LUSAKA – The U.S. Embassy, through the EducationUSA program, proudly celebrated International Education Week on November 16-20, 2020. International Education Week highlights the benefits of study abroad programs at undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate levels for international students who pursue college studies outside of their home country.
During International Education Week, the Institute of International Education released its annual Open Doors report for 2020 that highlights the numbers of global international students studying in the United States. The Open Doors report revealed a strong increase in Zambian students enrolled in U.S. universities by more than four percent from the 2018-19 to 2019-20 academic year. Additionally, enrollment of Zambian students in graduate programs for Master’s and Ph.D. degrees increased by more than 12 percent in 2020. Overall, Zambian enrollment in the United States has reached 464 students, making it one of the top destinations for Zambians to pursue higher education.
As part of EducationUSA Zambia’s continued mission to increase the number of Zambian students with the opportunity to study in the United States, more than 250 Zambians registered and participated in the first Africa Virtual Fair College Fair. The two-day university fair featured interactive workshops to help African students learn how to research U.S. universities, locate scholarship opportunities, and submit winning applications to competitive universities. More than 150 accredited U.S. universities met with prospective Zambian students, demonstrating the strong interest in recruiting students from the African continent, which continues to be the fastest growing region for international enrollment in the United States.
In celebrating International Education Week and the release of the Open Doors report, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. David Young said, “The United States remains the top global destination for international students, attracting students from almost every country across the globe. It is exciting to observe the recent increase in Zambian students pursuing university study in the United States, and we look forward to expanding this opportunity to more Zambians in the future. We are proud to see Zambians return home to leverage their new knowledge and help their communities and country.”