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Why applications from Indian students to US graduate programs increased?

Indian students applying to master's programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Master's-Focused Institutions by Carnegie Classification have mostly contributed to the recent growth trend in the number of applications to the U.S. graduate schools.  The number of applications from India grew by 32%, according to the recent Council of Graduate School report.
A previous story in the New York Times/The Chronicle of Higher Education covered the trend of increase in GRE test-takers. I mentioned that there is a "pent-up demand" among Indians to study in the US. The economic and political uncertainty in India had kept many to defer their study abroad plans. As the prospects of employment in the US have improved and the supply of fresh graduates continued to expand, the number of Indian students seeking to study in the US has increased.
As I mentioned in the recent story by the Science magazine, only a part of the UK-bound Indian students would ha…

International students contributed ~17.7 billion USD to the UK economy

In 2011–12, there were 435,235 international students contributing ~17.7 billion USD to the UK economy in tuition fee and related living expenses, according to a recent report by Universities UK entitled "the impact of the higher education sector on the UK economy." In specific, non-EU international students paid $5.4 billion in tuition fees to the universities. While, one out of six students enrolled in the UK higher education is from outside the UK, the number of international students in the UK have declined in last couple of years, indicating that the British universities will feel the impact on their budgets. This relates to the previous discussion on foreign students becoming integral to budgets of universities in the US. 

Dr. Rahul Choudaha

Latest statistics on international student enrollment in higher education in England

Higher education institutions in England experienced their first decline in enrollment of foreign students in nearly 30 years, according to the latest report by HEFCE--The Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The decline is primarily attributed to decline in two primary segments-- 1) students from Indian and Pakistan enrolling in postgraduate taught masters courses in STEM related fields (halved since 2010) 2)  European Union (EU) undergraduate students (who now have to pay the same increased fees as UK students)
This again points out the shifts in mobility of international students based on factors like cost of education, employment potential and immigration prospects. It also supports that institutions need to be strategic and proactive in planning and diversifying their enrollment strategies.
Here are the key charts indicating the data on trends related to international student enrollment in the UK from HEFCE report entitled "Global demand for English higher educatio…