Chargé d’Affaires Edgard Kagan Speaks at Taylor’s University Commencement

Chargé Kagan with a student from Taylor's ADP program. (U.S. Embassy photo)
Chargé d’Affaires Edgard Kagan in a group photo with educators and students at the commencement ceremony. (U.S. Embassy photo)
Chargé d’Affaires Edgard Kagan in a group photo with educators and students at the commencement ceremony. (U.S. Embassy photo)

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Edgard Kagan spoke at the commencement ceremony for Taylor’s University’s American Degree Transfer Program on December 3, 2016.  The graduating students completed two years of study at Taylor’s and will spend the next two years at a U.S. university.  During his remarks, Kagan encouraged the students to “have a positive impact on society and leave a mark.”

Kagan also noted that the number of Malaysians studying in U.S. schools increased significantly during the most recent school year.  According to the 2016 “Open Doors Report” from the Institute of International Education, 2015/16 saw an 8.3% increase in the number of Malaysian students in the United States.  The annual report offers a comprehensive look at international students at higher education institutions in the United States.  During the 2015/16 school year, Malaysia was among the top 25 places of origin of international students in the U.S.  The number of international students in the U.S topped one million for the first time.

Chargé d’Affaires Edgard Kagan with the Taylor's ADP educators. (U.S. Embassy photo)
Chargé d’Affaires Edgard Kagan with the Taylor’s ADP educators. (U.S. Embassy photo)

During the ceremony, Kagan said “Malaysians are choosing U.S. universities to further their education and build their career prospects.  The fact that student numbers are increasing despite the higher exchange rate demonstrates the immense value of a U.S. education.  Malaysians who study in the United States develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s global economy.”

For more information on Malaysian studying in the United States and the Open Doors report, visit http://www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data/Fact-Sheets-by-Country/2016#.WETrMbJElpg