According to an article issued by University World News, there was an estimate of 900,000 foreign students (very close to a million) were expected to enroll in American higher educational institutions with about 40% increase of international students enrollment.
And based on a recent statistics by the U.S. Embassy, we currently have 6,735 Malaysians studying in the USA.
So, what is it really about the US higher educational system that successfully attracted so many international students?
Instead of repeating the usual spill on the benefits of US liberal educational system and the generosity of the financial aid support for international students, we are going to look at a few Hollywood movies that have played a major role in influencing our perception on the US educational experience.
Instead of repeating the usual spill on the benefits of US liberal educational system and the generosity of the financial aid support for international students, we are going to look at a few Hollywood movies that have played a major role in influencing our perception on the US educational experience. These movies are not listed based on ranking.
1. A Beautiful Mind
This was definitely one of the best biographical drama films which are both mind-engaging and inspiring, especially to students who are particularly interested in physics, mathematics and economics. The life story of John Forbes Nash, Jr. studying in Princeton University is a great publicity for the prestigiousness of the university
The life story of John Forbes Nash, Jr. studying in Princeton University is a great publicity for the prestigiousness of the university, therefore, create a great image for other universities or colleges in the United States. Of course, the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science also helped to give us a hope that we might stand a better chance to get near to that standard of academic excellence if we were to be associated with universities in that region of the world.
2. The Social Network
The fact that all the co-founders of the current biggest social network, Facebook, went to Harvard Universities is definitely a great attraction of many ambitious young Malaysians to come to the land of opportunity as a student. There isn’t too many 30-year old who is estimated with a current self-made personal wealth of
There isn’t too many 30-year old who is estimated with a current self-made personal wealth of $32.2 billion. Although he was a college dropout, the fact that he launched Facebook out of Harvard’s dormitory rooms definitely has added more credibility to the US education as the pathway to ultimate success.
Click here if you want to check out the true story about Zuckerberg’s journey of creating Facebook.
Well, with the last two selections of movies, how can we leave out the movie that features the creator of the iPhone that is currently used by many current Malaysians.
As another dropout success icon, both his story and the job opportunities that Apple Inc. has created cannot help but to attract Malaysian opportunists to fly over the Pacific ocean for educations.
Perhaps, one of us could become the next Job or Zuckerberg?
Well, who knows?
Do we have to be a dropout obtain success like them?
That’s your own call ~!
4. The Internship
“The Internship” provides a different but similar publicity to celebrate the exclusive working opportunities one might at a top ranked company like Google. Even though this movie is about a rebound of two older American watch salesmen after being laid off from their previous job, it does sell the fun and creative workspace atmosphere at Google to our fellow Malaysians, especially those who are majoring in anything related to computer.
5. Iron Man
This last choice might be a little throw off for some of you but the fact that metal machine is created by an M.I.T. electrical engineering graduate could subconsciously influence its audience to believe that whoever graduated from M.I.T. are technology and computer geniuses.
With the current development of electrical, energy and propulsion technology, I would not be surprised for iron man to be a reality in near future if it is not already been made secretly.
Click here to watch a report about a progress of making a real iron man suit for the US Army.
Movies are the most persuasive communicators about u.s. higher education because they require intentional engagement; the viewer’s attention is dedicated solely to the film on the silver screen (Vivian 2003).
Regardless, it would be impossible for the Hollywood movies to dramatized the success of American higher education so if these universities do not already have successful examples.
Feel free to leave your comments on the influences that these or other movies that have attracted you to study in the United States.
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Vivian, J. 2003. The Media of Mass Communication: 2003 Update, 6th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.