When questions about foreign students in local universities are raised, Education Ministry officials and journalists from the nation building press like to quote MIT. The latest attempt was made by Pearl Forss:
Top universities in the world, such as MIT, have more than 40 percent foreign students
I don't know where she got her numbers from, but according to wikipedia, only 9.2% of the undergraduate student population are foreigners. The figure rises to 39.3% for graduate studies. It is clearly UNDER 40% no matter how you count. She is talking about Massachusetts Institute of Technology right, not some other MIT?
If you think wikipedia is unreliable, go do your own calculation using statistics straight from MIT:
1. Go to this one for the size of the undergraduate and graduate population: MIT Facts 2007: Enrollments 2006-2007
2. This one for the foreign students: MIT Facts 2007: International Students and Scholars
And MIT has one of the highest proportion of foreign students of all US universities, and is clearly the highest among the top US universities. Furthermore, the biggest group of these international students are Canadians, for a university just a few hours drive from the Canadian border.
Instead of justifying local universities having 20% foreigners at undergraduate level and 50% at graduate level, the MIT experience shows that we are way ahead of international norms.