More international students return home

Immigrants are returning home in greater numbers, not just to India and China, but also Honduras.

Highly educated people are not returning home just to be close to family and friends, but to have a better quality of life and apply the education they acquired in the U.S.

‘If I had stayed in the States, I’d be much wealthier,’ Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumnus Jaime Rosenthal said. ‘Most of my former classmates have more money than I do.’

Rosenthal graduated in 1958 with a civil engineering degree from MIT and studied at its Sloan School of Management. He’s become one of the wealthiest people in Honduras, since he decided to return.

The University has more than 35,000 students, and is considered the second most ethnically diverse university in the U.S. (No. 1 is Rutgers, State University of New Jersey-Newark).

‘The knowledge base I have acquired will be the most valuable asset I can take back to Honduras with me,’ said political science and economics major Giancarlo Delon.
Delon, 20, is a junior and considers UH a great learning experience. He is one of the immigrants who is taking advantage of all the benefits UH offers, but wants to go back to Honduras as soon as he graduates.

How many Cougars will go back to their native countries? Why are students not staying in the U.S. after graduating?

Each person has different goals and dreams in life, and the United States was the land of opportunity where you could achieve the ‘American dream.’

‘One of the top reasons I came to the U.S. to study is because of its diverse networking capabilities,’ Delon said. ‘I can meet people of many different countries and business backgrounds that will be beneficial when I decide to go back to Honduras.’

Times have changed and with countries developing at a fast rate, it is now better to study in the U.S., return home and help your country grow when your student visa expires.

Alan Delon is a communication senior and may be reached at [email protected]

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