Influence of International Students on the U.S. Educational System and Professional Practice

by Bassem Khafagi, (S.M.ASCE), Grad. Asst.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1990, Vol. 60, Issue 11, Pg. 67-69


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: If the U.S. will continue to be a leader in the technological world of the 21st century, it must create a new generation of American engineers with an understanding of the world, its people and their resources. International students, in this context, make a vital contribution to American education. They help liberalize and broaden the outlook of American students and provide them with a unique and valuable perspective of the world. They also help faculty with research projects and course instruction and often remain after graduation to help avert personnel shortages in both education and industry. This essay, the winner of the Daniel W. Mead prize for student writing, analyzes the pattern of foreign student enrollment in engineering programs during the last decade; the importance of international students to engineering education; and their impact on education administration. Finally, the effect of foreign students on professional practice is addressed.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Students | International factors | ASCE awards & prizes | Professional practice

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