ASU to host Education USA Seminar- second of its kind in U.S.
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 8 a.m.
WHERE: Alabama State University Campus
Alabama State University and Study Alabama in collaboration with The U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA global educational advising network will offer a daylong seminar on recruiting and hosting international students and issues surrounding the internationalization of U.S. campuses. The event is set for 8 a.m. Sept. 25 on the ASU campus in Montgomery, Ala.
The seminar is the second of its kind in the United States for participants from HBCUs/MSIs (minority-serving institutions), community colleges and HEIs in the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.
“Hosting a seminar of this scale in Alabama and, more importantly, at Alabama State University, displays the U.S. Department of State's commitment to increase recruitment efforts through more visibility and access at HBCUs/MSIs and community colleges throughout the Southeast Region of the country, typically where data reports low enrollment numbers for international students," said Dr. Linwood Whitten, ASU’s director of Diversity and International Affairs, Title IX coordinator and NSE coordinator.
Participants will share best practices with other higher education institutions, learn about U.S. government resources for promoting U.S. colleges and universities to students overseas, and discuss ways to build networks for both student recruitment and student support.
“Alabama State University is proud to partner with Study Alabama to host this event on our campus,” said ASU President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr. “The University has a strong commitment to serve as a central location for discussions of this kind as we advance our globally focused initiatives.”
Seminar speakers will include U.S. Department of State officials, U.S. Department of Commerce officials, representatives from higher education associations, college and university leaders, as well as other experts in the field.
A major objective of the seminar is capacity building for hosting international students on U.S. campuses, including at community colleges and minority serving institutions, as well as all institutions currently hosting international students.
Whitten said this is a unique opportunity for university and college representatives to network with representatives from EducationUSA, the U.S. Commercial Service, national organizations and, most importantly, with colleagues from their respective states and region.
“Recognizing the challenges that we all face with respect to recruiting international students, this will be a unique opportunity for all institutions (those with no, few or many international students) to collaborate,” Whitten said.
International education, Whitten said, is of critical economic value to our states both regionally and nationally for its contributions to our communities, research, business, entrepreneurship, attraction of Foreign Direct Investment, our local export economies, economic development and much more.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, education service exports ranked fifth among service exports in 2018.
“Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida accounted for $3.4 billion in education exports (international students), supporting more than 38,000 jobs, hosting more than 98,000 students in 170 colleges and universities,” Whitten said.
Registration and Event Location Information
The event is open and free to all accredited higher education institutions from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida; however, others from the Southeast Region also are welcome to apply. Attendance is limited to two representatives per campus. Institutions with additional needs should see the contact information below.
“Anyone at a university or college interested in hosting and recruiting international students is encouraged to attend,” said Whitten.
Event information and registration forms are available at https://studyalabama.us/ Apply early to save a spot.
"Through the concerted efforts of ASU’s Office of Diversity and International Affairs, our great institution continues to prove to international students around the globe that #YouAreWelcomeHere," said Whitten.
For additional assistance with questions, program information, etc. please contact: Dr. Linwood Whitten (Alabama State University) at firstname.lastname@example.org; Susana Guzman (EducationUSA) at GuzmanS1@state.gov; or Dr. Jim Ellis (Study Alabama) email@example.com
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