States in the 1974-1975 academic year, the embassy said.“From engaging in groundbreaking research to enriching campus life through cultural programs, Bangladeshi students continue to leave their mark across the United States,” said Peter Haas, US ambassador in Dhaka.
The number of international students in the US universities increased with 948,519 students choosing the country for higher education in 2021-22 against 914,095 in the previous year, according to the 2022 Open Doors Report.
China stood first in the list of top countries by sending 290,086 students to US institutions followed by India at 199,182.The two most populous countries in the world comprised 52 percent of international students enrolled in US institutions in the academic year.
Nepal ranked 12th ahead of Bangladesh with 11,779 students sent to the US in 2021-22.The US Embassy is celebrating International Education Week 2022 from Nov 14 to Nov 18.
They are offering several remote and in-person information sessions for Bangladeshi students and scholars about the US higher education application process, different types of academic programs, and funding or scholarship opportunities.
EducationUSA advising centres in Bangladesh will hold special sessions on different topics, such as the unique benefits of a US liberal arts education.
Their representatives will also conduct in-person visits to local high schools and universities to meet with prospective students.
Session speakers will include US Embassy officials, US college or university alumni, and US admissions officials, who will discuss the application preparation process, scholarships, financial assistance, and US government-sponsored academic and professional exchange programmes, the embassy said.
The US Embassy website has a list of trained advisers from the American Spaces, who hold virtual and in-person information sessions and provide one-on-one and group advising services for students and parents, free of charge.
Every year, the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education jointly release the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.