⛽️ LNG Export Race. Graduate Programs. Malnutrition Mortality Falls.

Chart of the Day #52 looks at International Student Search Tools, LNG Exports and Malnutrition

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Studies show that recently implemented international education policies in Canada, Australia, and the UK are negatively impacting the demand from foreign students in these countries. Consequently, interest in education opportunities in Italy, the US, and the Netherlands is picking up. UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimates showed that the number of children who died before their fifth birthday reached a historic low, dropping to 4.9 million in 2022.

Today's Topics

  • 🎓 International Students. 40% use search engines to find graduate opportunities
  • ⛽️ LNG Exports. Qatar exported 114B cubic meters of LNG in 2022
  • 🧑‍🍼 Malnutrition. Child malnutrition mortality declines in the Asia Pacific region

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🎓 40% Use Search Engines to Find Graduate Opportunities

A survey of international students revealed that in the search for graduate program opportunities in the US, 40% of international students resort to using a search engine as the first step. Only a minority of students choose to contact the schools directly through email or phone. In today's digital era, with universities heavily relying on the internet to attract students and a wealth of firsthand experiences shared by current students and alumni online, it's unsurprising that prospective students would turn to online resources when seeking graduate opportunities.

The US remains a top destination for international students seeking education opportunities, and recent data released by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs showed that international student numbers in the US have seen the fastest growth in 40 years. New international student enrollment in the US increased by 14% in 2022-2023, building upon an 80% increase in the previous year. This growth is credited to post-pandemic rebounds and effective outreach and recruitment programs by US colleges.

⛽️ Qatar Exported 114B Cubic Meters of LNG in 2022

The three largest exporters of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) exported a combined 330B cubic meters of LNG in 2022, with Qatar leading the way. Australia and the US followed closely behind. Monthly export data shows that the US is set to become the largest exporter of LNG in 2023, with Qatar experiencing a decline in exported volumes. Whether the US continues as the leading exporter remains uncertain, with President Joe Biden recently announcing his administration would pause the approval of new LNG exports due to growing pressure from climate activists. Despite the reputation of LNG being a 'cleaner' fossil fuel, the production and transportation of LNG emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, hindering progress towards climate change objectives.

🧑‍🍼 Child Malnutrition Deaths Have Declined in the Asia Pacific Region

Death rates due to child and maternal malnutrition in the Asia-Pacific region have seen significant declines since 1990, with South Asia seeing the biggest improvement. In socially isolated areas, a lack of infrastructure and access to healthcare services are the main causes of high rates of child and maternal mortality. A lack of adequate neonatal care is often a contributing factor, with 47% of deaths in children under the age of five occurring during the newborn period.

Over the last three decades, the Asia-Pacific region has seen vast improvements in healthcare outcomes, with developments in infrastructure, a growing workforce of health-trained staff, and better obstetric care contributing to improved child and maternal mortality rates. Efforts to drive vaccination programs have also reduced the prevalence of infectious diseases that often affect children.

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