International college students up for 7th year

More than 1.1 million students are either crossing borders in or out of the United States to pursue college, according to the 2013 Open Doors Report by the Institute of International Education.

Record highs were reported in each direction, with 819,644 students coming to the U.S. for the 2012/13 academic year and 283,000 U.S. students studying abroad.

The number of international students coming into the United States was up 55,000, the seventh year in a row that the number has grown and the third year in a row that the rate of increase has grown. Most of the growth came from China and Saudi Arabia.

International students now make up almost 4 percent of the students at American universities. They contribute about $24 billion to the U.S. economy annually.

Rock your mocs goes viral, global

A Nov. 15 campaign to celebrate indigenous heritages went viral and circled the world as indigenous people from all over the world “rocked their mocs” by wearing traditional moccasins, talking about them and posting pictures of them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Head shot of Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye
Rock Your Mocs champion Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye, from Facebook
Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye of Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico, U.S., set up a Facebook page for the event in 2012 and told the Associated Press that she wanted to get away from the “whole racial thing.”

The first Rock Your Mocs day was in 2011, according to Indian Country Today.

The AP said several people saw the day as a break from the controversy over the mascot name for the Washington Redskins football team.

You can pictures on the Rock Your Mocs Facebook page.

100 Questions About Americans Coming Dec. 1

On Nov. 8, we received proof for our next guide. It was written by American students for international students studying in America. We think it is useful to people of all ages and are excited about the way it is turning out.

We had help from a lot of people including about 50 international students who gave us their questions.

We are working to have guides delivered around Dec. 1.

This guide is funded by an MSU Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant. It has had significant help from the MSU Office of International Students and Scholars.

Michigan 4-H creates global competence curriculum

“4-H Backpack to Adventure: Youth Leaders in a Global World” has been released by Michigan 4-H.

It keys on five qualities that youth leaders need to succeed in our global society. The 4-H describes them as:

  • Knowing about and appreciating their individual identity and culture.
  • Knowing about and appreciating the cultures of other peoples.
  • Values multiple points of view.
  • Works and lives comfortably with people from diverse cultures.
  • Understands how a person’s culture influences his or her leadership style and practices.

The global competence curriculum is available in the 4-H bookstore.

You might also be interested in the 4-H Global and Cultural Education page.