University of Pittsburgh
November 11, 2004

Nov. 17 Pitt Forum to Address the Changing Picture of International Student Enrollment

Forum recognizes International Education Week 2004, Nov. 15-19
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—Yesterday, Open Doors 2004, the annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education with support from the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, pointed to a new challenge facing the United States. Following five years of steady growth, the number of international students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education declined 2.4 percent in 2003-04, the report stated, the first significant decline in foreign enrollments since 1971-72. This changing picture of international student enrollment could have a tremendous impact on colleges and universities as well as the U.S. economy. The University of Pittsburgh will address the economic impact and other issues pertaining to America's "reverse brain drain" in a free public forum at 5 p.m. Nov. 17 in 2500 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St., Oakland.

Presenters Alan Lesgold, dean of Pitt's School of Education, and Stewart Sutin, president of the Community College of Allegheny County and former senior vice president and international department head for Mellon Financial Corporation, will explore the impact of the following on international graduate student enrollment: expanded opportunities for research and commerce in such countries as Australia and Canada as well as throughout Europe, potential roadblocks created by new U.S. immigration policies, and perceptions abroad that the United States is unwelcoming of internationals. Wolfgang Schlör, associate director of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at Pitt, will moderate the discussion.

The event, held in recognition of International Education Week 2004—Nov. 15-19, is sponsored by Pitt's Office of International Services and UCIS. For more information, call 412-624-7120.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for the global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.