BELLEVUE, Wash. – Lee Gorsuch, president of City University of Seattle is taking part in a delegation of U.S. higher education leaders to India led by Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE), and Under Secretary of Education Dr. Martha Kanter to promote U.S. higher education and to enhance and expand linkages with institutions in India. The weeklong visit takes place from February 28 to March 6.

In addition to Gorsuch, presidents and senior officials from the following colleges and universities will participate in the delegation: Bryn Mawr College, Case Western Reserve University, Chatham University, Lehigh University, Louisiana Community and Technical College, Miami Dade College, Michigan State University, New York Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rollins College, University of Kentucky, and Washburn University.

Since 2001/2002, India has been the leading place of origin of international students in the United States, representing slightly more than 15 percent of the total international student population in the United States, according to IIE’s annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, which is supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. In 2008/2009, there were more than 103,000 international students from India studying in the United States, an increase of nine-percent from the previous year.

The number of students from the United States studying abroad in India has also increased rapidly in recent years, although from a much smaller base. In the 2007/2008 academic year, more than 3,000 students from U.S. colleges and universities received credit for study abroad in India, an increase of almost 20 percent over the previous year.

While CityU of Seattle doesn’t currently offer programs in India, a number of Indian students come to the U.S. to study at the university. CityU President Lee Gorsuch comments, “India is home to 15 percent of the world’s population. Its economy is developing at an impressive rate, increasing the demand for educated workers. The Indian government has expressed an interest in inviting U.S. and other foreign universities to help meet this demand. CityU, with its breadth of international experience, is well positioned to contribute to India’s growing knowledge economy.” CityU of Seattle currently offers programs at 27 sites in 11 countries.

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