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The 2019 Open Doors Report on international education has shown an overall increase of 13.9 per cent in the number of Ghanaian students attending universities and colleges in the United States of America (U.S).

The report showed that the number of Ghanaian students in the US had risen from 3,213 to 3,661, making the country, the second highest in Sub-Saharan Africa to have such a huge number.

A statement from the Embassy of United States of America and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday said the current second spot was previously held by Kenya.

Nigeria topped the list in the Region with 13,423 students studying in universities and colleges in the US.

The Statement said more than half of the Ghanaian students in the US are studying at the graduate level, an increase of 21.3 per cent over last year from 1,534 up to 1,860.

This places Ghana into an enviable bracket of top 25 countries sending graduate students to the US.

It said the 2019 Open Doors Report revealed that the U.S. hosted nearly 1.2 million international students during the 2018/2019 academic year, with the number of Sub-Saharan African students hitting a record high at 40,290, marking a 2.1 per cent increase over the prior year.

The statement said the development made Africa the only region of the world that had experienced the largest percentage of growth for the second time in a row, adding that: β€œThe giants of West Africa; Ghana and Nigeria, contributed significantly to the increase in the region.”

It said Ghana also experienced an increase in the number of American students participating in study abroad programmes in the country from 1,865 to 2,210.

This, the statement, said made Ghana the second most popular destination in Sub-Saharan Africa for American exchange students, after South Africa.

It added that the five most popular U.S. states for Ghanaian students were Ohio, New York, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas.

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