April 30, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 70 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
HIGHLIGHTING THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 70
(Extensions of Remarks - April 30, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E511] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HIGHLIGHTING THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ______ HON. RODNEY DAVIS of illinois in the house of representatives Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Mr. RODNEY DAVIS of Illinois. Madam 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 10,577 international students from 116 different countries. Illinois State University boasts 502 students from 73 countries and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has 368 international students from 24 countries--all of these numbers represent an increase in last year's numbers for each university. 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 our world is made a better place. ____________________