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Ohio hosted the eighth highest number of international students in 2014, but now the state is striving to increase that number for its colleges and universities.
Cleveland.com reports that a new initiative called G.R.E.A.T. (Global Reach to Engage Academic Talent) is aiming to bring more international students to the state and “encourage them to stay after graduating and enhance global opportunities for other students.”
G.R.E.A.T. hopes to increase the percentage of international students in Ohio to 6 percent from 4.1 percent. To do so, the chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education has designated a liaison who is collaborating with the state's colleges and universities, relevant agencies, and community representatives, according to the initiative’s website.
“Many institutions of higher education within Ohio have exemplary international programs, which invite students from abroad to study here while sending Ohio students to expand their education across the world,” said Chancellor John Carey of the state’s Department of Higher Education. “Our goal is to expand Ohio’s international visibility in higher education, and leverage economic and workforce development potential.”
According to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report data, these were the schools in Ohio with the most international students in 2014:
- Ohio State University (6,800)
- University of Cincinnati (3,407)
- Kent State University (2,644)
- University of Dayton (2,046)
- Ohio University (2,002)