Higher Education Institutions E-News April 2011

Update from the State Department

Register Now for the EducationUSA Forum – Space is Limited!forum

The U.S. State Department is sponsoring its second EducationUSA Forum from June 22- 24, 2011 in Washington D.C.

This year, EducationUSA Advisers from 45 countries, including China, India, Brazil, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and more will provide you with on-the-ground insight on international recruiting.  In addition, over 20 sessions at this year’s three-day Forum will provide comprehensive information and valuable tools to strengthen your institution’s international recruitment strategy.   This year, conference themes include:
• Cost-effective recruiting strategies tailored to each world region
• Services provided by EducationUSA to assist with international recruitment
• Current trends in student mobility in all world regions
• Information about foreign government scholarships
• Details about U.S. government funding available in regions
• Successful models for expanding study abroad opportunities
• SEVIS and Consular Affairs: What’s Ahead and What to Expect?

Don’t miss this unique opportunity – space is limited!  Register now and secure your place in the EducationUSA Forum! Visit us online for details on registration, agenda, and important logistical information.

Secretary Clinton Encourages Kazakhstani Students to Study in the United States Sec of State
On November 30th Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to students at Eurasian University in Astana, Kazakhstan about the benefits of U.S. study. The event was organized by EducationUSA adviser Maira Tungatarova (U.S. Embassy Astana). During the town hall meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed the important role of exchange programs in strengthening civil society in Central Asia, as well as in educating Americans about foreign cultures. For many Americans, said Clinton, speaking to exchange students is a great opportunity to enhance their understanding of countries all around the world.

“You may be coming to my country to experience the United States, but the people you come into contact with, you’re like an ambassador for Kazakhstan, and we think that’s a good, cooperative relationship. And that’s why we want to do more of that, and try to enhance awareness on both sides, learn more about America and have more Americans learn about other countries” said Secretary Clinton. She further stressed that the United States “will continue to advocate for democratic government, civil society, free markets, and we will continue to do so in part by supporting education and exchange programs that empower civil society groups.”Read the full transcript at: http://1.usa.gov/eG72o1

@ Conferences

EducationUSA representatives will be attending the following international education conference this month.  Be sure to visit the EducationUSA booth and attend the program sessions presented by EducationUSA advisers and program staff from around the world.

National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP) from April 6 - 9, 2011 in Washington, DC.  Please refer to the following contact list and schedule to connect with EducationUSA at the AACRAO conference and booth:

EducationUSA Representatives

EducationUSA Sessions

  • Understanding Educational Systems: China, India, Russia, and Turkey
    • Thursday, April 7 from 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Plenary Session: Internationalizing Graduate Education Through EducationUSA
    • Friday, April 8 from 8:45am – 10:00am
  • Raw Talent: Admitting Students From Developing Countries
    • Friday, April 8 from 10:30 – 11:30

Spotlight: Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan)

Student Mobility Trendsreac_map

Oil and Gas Industry and Local Government Scholarship Programs Drive Growth
The Central Asian region has shown a 60% increase of international student enrollments to U.S. colleges and universities over the last five years, and this growth is expected to.  Currently, 3,206 Central Asian students are studying in the United States, according to the Open Doors Report, which is published annually by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

student_chartLeading this growth are enrollments from Kazakhstan with 1,936 students, a 16% increase from the previous academic year. Kazakhstani international students have benefited from the Bolashak Scholarship program, a program founded in 1993 under the leadership of Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and administered by the Center for International Programs (CIP).  While the program is expected to send fewer undergraduate students to the United States this year, the Kazakhstani government plans to double the number of graduate scholarships available. The change is a result of additional opportunities in Kazakhstan to study at the undergraduate level, most notably at Nazarbayev University – a new multi-million dollar Kazakhstani university that works in partnership with several U.S. institutions. Furthermore, economic growth in Central Asia has largely been fueled by the oil and gas industry.

The Open Doors Report also reports that 41 American students studied in Central Asia during the academic year 2008/09, an increase of 14%.  Over half of these students chose to study in Kazakhstan, replacing Tajikistan as the most popular Central Asian study abroad destination.



Collaboration Central

The Ohio State University Attracts Big Crowds in Uzbekistan
ohioEducationUSA advising centers are eager to collaborate with U.S. university representatives, illustrated most recently during a visit from The Ohio State University’s Marco Chavez to Uzbekistan.  The visit was well received in Tashkent, attracting big crowds of student and parents while receiving local press coverage. Read more at http://bit.ly/gHBNZ1.

Raising Awareness of Community Colleges in Central Asia
Anara Jamasheva, EducationUSA adviser in Kyrgyzstan, will be visiting community colleges in Washington State in conjunction with a U.S. State Department-funded project to raise awareness of community colleges in Central Asia.

In an effort to introduce prospective students in Kyrgyzstan about the benefits of studying at community colleges, Anara will video-record her interviews with Kyrgyzstani students currently studying at community colleges in Washington.  Anara would also like to meet with U.S. community college representatives while attending the NAFSA Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC.  If you would be interested in meeting with Anara to share highlights from your community college, please contact her at ajamasheva@soros.kg.

EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Transforming Lives in Central Asia
EducationUSA Opportunity funds provide financial support for U.S. application expenses to highly-qualified international students of limited financial means from Central Asia (and other participating countries). Many prospective who would qualify for full scholarship from U.S. colleges and universities often lack the funds to take an initial TOEFL, SAT, or GRE test. Through EducationUSA Opportunity grants, EducationUSA is making a commitment to see that deserving international students have the best possible chance to experience higher education in the United States.

Opportunity Fund: A Personal Storyop
Anis Abduqodirova is from the remote Tajikistani city of Khujand. Despite coming from a 1-parent family of limited means, she graduated top of her class and was very active in extracurricular activities. Thanks for EducationUSA Opportunity funding, she was able to pursue her dream of applying to U.S. universities and received a scholarship from Boise State University.  At Boise State, Anis has been an exemplary student.  She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Vice President of the International Student Association (ISA), and an active participant in community service activities. In April 2010, she helped to organize an international festival and in November 2010 she participated in an International Education Week (IEW) panel discussion.

This year, EducationUSA launched the EducationUSA Opportunity program in Uzbekistan. Prospective students in all five Central Asian countries are now eligible to apply for EducationUSA Opportunity grants.

Regional Events

Join U.S. Higher Education Fairs across Central Asiafair
U.S. colleges and universities are encouraged to participate in several upcoming higher education fairs across Central Asia, and are invited to contribute materials, designate a local alumnus to participate on the U.S. university’s behalf, and/or send a representative from the United States. Education fairs across Central Asia are scheduled as follows:

Participate in Live Webchats and Digital Video Conferences in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
dvcThe U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan is organizing monthly live webchats with U.S. college and university representatives for Kazakhstani students interested in studying in the United States. During last month’s chat, participants had the opportunity to speak with a representative from Wellesley Colle ge.  To participate in a webchat with Kazakhstani students, please contact Maira Tungatarova at the U.S. Embassy Kazakhstan (TungatarovaM@state.gov).

Uzbekistani students are also eager to speak with U.S. college and university representatives via monthly digital video conferencing events. To participate in a Digital Video Conference session with prospective students from Uzbekistan, contact EducationUSA adviser Sharifa Djurabaeva at DjurabaevaSh@state.gov.


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EducationUSA Forum 2011
June 22-24, 2011

EAIE Conference 2011
September 13-16, 2011

College Fairs
South America
September 1-14, 2011

Europe and Egypt
October 1-15, 2011

October 9-15, 2011

November 10-12, 2011

November 17-19, 2011


Join us online at the following dates and times for these special EdUSA Connects webinars on Thursday, April 21st featuring recruitment trends, scholarship opportunities, and credential evaluations in Central Asia:

Recruitment Trends and
Scholarship Opportunities
in Central Asia
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
10am – 11am (Eastern Standard Time)
Guest Speaker:
Amy McGoldrick, EducationUSA
Regional Director, Central Asia

Credential Evaluations
in Central Asia

Thursday, April 21st, 2011
1pm – 2pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Guest Speaker: Ann Koenig, Southwest Regional Director and Evaluator, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

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