April 26, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 68 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
RECOGNIZING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 68
(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E547-E548] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ______ HON. RODNEY DAVIS of illinois in the house of representatives Thursday, April 26, 2018 Mr. RODNEY DAVIS of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to highlight the value and importance of international students in the United States. I am fortunate enough to represent numerous colleges and universities in my district. I have a deep appreciation for the important role these institutions play in providing opportunities for students around the globe. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the largest university in my district, enrolls over 10,000 international students from 122 different countries. Illinois State University boasts students from 67 countries and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has 325 international students from 50 countries. I am proud to represent institutions like these that welcome the world's brightest learners. I believe that today's students become tomorrow's leaders. The former presidents of both Ecuador and the Philippines earned doctorate degrees from universities in my district, and I know that presidents and prime ministers all over the world have earned their college degrees right here in the United States. Welcoming international students and scholars strengthens our diplomatic ties with countries across the globe and contributes significantly to national security and to our economy. International students are vital to our nation's fabric. Through the exchange of ideals, languages, and cultures, diplomacy is strengthened and ourworld is made a better place. [[Page E548]] ____________________