FLORIDA 7TH LARGEST HOST STATE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS; UF STILL NO. 1 BUT USF JUMPS TO NO. 2
Florida maintains its ranking as seventh in the United States for its number of international students (39,377) attending colleges in the 2014-15 academic year. That’s up 8.6 percent from 2013-14. Most are from China (18.8 percent), India (11.2 percent), followed by Venezuela (7.9 percent), Saudi Arabia (5.9 percent) and Brazil (4.2 percent).
University of Florida in Gainesville is no longer in the top 20 nation ranking for number of international students. But it still continues to be the leader in the Sunshine State with 6,148 students. However, University of South Florida (USF) Tampa has toppled University of Miami to earn the No. 2 spot at 4,077 students. UM is now ranked at No. 3 with 3,492 followed by Florida International University in Miami at 3,483 students and Florida State University in Tallahassee at 2,404 students.
According to the Open Doors yearly report, published by the not-for-profit Institute of International Education, the number of international students, at about 974,926, attending U.S. colleges and universities represent the ninth straight year of record growth.
China numbered 304,040, which makes the Asian giant No. 1 in sending students to the U.S. at 31.2 percent. Coming in second at 132,888 students is India (13.6 percent) and South Korea at 63,710 (6.5 percent) of the total. In the Asian subcontinent, Nepal sent 8,158 students.
The number of Indian students in the U.S. in 2014-15 is up 29.4 percent compared to the previous year. However, as for students heading to study in India, there was just a 1.5 percent increase. For 2014-15 year, 4,583 U.S. students went to India.
Currently, the leading host institutions for international students are New York University (13,178), University of Southern California (12,334) followed by Columbia University (11,510), Arizona State University (11,330) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (11,223).
For more details on the study, visit www.iie.org/opendoors
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‘MUSICAL MOMENTS: EAST MEETS WEST’ ON DEC. 6 IN TAMPA
“Musical Moments: East Meets West” ensemble will take the stage at Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, on Sunday, Dec. 6.
In the show, Tampa-based Wahh! World Fusion Band and their guest collaborators, master musicians from India, will take the attendees on a dazzling musical journey — from Indian classical music through to world fusion with jazz, rock and funk infused into their artful sound.
Tabla artist and vocalist Shankh Lahiri, fronts Tampa Bay’s own rising stars, Wahh! World Fusion Band — Rajib Karmakar on sitar, Peter Mongaya on guitar, Ray Villadonga on bass and Michael Washington on drums and percussion. The award-winning Prattyush Banerjee joins the band on sarod as does the popular Bollywood singer/song writer/producer Jolly Mukherjee. The lineup of musicians also features the talented Deb and Jyoti Sankar Roy of the well-known duo, “The Violin Brothers.” The two have performed under such musical maestros at Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, and Zubin Mehta, the then conductor of New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
“Musical Moments” is presented by Kaakimaas Box and Shruti Foundation at Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place. Tickets range from $25 up to $100 and can be purchased online at www.strazcenter.org/events For information, call (813) 549-9288.
EatWell will offer discounted healthy boxed meals before the 5 to 8 p.m. show.
Shri Vithal pran-pratISHTA Dec. 5-6 at Manav Mandir IN Melbourne
Shri Vithal Pran Pratishta Mahotsav will be held Dec. 5-6 at Manav Mandir in Melbourne. The first day will begin at 8 a.m. with a Sankalpa pooja, followed by havan, dinner and an abhang sangeet program. The Pran Pratishta ceremony will start at 8 on Dec. 6 morning. There will be a short Dindi (folk musical walk), darshan of Vithal deity and bhajans. The event will conclude with a cultural program of abhang sangeet and Maharashtrian folk dances. Shri Vithal joins other deities such as Ganesha, Radha-Krishna, Durga, Ram Parivar and several others at the mandir.
Manav Mandir at 7400 Waelti Drive in Melbourne is situated on 37 acres in a secluded area of Suntree. The 7,000-square-foot main hall is surrounded by four buildings. There is also a priest apartment and a kitchen/dining room. The temple serves about 1,000 Indian families of Space Coast of Brevard County.
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India Day SET JAN. 31, 2016, AT ORLANDO MAGIC GAME
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