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SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Jan. 8) – More than 31 percent of students enrolled at Northern Marianas College came from other Pacific islands or parts of the world — including Russia, Israel, the United Kingdom and Peru.

Data from NMC’s Institutional Effectiveness Office show that there are 387 foreign students enrolled at the college this fall semester.

The figure is over 31 percent of NMC’s 1,236-student population.

Based on the data, there are 97 Chinese students enrolled; 90 from the Philippines; 74 from Korea; 67, the Federated States of Micronesia; 28, Palau; 11, Japan; five, Russia; three each from Canada, Fiji and the United Kingdom; two each from the Marshalls and Thailand; and one each from Israel and Peru.

Joaquin M. Sablan Jr., dean of academic programs and services, said there has been an increase in the enrollment rate of foreign students this semester.

Sablan said this is a good indication, especially since the college is moving forward with its Pacific Gateway Project, which aims to open NMC to more foreign students.

Although English is the medium of teaching at NMC, foreign students are able to adjust easily because there are programs tailored for their needs, Sablan said.

He said apart from passing the admission test, foreign students are also required to take their English proficiency test.

"We want to measure their English proficiency so we can assist them," he said.

January 8, 2004

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