The latest Student and Exchange Visitor Information System or SEVIS update – which contains basic information on the more than 1.2 million international students studying in the United States at all levels – is out, and many of the results, while not encouraging, are not surprising. Among the top 10 places of origin, seven recorded decreases, ranging from -2.2% (China) to -11.5% (Mexico). Other countries with declining student populations in the US from autumn 2016 to this spring were South Korea (-2.68%), Saudi Arabia (-7.3%), Canada (-3.35%), Japan (-8.1%) and Taiwan (-3.5%). The downward trend is a harbinger of a significant shift away from the US that is currently occurring in many countries to the benefit of friendly competitor nations like Australia and Canada. Since these figures are for the spring semester and are based on applications submitted before or shortly after the US presidential election, the real proof in the statistical pudding will be in the … [Read more...] about Can Vietnam buck the Trump effect on recruitment?