The University of Rochester’s Simon Business School is looking to expand its recruitment of Chinese students to provide them better international experiences via specialised degree programmes.
This marks a further development at the school since they became one of the few top business schools in the United States to offer STEM-Designated part-time MBA options.
As a top five school for economics and finance in the US, the school offers both master’s and MBA programmes to students worldwide.
The vast majority of international students pursuing these programmes at Simon Business School are Chinese and Indian students.
Andrew Ainslee, Dean of the Simon Business School, said: “In comparison with other business schools, we have something called STEM designation.
“If a programme is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) designated, that means the students on the Optional Practical Training, or OPT, at the end of the student’s visa, instead of having one-year OPT in the US, they get three-year OPT.
“That’s really helpful for foreign students to gain more work experience.”
Ainslee believes that this STEM designation makes companies love it. They can recruit foreign students for three years instead of just one year.
The China-US trade dispute has seen a decline in student applications to US universities overall, despite this, Ainslee stressed that the school has been working hard to help candidates through the visa process.
Improved employability seen as vital for Chinese students heading overseas
A survey conducted in May by Vision Overseas Consulting Co., a subsidiary of New Oriental Education and Technology Group, and Kantar Milward Brown took data from 6,228 Chinese students who planned to study overseas or returned to China after studying abroad.
Of these, about 6% had work experience, an increase from 4% a year ago.
About half of these students wanted to gain advanced knowledge from abroad and 44% were seeking improved employment prospects.
Zhang Yuxin, a professor at Shanghai Normal University, said: “An overseas education experience makes job candidates more independent and equips them with a global mindset and communication skills important for future career and promotion opportunities.”
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