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Computer science attracts international students

Carley Nail

 Computer science is among the most sought-after fields of study, and nowhere is this fact more apparent than at ULM. According to data from Computer Science Program Coordinator Prasanthi Sreekumari, more than half of ULM’s international student body chooses to pursue a degree in computer science.

Sreekumari cited the job opportunities and the chance to showcase creativity as the primary reasons for the program’s appeal. 

“Many students are attracted to majoring in computer science because of the promising career opportunities, the chance to innovate and be creative and the acquisition of valuable skills that are highly sought after in the job market,” Sreekumari said.

 Freshman computer science major Ritesh Rokka mentioned the quality of education and allure of major tech companies as his motivations for getting involved with ULM’s computer science program. 

 Rokka also emphasized the impact of scholarships on students’ decisions. “Personally, I would not be here if I hadn’t received a scholarship,” Rokka said. “Also, a lot of other students would not be here without some financial help from the university.”

 Sreekumari hailed flexibility and opportunities for career growth as key factors in attracting international students. She also listed the career opportunities available to computer science majors, such as software development, data analysis, information security and database administration.

 “The field offers diverse career paths, ranging from software development to data analysis, providing individuals with the flexibility to pursue their interests,” Sreekumari said. 

 The surge in international students pursuing computer science reflects a global trend towards a digitally driven future. As technology advances, the demand for skilled professionals in computer science is expected to persist, making it a compelling choice for students seeking rewarding and diverse career paths in the digital age.

According to the latest Open Doors report by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the total international enrollment reached approximately 1.06 million in 2022-2023 academic year. 

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