Of the top 20 countries of origin for international students studying in the United States, only two--Kenya and Nigeria--are located in Africa. Kenya ranked 17th and Nigeria 18th in the latest figures released by the Institute of International Education.
India topped the list, followed by China, Korea, Japan and Canada.
According to liE's 2006 Open Doors report, there were 6,192 Nigerians studying in the United States in 2005-2006, a 2.3 percent drop from the 6,335 students here the previous year. The 2005-2006 academic year also saw a 2.5 percent drop in the number of Kenyans studying in America, sliding from 6,728 to 6,559. The number of Kenyan students has fallen almost 17 percent since the 2003-2004 academic year.
"Kenya's numbers …