ENVER, Colorado, United States: Governor John Hickenlooper earlier this month signed a directive to attract more international students, including from India, to Colorado colleges and universities by creating StudyColorado, a partnership between the state, institutions of higher education and the business community.
“International students further economic and cultural ties between Colorado and other countries,” Hickenlooper stated in a press release. “They diversify our campuses and help our students learn to compete in a global environment. StudyColorado will promote Colorado and its diverse and high-quality study opportunities to students around the world.”
StudyColorado is housed at the Department of Higher Education and includes public and private colleges and universities from throughout the state as members. In the academic year 2010-11, more than 7,000 international students from more than 100 countries were studying in Colorado.
In supporting the international recruitment goals of the member institutions, StudyColorado will seek to increase the number of students and to diversify the countries of origin of students, most of whom currently come from China, Saudi Arabia, India, South Korea and Taiwan.
International students in Colorado now contribute over $200 million annually to Colorado’s economy, according to an analysis done annually by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
StudyColorado is working closely with the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade and with the business community, which played an active role in advising on the strategy and supporting the launch of the program.