International students bolster the status of IUPUI as a global campus in a global city

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According to InternationalStudent.com, “international students who study international business practices in the U.S. are positioned to enter the global marketplace with strong foundations in both classic business skills and international business skills necessary to flourish in the 21st century.”

In the 2014-2015 school year, the Institute of International Education (IIE) reported that 975,000 international students studied in the U.S. According to IIE.org, “students from around the world who study in the United States…bring international perspectives into U.S. classrooms, helping prepare American undergraduates for global careers, and often leading to longer-term business relationships and economic benefits.”

First, understand that more than 50% of all international students are from China, India, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Increasing our knowledge of these business markets will increase the rate of market penetration that U.S. firms can achieve in the next 10 years.

Secondly, 20% of all international students study business. Thus, nearly 200,000 global business leaders are here as educational ambassadors. The international student broadens his horizons while sharing his language and culture with U.S. students in his “friend community.”

So, I ask the following question: How well is IUPUI capturing the perspectives of our international students on campus and in the classroom? How can we do better?