American universities and colleges have witnessed the highest increase in the number of Indian students in the last six decades, a study has found.
Even though the Chinese continue to make up the largest chunk of foreign students in the US, in the academic year 2014-15, the number of Indian students grew by 29.4 per cent to a record high of 132,888.
In 2014-15, the US had a total of 974,926 international students. According to the Open Doors report, a database of foreign students studying and teaching in the US, India and China together account for 45 per cent of the total international student community in America.
Greater economic stability in the US contributed to the increase in the number of Indian students going to the country in search of quality education and better job prospects, Matthew K Asada, first secretary at the US Embassy in New Delhi, said while releasing the data.