UCR Extension Opens Office in India

New partnership helps to expand international activities of Extension's International Education Programs

Guilherme Almeida, Elissar Kurban, Nisha Pandir, Bronwyn Jenkins-Deas and Deepak Luthra.

RIVERSIDE, Calif., (www.ucr.edu)  – UCR Extension announced yesterday the opening of the UCR Professional Studies office in Chandigarh, India. India is the second largest country source of international students in the United States. The new office will play a major role in expanding the international activities of Extension’s highly successful International Education Programs division.

Deepak Luthra is leading International Student Recruitment in India. He will identify potential institutional partners, train recruitment partners across South Asia, engage students and support them through the application process for Extension’s non-degree and professional programs. He has over 14 years’ experience in supporting foreign universities in activities related to the Indian market.

According to the Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education, students from India account for 13.6 percent of all international students in the United States, the second largest group after the Chinese students. “While China remains the top country of origin of international students in the U.S., increasing by 11 percent to 304,040, India’s growth outpaced China’s this year, with students from India increasing by 29.4 percent to a record high of 132,888.”

Bronwyn Jenkins-Deas, associate dean and director of International Education Programs, said that the goal of this new initiative is two-fold: “It will play a critical role in attracting Indian students and professionals to a newly developed portfolio of professional training programs, and it is also part of a strategic plan to support Extension’s leading position in the extremely and increasingly competitive international student market,” Jenkins-Deas said.

With over 5,100 annual enrollments from more than 40 countries, UCR Extension has one of the largest international programs in the United States. UCR Extension is a self-supporting unit within UC Riverside, and the revenues generated by its international programs provide significant funding for the development of programs for the local community. Jenkins-Deas said the economic impact of their exchange students exceeds $60 million dollars per year.

The UCR Extension India Office will begin recruiting students in September with students arriving for Winter Quarter 2017.

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