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2006.11.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Ranked 22nd Nationally by Institute for International Education

Omaha - For the second year in a row, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has been ranked 22nd nationally among master’s institutions in terms of international student enrollment for the 2005-2006 academic year. It is the fifth consecutive year that UNO has either improved its rank or maintained that of the previous year.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) released the ranking information Nov. 13 in Washington, D.C. The rankings coincide with the national International Education Week celebration.

“The work being done at UNO has literally brought the world to Omaha,” said Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. “International education builds understanding and opportunity for everyone involved.”

For the current semester, there are 955 international participants at UNO. The five countries that are providing the greatest number of students are India (108 students), Saudi Arabia (100 students), China (97 students), Japan (70 students) and South Korea (65 students). In all, 111 countries - ranging from Azerbaijan to Zambia - are represented on campus. Top areas of study for UNO international students include management information systems, computer science, economics, international studies and business.

UNO established International Studies and Programs (IS&P) in 1973. Since then, UNO has developed an international reputation, in particular, for its Center for Afghanistan Studies and the Bethsaida (Israel) Excavations Project.

IIE provided the rankings after holding a press conference at the National Press Club that focused on international academic mobility, U.S. students abroad, and international students and scholars on U.S. campuses during 2005-2006. Miller Crouch, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Allan E. Goodman, president of the IIE, were the opening speakers.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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International Education Week activities are currently under way at UNO, on and off campus. For details, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/news/releases/2006/11/07_iew.php or call (402) 554-2293.

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