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590 Indian students enrolled at IUPUI

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
INDIANAPOLIS: India continues to have the largest international representation with 590 students enrollment at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2016. Top ten countries represented by IUPUI students continue to be India, Saudi Arabia (405), China (350), Mexico (126), South Korea (56), Iran (36), Malaysia (29), Bangladesh (27), Canada (24) and Nigeria (22).

As many as 382 international students are from other countries. The Fall 2016 International Enrollment Report shows that another record number of internationals students enrolled at IUPUI, totaling 2,047.

Last year 511 Indian students out of 2019 international students were enrolled. It had contributed 25 percent of IUPUI’s international enrollment, reflecting a trend in which the number of Indian students studying abroad in major English-speaking countries now exceeds the growth rate for Chinese students. Chinese students were the second highest number with 405 and Saudi Arabia 398.

In 2014 the number of Indian students in IUPUI was 437 and Chinese were second with 409 while Saudi Arabia had 402 students. Out of 590 Indian students, 534 will attend graduation classes while 56 will be undergraduates.

Last year 603 International Scholars came to the IUPUI campus.

Meanwhile, once again, Indiana University ranks among the world’s 50 most innovative universities, climbing 12 spots above last year’s performance in a Reuters News analysis of patent and publishing data from more than 600 research institutions worldwide, according to a communication from IUPUI.

The latest findings of The Reuters 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities finds IU ranked 37th worldwide and 25th among U.S. universities. Last year’s study placed IU 49th worldwide and 33rd among U.S. universities. Ten of the Top 100, including IU, are part of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, an academic consortium formerly known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

To assess innovative activity, the study first identified institutions that published the most articles in scholarly journals from 2009 to 2014, and then narrowed the list by cross-referencing the number of patents each institution filed based on university inventions. Other criteria included the number of patents filed with global patent offices and local authorities, the number of patents granted, how often the patents were cited and the percentage of articles that featured a co-author from industry.

IU’s showing in Reuters' latest innovation list reflects progress in meeting the goals of the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan approved in 2014 by IU’s trustees. Among many initiatives, it calls for the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. to offer the highest quality of support for entrepreneurial activity, enhance the application and transfer of knowledge, and foster a pervasive entrepreneurial culture.

"Through our Bicentennial Strategic Plan, Indiana University seeks to build a community of scholars that is respected worldwide across all academic disciplines and to cultivate their ability to collaborate on quality research that improves our state, nation and world," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie, who also chairs the IURTC.

"Their pioneering research is leading to the creation of innovative new products and processes for the marketplace and driving economic growth and innovation throughout our state. This latest recognition from Reuters confirms our standing as an economic powerhouse in Indiana, and it indicates the increasing success we have had in transforming the lives of people here and around the world."

Tony Armstrong, president and CEO of IURTC, said the research conducted by faculty inventors forms the foundation of the organization's success. During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, IURTC was issued a record 53 patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and 165 domestic and global patents overall. It also executed 46 license agreements, up 84 percent over 2014-2015 totals, and generated $7.03 million in revenue.

Additionally, the IURTC received 150 invention disclosures from IU researchers, filed 326 global patent applications and launched four startups through its Spin Up entrepreneurial program, according to IUPUI statement.

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