According to the Institute of International Education the number of international students in the US has grown by an impressive 8% to reach an all-time high of 886,052 in 2013. Big gains were seen in enrolments from China and Saudi Arabia while an increase in Indian numbers has reversed a three-year decline.
An analysis by The Brookings Institution of the economies of 118 metro areas in the USA has revealed that foreign students are vital players in connecting cities with economies around the world and contributed US$21.8bn in tuition and US$12.8bn in living costs from 2008-2012.
The number of diploma seeking foreign secondary students in the US has more than tripled in the last decade and a report commissioned by the Institute of International Education shows more students have clear ambitions to be more competitive in higher education application pools.
Just two months after its initial launch, the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad campaign has doubled the number of commitment partners dedicated to increasing the number of US students studying abroad to 600,000 by the end of the decade.
Findings from research conducted by the British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service show that transnational education (TNE) is often an affordable alternative to traditional student mobility and is seen to better prepare students for the job market than local providers.
Last week representatives from Burmese universities and the US and Burmese governments met in Yangon for a training workshop in international engagement. Organised by the Institute of International Education the event is one of many international partnerships in higher education that Burma - officially the Republic of Myanmar - is seeking to provide key funding and training opportunities.
The Institute of International Education has launched a US$2 million five-year initiative to double the number of US college students studying abroad, emphasising that an international experience is a "career-enhancing necessity of a college degree".