The Number of International Students Worldwide Doubled in the Last Two Decades


We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent reports in youth-related news and events. In this week’s Friday news summary, we speak about the number of international students, which doubled in the last two decades, Chinese initiative o build cancer institute at Kenyan university and the danger of hacker attacks at Japanese universities.

The number of international students worldwide doubled in the last two decades

The Pie News reports that the number of international students worldwide has increased for 200 per cent in the last two decades. This represents an icrease from two million in 1998 to five million in 2016. According to OECD’s latest Education at a Glance report, the advanced degrees continue to be more attractive to international students than bachelor’s degrees. At master’s level, there is a significant number of international students in the OECD countries, where there is more than one international student for every 10 students. One of the main reasons for students to leave their country of origin are capacity constraints at the advanced levels of education.  

Chinese want to build cancer institute at Kenyan university

Guangzhou Cherami China-Africa Investment Management signed an agreement with The University of Nairobi, one of Kenya’s top universities, to build a cancer institute, reports Xinhua. This institute should be the main center for diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Sub Saharan Africa. Peter Mbithi, the Vice Chancellor of University of Nairobi stated: “The institute will be a multifunctional facility that offers modern and outstanding teaching, training and research facilities for cancer health-care.” Wei Xiaolin, President of Cherami Africa Limited said: “We shall embark on training personnel and also equip the institute with modern and relevant equipment to help save lives of people.” Upon the completition, this center should have the division of radiology, laboratory medicine, radiotherapy, surgery, nursing and other divisions that institutes of this type have.

When hackers strike Japan, universities are the weak link

Nikkei survey has found that Japanese universities are being targeted by overseas hackers because of their relatively lax securty. In March, professors from University of Tokyo and Kyushu Institute of Technology were sent malware-laced files and at least one took the bait and opened a file. This gave hackers an access to information on Japan’s maritime strategy. The Nikkei survey suggests that universities which work closely with government or businesses are often the targets of attacks because they tend to have weaker security, but at the same time, can be useful source of information. 34 per cent of universities that participated in the survey said that they had their information stolen at some point because of these attacks.

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