The latest data released from the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, shows that China and India are the most popular source countries for international students coming to Germany, accounting for around 13% and 7% of the international pool, respectively. With that, Germany has defeated France. According to 2019 UNESCO data, China sits firmly in third place.
“International students are very interested in studying in Germany despite the corona pandemic; the expectation is that the coming years will see a recovery in numbers that are declining and increasing over previous levels, ”read the DAAD presser. “The corona pandemic has changed the mobility pattern of international students globally. This is a good starting point from which we in the future can convince even more talented young people of our benefits education systems and thus connecting them to our country, ”said DAAD president Joybrato Mukherjee.
The most significant country of origin for international students coming to Germany in 2019 is China, with around 40,000 students, followed by India (20,600), Syria (13,000), Austria (11,500) and Russia (10,500). Interestingly, the number of students from Germany’s third largest source country, Syria, has surged by 275% in the last three years. 13,000 Syrians studying in Germany in 2019 accounted for 4% of international students; most of them are refugees.
In 2001, 2.1 million students from all over the world left home to pursue higher education; the number in 2019 is around 5.3 million. While Canada and China have topped this period, the US grip has loosened, Britain finds it difficult to add to large numbers and smaller Asian nations such as Singapore have lined up for space.
Talking about the rise of the Asian region, Rajika Bhandari, Raisa Belyavina and Robert Gutierrez in their work ‘Student Mobility and the Internationalization of Higher education‘has noted, “While this has resulted in a somewhat smaller market share for the top host countries, it is a positive development as it has brought more countries into the field of international education and has changed the relationship between sending and receiving countries. from a unidirectional ‘brain drain’ type of mobility to one of dynamic reciprocity. ”
The trio feel the journey from a nation that sees scholars leaving the coast for greener academic pastures becomes a magnet for students from all over the world is a long journey, full of challenges. They said: “They (emerging Asian countries) are likely to face a dilemma about how to increase the capacity of their higher education systems to provide adequate opportunities for their growing college-age population while also accommodating incoming and international students. engage in the kind of international educational exchange that is necessary in today’s globally competitive world. ”