Miami Business School Welcomes 100 Percent Increase in Enrolled Chinese Graduate Students

August 11, 2019

By John A. Quelch, Vice Provost, University of Miami, Dean, Miami Business School and Leonard M. Miller University Professor

This week, Miami Business School welcomes 225 graduate students from China, around one-third of our total intake. With US-China relations at an all-time low, many Chinese students and their parents are showing their displeasure by taking their tuition dollars to Canadian, Australian and British universities instead of coming to the US.

Dean Quelch welcomes new students during the Master of Science in Finance orientation in August 2019
Miami Business School Dean John A. Quelch welcomes students to MBS during the Master of Science in Finance August 2019 orientation. 

But Miami Business School is bucking the trend. Our Chinese graduate student enrollments are double what they were last year. There are three reasons.

First, there’s increasing awareness in China of Miami as a welcoming, multi-cultural city at the heart of New America, offering great higher education options along with beaches and fun. All higher education institutions in South Florida - FIU and MDC as well as the U - should benefit from Miami’s rise.

Second, our portfolio of one year Masters programs in hard core subjects such as Finance, Accounting, Taxation and Business Analytics, appeals to Chinese students. The curricula of these programs are sufficiently heavy in math and computer science that graduates qualify for three year work permits in the US rather than the normal one year. Such programs appeal to all foreign students but Chinese on average are very well-trained in math so tend to meet our admission standards.

Third, Miami Business School is known on Chinese social media as a China-friendly place to study. Some 15 percent of our full-time faculty are Chinese, Chinese-American or have worked in China. As a school, we celebrate with our students Chinese holidays such as Chinese new year and their mid-autumn festival. 

This year, around 350,000 Chinese students are studying at US universities. Collectively, they pour $20 billion annually into the US economy. A high proportion pay full tuition, subsidizing scholarships for Americans. 

In addition, Chinese students contribute greatly to the cultural melting pot of the modern university. They are eager to learn about America, and our American students learn from them about China. International understanding is something that the global university is uniquely able to promote.

In the next few months, Miami Business School will again be asking South Florida businesses to provide real-world projects for our graduate students to work on. These projects often blossom into internships or full-time job offers. Miami Business School is a magnet for international talent and many foreign students are eager to stay in South Florida and contribute to our economy. Please welcome them.

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