Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THE. MICHIGAN DAILY
Sundoy, November 6, 1955
gtmi4ev_ Nevember 6.1955
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He Comes From All Over The World To a Country That He Want
There are 1300 foreign sudents on campus. They are well-educated, alert individuals, whc
learn about the country and to take advantage of American facilities. And when they come,
and uncertain, they find themselves to a large extent ignored by their fellow American s
everybody else around here, the foreign student is eagerly trying to fit -- trying to be an i
University life. His integration cannot be accomplished alone.
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are tailored to the same basic pattern, but are cut to ankle-length.
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Uy MARY ANN THOMAS
T HE existence of foreign students
on campus cannot be denied.
Yet, although 1300 strong, the av-
erage University student knows.
little about them.
A foreign student can often be
singled out in the street by his
dress or in the classroom by his
speech, but the questions remain.
Representing more than 70 coun-
tries around the world, foreign stu-
dents at the University are the
hand-picked cream of the inter-
national student, crop. A few are
studying for bachelor degrees, but
the majority are working toward
masters or doctoral degrees in their
fields of interest.
WHY do they come to the United
States and to Michigan? For
a variety of reasons. Some like
the "liberal" education found here,
some want the prestige of an Am-
erican university degree, others
want to join friends, some merely
want to spend a few years abroad.
John Elumeze, a graduate in
political science, from Nigeria, has
an interesting story to tell. He
came to the United States to ob-
tain the "dynamic liberal" educa-
tion that American-trained lead-
ers in his country demonstrated.
"English education is expensive
and conservative, training only for
leadership," he explained. A Brit-
ish degree or examination is nec-
essary for practicing law or medi-
cine in the Commonwealth, he
continued, but British-trained men
did not have or exercise the dy-
namic leadership that American-
educated men did in his country.
Active University Alumni Clubs'
around the world also influence
many students to study at Michi-
gan. The alumni group at Bom-
bay, India, is responsible for many
Indian students coming to the Uni-
FOR those who have not decided
on one school to attend so
have sent applications to several,1
the University has another draw- '
ing card. By answering student1
applications via cablegram and air1
mail, the University acceptance'
reaches the student before those
from other colleges.
Buddha V. Govindaraj, who is
working on his doctorate in poli-
tical science, said acceptances from
other colleges to which he applied
did not arrive at his home in In-
dia until after he had left for Mi-
Govindaraj will return to India
to participate in politics. He has
already had several years of poli-
tical experience, but was too young
to gain much support at that time.
English, French and German
students are often asked why they.
BUT these are not the only reas-
ons for coming to the United
States. Students desiring special
training in technological fields
come to learn modern methods and
to study modern machinery.
Khaldoon Othman, 58E, is stu-
dying mechanical engineering on
a scholarship from Iraq. He com-
mented that only engineering and
agricultural students are granted
scholarships for study in the Unit-
ed States because Iraq has good
schools in other subjects.
From the other side of the
world Wei - feng "Christopher"
Huang, '56E, came to study naval
architecture. Why to the United
States? "I transferred here for
my senior year because Formosa
lacks the necessary equipment,"
the young Chinese explained.
WHAT will these people do af-
ter they finish their educa-
tion? Some will stay in the Unit-
ed States, but the majority will
return to their homelands to ex-
ercise their knowledge for the
improvement of their country.
When asked about his future
plans, Huang replied that he ex-
pected to work for the Chinese
navy since he had already spent
several years in its service. "It is
nice to live in America," he said,
"but I don't want to live here just
to escape war."
Other students also have this
feeling of responsibility toward
their countries. Those supported
by government scholarshipses-
pecially believe themselves obli-
gated to return and help improve
their native land.
Munir Bunni, a graduate stu-
dent in zoology is on his second
visit to the United States with as
Who they are, what they do,
where they come from-each for-
eign student on campus has a dif-
ferent answer. Each is an indiv-
idual with a future. Each carries a
bit of the customs, religions, cul-
tures and ideas from every part
of the world and transplants it at
the University, and in exchange
they tae a bit of America back
By PHIL BREEN
THE FOREIGN STUDENT a
Michigan, besides being hard
working and serious-minded, b
mainly a watcher. Silently, in
tently, he watches everything-
the whole vast panorama of lif
here at the University.
He is anxiously seeking some
thing, looking hard trying to fin
it: he has come from as far a
10,000 miles away to discove
America. And he doesn't want t
go back home without findin
what he came looking for.
He looks for America mostly it
the 19,000 American students here
He wants to get to know then
talk with them, become friend
with them, exchange ideas wit:
them, understand them.
He feels that it is through thes
people, these young people, tha
he will really be able to appreci
ate America, get the feel of it, th
sense of what it really is.
The American students at th
University are representatives o
a new world-a new world int
which he has been suddenly im
mersed and about which he want
to find out so much.
He is trying hard, but being per
haps a bit shy and somewhat un
sure of his English, he is having
pretty rough time of it.
YOU ASK a newly arrived young
man from China what his im-
pressions of American student
are and immediately the corner
of his mouth wrinkle into a smal.
self-conscious smile. He answer
"Well, I don't know. I reall:
don't know . . . uh . . . I reall:
don't feel capable of answerini
that question . , . You see .
uh .. . I have been here such a
short time and I have not reall:
gotten to know many American
... you understand .. . uh ..
the language barrier-it is great.
His eyes grow thoughtful. Thei
he smiles again. "But I am sur
that soon-in a little while-
shall make many friends here
HARBHAJAN SINGH THIND
... the average student
knows little about them
come to the United States to study
when they have such good schools
at home. "Why do American stu-
dents study in Europe?" they re-
tort, explaining that, as in the
United States, a degree from a
foreign university carries great
Furthermore, to people living
in other parts of the world, the
United States seems surrounded
with an aura of "glamor." They
hear about life in America from
their friends and contacts, and
they wish to see for themselves.:
GLASS-BEADING decorates the top of an aqua silk-taffeta for-
mal. The sleeves extend below the wrist, and also display the
delicate beading work. Elegant white satin coat is.worn with