DECEMBER 2016
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FLORIDA 7TH LARGEST HOST STATE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS; UF STILL NO. 1, FOLLOWED BY USF

By NITISH S. RELE

Florida maintains its ranking as seventh in the United States for its number of international students (43,462) attending colleges in the 2015-16 academic year. That’s up 10.4 percent from 2014-15. Most are from China (18.1 percent), India (13.3 percent), followed by Venezuela (7.7 percent), Saudi Arabia (6 percent) and Brazil (4.1 percent).

Once again, University of Florida in Gainesville is not in the top 20 national ranking for number of international students. But it still continues to be the leader in the Sunshine State with 6,751 students. University of South Florida (USF) Tampa retains its No. 2 spot at 5,203 students. Florida International University in Miami has toppled the University of Miami to take the No. 3 spot with 3,563 students. UM attracted 3,459 and Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne grabbed the No. 5 position with 2,572 students.

According to the Open Doors yearly report, published by the not-for-profit Institute of International Education, the number of international students, at 1,043,839, attending U.S. colleges and universities represent the 10th straight year of record growth. That’s a 7.1 percent increase from 2014-15.

China numbered 328,457, which makes the Asian giant No. 1 in sending students to the U.S. at 31.5 percent. Coming in second at 165,918 students is India (24.9 percent).

The number of Indian students in the U.S. in 2015-16 is up 24.9 percent compared to the previous year. Majority of the students study at the graduate level (61.4 percent). According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, last year, Indian students in U.S. colleges and universities contributed $5.01 billion to the U.S. economy. India had been the leading place of origin for international students in the U.S. for eight years from 2001-02 through 2008-09. But in 2009-10, the rate of growth from India slowed and China replaced India as the top sender and remains in that position today. As for students heading to study in India, there was just a 3.2 percent decrease. For 2015-16 year, 4,438 U.S. students went to India.

Currently, the leading host institutions for international students are New York University (15,543), University of Southern California (13,340) followed by Arizona State University (12,751), Columbia University with 12,740 and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (12,085).

For more details on the study, visit www.iie.org/opendoors

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Miami Realtors Showcase South Florida Real Estate in India

MiamiThe MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) promoted South Florida at India’s largest real estate event, NAR-INDIA, to advance the growing trend of local Indian buyers and investors. MIAMI met and provided reference materials with South Florida market facts to top Indian and global brokers at the recent 8th annual event in New Delhi.

MIAMI also participated in a FIABCI India program in Bangalore, the center of India’s high-tech industry. FIABCI is the International Real Estate Federation that helps real estate professionals conduct international business.

“India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and ranks among the largest foreign buyers of U.S. real estate,” said MIAMI CEO Teresa King Kinney. “Indian home buyers and investors are increasingly purchasing Miami real estate because of our growing job base, robust technological hub, diversity and world-class educational opportunities.”

Indian Investment in U.S. Real Estate
India is the third-largest foreign buyer of United States residential real estate, according to the 2016 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). India spent $6.1 billion in 2016, which trailed only China ($27.3 billion) and Canada ($8.9 billion).

Florida had the largest share of international sales (22 percent) in the United States. An impressive 50 percent of all foreign transactions in Florida take place in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Indian buyers are not concentrated in one American state, the study found. Most Indian buyers purchased properties to use as a primary residence where they most likely found jobs and many also invest in commercial and investment properties.

Miami’s Growing Indian Community
South Florida has long been one of America’s top regions for international home buyers, and Indian consumers are becoming a larger part of it.

Asian Indians are the second largest nationality within the Miami Asian population (Chinese rank first with almost 13,000 residents). Asian Indians (9,512 residents) account for 23.2 percent of the total Miami Asian population, according to 2010-2014 U.S. Census Bureau data. 

Miami has added local Indian restaurants and the demographic has increased its representation at local universities. The student population at the University of Miami, which is ranked among the top 45 colleges in America by U.S. News & World Report, is 5.6 percent Asian. UM offers a semester abroad for students in Manipal.

India’s interest in South Florida is also evident in foreign property searches on www.Miamire.com, MIAMI international search portal. India has ranked among the top-10 international countries searching for Miami real estate for the past 34 months.

India had the ninth-most web searches of Miami real estate in July 2016, according to the most available data.


FORT LAUDERDALE IRCC, TAMPA BAPS TEMPLE CELEBRATE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

The Indian Regional and Cultural Center held Diwali festivities at Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. The program included Bollywood, folk, classical music and dance, IRCC Children Show, and dance competitions. The daylong attractions featured plenty of booths offering food, fashion, jewelry, arts and crafts, henna, yoga, kids’ zone and raffle prizes.

Also, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Tampa organized its annual Diwali event. Rangoli, decorative diyas and Annakut offerings of vegetarian food were presented before the sacred images of God.


TAMPA SCHOOL HOLDS DIWALI ASSEMBLY

Tampa school DiwaliAcademy at the Lakes, a private-independent college preparatory co-educational preK3-12 school just north of Tampa, hosted an educational Diwali assembly. Monisha Gupta, parent of Academy student Neha Gupta 2017 and graduate Akash Gupta 2014, was the organizer. The gathering featured guest speaker, local volunteer and businessman Nikesh Patel, who educated the audience about the traditions and various forms of festivities associated with Diwali.

Irfan Hashimie, Meera Navadia and Anmol Kindlas of the University of South Florida’s professional dance team, Bull Bhangra, performed. After the assembly, students and faculty were treated to Indian sweets.

Founded in 1992, the non-denominational school looks to host more educational assemblies throughout the year and beyond to help students and faculty learn about religious and cultural traditions. Academy at the Lakes is at 2331 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes.

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