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Selling American education in India

Miranda Kennedy Mar 29, 2007
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Selling American education in India

Miranda Kennedy Mar 29, 2007
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LISA NAPOLI: Preparing people for good jobs is part of the American sell in India this week. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes is there with a delegation of university presidents. Miranda Kennedy has more from New Delhi.


MIRANDA KENNEDY: More students from India attend American universities than from any other country, and the U.S. government wants to expand those numbers further, because educating foreign students is big business.

Today Karen Hughes said the U.S. is simply playing to its strengths.

KAREN HUGHES: We believe we have the highest quality of educational experience available. We also know that India has a very young population — more than 50 percent of the population is under the age of 25, and so India has a growing demand.

During her visit, Hughes met India’s prime minister to talk about another way to meet that demand: U.S. schools setting up satellite campuses in India.

Right now, the law here prevents them from doing so, but India’s legislature is expected to vote next month on a bill that would change that.

In New Delhi, I’m Miranda Kennedy for Marketplace.

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