an increase of 23 percent from the previous year, according to the Institute of International Education. Moreover, at the graduate level, Chinese students arent competing against American students for a seat in the classroom, according to Blumenthal. There still arent enough Americans in the pipeline wanting to get graduate training in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, she said. When I get into America, I can get [a liberal] education [that] could open my mind, said Zhang Yuqi, a soft-spoken but intense 17-year-old high school senior. Chinese applications to U.S. schools skyrocket I know. Let's send them to "Bob Jones University" to learn "SCIENCE" so they can be as good as any Republican Scientist. And I thought our education system was "so bad". Seems people from other countries don't think so. Just Republicans.