LINCOLN, Neb. — Bojaio Sun knew next to nothing about football – or the state of Nebraska, for that matter – until he started looking for U.S. colleges and universities on the Internet. Now, as one of a growing number of Chinese students at the state’s flagship university here, he catches every game he can.
“I am very proud to be a ‘Husker,” he says.
President Obama announced plans last month to “dramatically expand” to 100,000 the number of U.S. students who study in China over the next four years, calling such exchanges “a clear commitment to build ties among our people in the steady pursuit of cooperation that will serve our nations, and the world.” But Sun, who grew up in China’s Jiangxi province, is part of a surge already taking place in the other direction. Last year alone, 98,510 Chinese graduate and undergraduate students poured into U.S. colleges and universities, lured by China’s emphasis on academic achievement and the prestige of U.S. higher education.