1,664 Arabs, 857 Israelis Studying in American Colleges
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1,664 Arabs, 857 Israelis Studying in American Colleges

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The Institute of International Education reported today that 857 Israelis are studying in the United States, as compared with 1,664 students from Arab League countries enrolled in American colleges and universities.

Egypt was not included in the tabulation, presumably because the Egyptian Embassy here considered the information secret. Many of the students, Arabs as well as Israelis, are pursuing engineering studies with a military potential. In many cases, such studies are connected with aviation and other technical fields.

Israel has 701 men and 156 women enrolled here. Of this number, 259 are in engineering; 25 in government and political science; 104 study the humanities; 66 are in medicine and medical science; 96 in physical and natural science; 123 in social science; 9 in public administration; and the rest in other fields.

Arab League states for which student figures were given include 669 from Iraq, 206 from Lebanon, 39 from Saudi Arabia, 529 from Jordan, 220 from Syria, and one from Yemen. More Arab students are in engineering than in any other single field.

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