Public Policy, Supply Chain Management: The New Draws for Indian Students Heading to the US

NEW DELHI: Not only the traditionally popular STEM subjects or MBA American universities are trying to attract Indian students with a mix of newer disciplines such as Cyber ​​Security and Supply Chain Management.
At the Study Abroad Fair hosted by the US Department of Commerce in New Delhi on Thursday, about 20 universities from different parts of the US interacted with prospective students and answered questions about courses, funding and job prospects.
In her opening address, Patricia Lacina, chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy in New Delhi, said US missions across India are prioritizing student visas to ensure students can arrive on time for their programs. She also said that Indians make up the bulk of all international students in the US at 20%.
A large number of newly introduced programs in various universities are attracting the attention of Indian students.
Cybersecurity, Data Science, and Information Technology are among such courses at Ohio Dominican University (ODU). Natalie Chang, director of international education at ODU, said she gets a lot of questions about this.
Roger Douglas of Saint Martin’s University near Seattle, Washington said courses like Supply Chain Management and Industrial Design are among the most requested.
Some students are looking for a US degree to give their academic career a focused and specialized direction.
Santosh, a senior economics student at Delhi University, is looking to pursue a professional career with organizations such as the World Bank or the IMF. He thinks a US degree in International Economics or Public Policy would be the right move.
Traditionally, universities on the US East Coast and states like California and Texas have been the preferred choices for Indian students.
Now is the time to catch up for varsities further inland, such as in the Midwest, says Sanjeev Kumar, Dean, College of Engineering at South Dakota State University. An incentive, he thinks, is an attractive funding plan — a top priority for many Indian students seeking higher education in the US.
“We offer select courses at a fraction of the cost compared to some other universities. We also offer some of the most specialized courses in agri-sciences. The calm and serene campus in the middle of the American Prairies is a welcome respite for someone who is looking for a break from city life,” he said.
The US mission in India issued a record 82,000 student visas this summer.

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