Sub-Saharan Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach at U.S. Colleges and Universities

africa-thumbAccording to new data from the Institute on International Education, in the 2013-14 academic year, there were 121,914 foreign scholars teaching at American colleges and universities. The number of foreign scholars was down slightly from the previous year. The vast majority of these foreign scholars are from either Europe or Asia. In the 2013-14 academic year, there were 1,844 scholars from sub-Saharan African nations teaching at U.S. colleges and universities. This is down more than 13 percent from the 2012-13 academic year. Six years ago there were 2,750 scholars from sub-Saharan Africa teaching at U.S. colleges and universities.

Nigeria sent 393 scholars to teach in the U.S., more than any other sub-Saharan African nation. South African ranked second with 232 scholars teaching in the U.S., down 26.3 percent from the previous year. In all probability, some of these South African scholars are White. Ghana was third with 228 scholars teaching in the United States. Kenya dropped from third to fourth in the rankings with 195 professors at American colleges and universities. This was a decrease of more than 26 percent from the previous year.

Among other sub-Saharan African nations, Ethiopia was the only other country to send as many as 100 scholars to teach at U.S. universities. Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Tanzania, each sent more than 50 scholars to teach in the United States.

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