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Study New York: Achieving Global Reach for NYS Higher Education
Rensselaer is among several colleges universities, state and federal government, and educational institutions leading the effort to promote New York state as a study destination of choice for international students. Through the formation of Study New York, Inc. — a non-profit consortium of colleges, universities, and other accredited educational institutions in New York state — members will focus on increasing the visibility and global competitiveness of New York state and its institutions of higher education.

On Oct. 23, the consortium held a founders meeting on the Rensselaer campus. Key members involved in developing the consortium include: New York State Executive Chamber, New York State Department of Economic Development, U.S. Department of Commerce, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, State University of New York System Administration, and the City University of New York, among others.

“The mission of the Study New York consortium echoes a sentiment that Rensselaer shares with your institutions — to position New York state as the destination of choice for students from around the world. Colleges and universities are a key driver of economic growth and opportunity in many communities within New York state,” said Robert Palazzo.

Rensselaer Provost Robert Palazzo delivered the keynote address. In remarks to the audience, he stated that the “mission of the Study New York consortium echoes a sentiment that Rensselaer shares with your institutions — to position New York state as the destination of choice for students from around the world. Colleges and universities are a key driver of economic growth and opportunity in many communities within New York state. More than 160 institutions, public and private, from every region of New York benefit from international student enrollment.”

The potential positive economic impact of Study New York is evident based on projections from current statistics. During the 2007-2008 academic year, New York welcomed nearly 70,000 international students, whom with their dependents contributed nearly $2 billion to the state’s economy, according to the Institute for International Education. Importantly, that figure includes only tuition and living expenses, and does not account for the impact of student’s families visiting, travel and tourism, or the impact of international students who elect to remain in the country for employment after graduation.

Palazzo also noted that more than 65 countries are represented in Rensselaer’s student body. “Most importantly, international students choose to study at Rensselaer and across New York state because of the region’s expert faculty, the rigor and reputation of academic programs, state-of-the-art facilities, and the extraordinary caliber of current students. Most of our institutions are only a short distance away from major urban centers like New York City, Boston, Montreal, and Toronto, adding further incentive for international students to ‘study New York.’ The reasons for international students to be drawn to New York state are numerous, and Study New York will underscore these highlights for our mutual recruitment success.”

“With the founding of Study New York, our state joins many other states including California, Oregon, New Jersey, and Washington, which have formed statewide consortia focused on international student recruitment,” said Raymond Lutzky ’02, director of outreach and associate director of enrollment, who serves as the acting chair of the consortium. “As a hub of academic, cultural, and economic development in the United States, it is fitting that New York state has taken its own leadership position as a center of international student education.”

According to the consortium, recent studies in international education have shown that while the United States still attracts the highest number of international students globally, the gap between the United States and competitor nations is narrowing. Countries including Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada have achieved high levels of success with international student recruitment efforts, and an increasing number of U.S. states have created consortia to assist with their own recruitment activities.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 12, November 6, 2009
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