What percentage of students from Nepal who go abroad for their studies return back?

December 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I have delved on this question for quite some time now. I would guess at most 5-10%. This is a pretty random guess. But it’s an upper bound and shouldn’t be more than that in my view.

I came from Nepal to the US quite some time ago. I had not intended to come to the US for my studies. I came because of peer-pressure, and because of the lack of having anything substantial back home. When I had been rejected by most of my top choice colleges, I had felt like crying. When I finally got into one of the colleges of my choice, tears rolled down my eyes- so desperate I was to leave, to come to the US.

When I came here my plan was to return back as soon as I graduated. With time, I have realized that it is not a sensible thing to do. I get a year to do OPT here – get some work experience and make some good money (perhaps if I get a good job). I now want to use that option. Then I realize that I cannot possibly go to a graduate school in Nepal – what would be the use of my rigorous education here if I were to return to Nepal for my highest degree? I want to stay here for graduate school.

This makes me wonder about how many people who come here with a determination to return as soon as they graduate fare when they actually graduate. There are always those who leave Nepal and know that they have no plans to return permanently. I’m taking the case of those who want to initially. What are the reasons they choose to stay here? IS it the society back home? I get this fear at times – if I were to return without achieving something substantial – how would the society view me? I know – FAILURE. That is how our society has been used to thinking about people who go abroad. You return – and it’s mostly because you weren’t able to stay abroad. Why would you come back to a place – from where everyone is trying to flee? (Excuse my use of “everyone” here – pretty close to everyone, nonetheless, I think)

I would like to delve deeper into this sometime in the near future. I would love to hear what you have to say, so please comment!


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