Western Washington University international students worked with the university chef and catering staff to create authentic dishes from their home countries at the Global Gourmets Dinner on Thursday, March 5. Organized by the Center for International Studies, International Student and Scholar Services, and University Catering, the evening featured dishes from England, Japan, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Brazil, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Nine students presented their food and culture to an audience of university administrators, faculty, and students. The collaboration served to highlight the diverse perspectives and experiences that international students bring to Western.
International Student and Scholar Services supports international students at Western Washington University, providing assistance with immigration advising, practical matters, and social and cultural adjustment. ISSS also works to promote cross-cultural exchange throughout the University community. International students may begin their studies at Western Washington University in Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters.
State University of New York's Empire State College has developed a MOOC that will help non-U.S. students, first generation immigrants and foreign-born professionals better understand and master American eLearning as well as other U.S. virtual environments for college and career success.
This free, five-week online course, titled "iMOOC101: Mastering American eLearning," is being offered though OPEN SUNY on Coursera from March 23 to May 1, 2015. Those who complete the course requirements are eligible to receive a Statement of Accomplishment.
This competency-based, skill-building course will enable participants to:
• Learn the ins and outs of U.S. on-line environments;
• Pinpoint common challenges for non-U.S. students and help overcome them;
• Enhance your cultural knowledge and your ability to thrive in U.S. work environments;
• Get an inside look at how U.S. universities and companies organize work and study, develop and execute projects, communicate ideas, collaborate and solve organizational and technical problems in online environments.
Up until this year, Rensselaer has only had one major for undergraduate students in the School of Architecture – a Bachelor of Architecture. The School of Architecture is excited to announce their newest option for undergraduate students, a four year Bachelor of Science in Building Science. This major focuses on the phenomena that inform the design of next-generation buildings. Faculty use a holistic approach in their teaching style and curriculum to develop student’s understanding of buildings as a set of interconnected systems that can be built, modified and adapted to meet requirements for functionality, energy optimization and human contact.
Students in this major receive preparation for direct entry into one of the building industry’s main sectors ranging from real estate development to construction management. It also serves as a foundation for advanced degrees in architecture, engineering or business. Students who excel in this major also have the option of coupling this degree with another in the duel degree programs or co-terminal program (five-year Bachelor and Masters of Science).
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University works tirelessly to strengthen the global network. In September, the school sponsored Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama’s visit to Brandeis where he spoke about the future of Africa and his country’s contributions to the continent’s growth and prosperity. Read more about President Mahama’s visit on the Brandeis University website.
The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Applied Science Accreditation Commission) has finished an 18-month evaluation of the University of Michigan-Flint Mechanical Engineering Program and has granted accreditation.
The Mechanical Engineering program was launched in 2008 and graduates of the program are employed by major organizations like John Deere Worldwide and the U.S. Department of Defense Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center. Additionally, the University of Michigan-Flint has dedicated counselors available to help you with any questions you may have, as well as International Student Ambassadors.
Central Penn College announces the opening of its new Cultural Diversity Center to support international students and multiculturalism on campus. The Cultural Diversity Center provides support services ranging from immigration services to cultural adjustment and international student academic needs. The center also offers events and programming to enhance the international student experience. International students will be welcomed by Cultural Diversity Coordinator Romeo Azondekon, who facilitates diversity programming and offers international student support at the college.
Nova Southeastern University's Dual Admission Program is for highly motivated students who have maintained a focus on their career goals from an early age. As a qualified student in the Dual Admission program, students are automatically reserved a seat in one of NSU's graduate or professional schools while earning an undergraduate degree.
Meet some of the 25 extraordinary men and women who are bringing important lessons back home. The students were in the United States for the Rutgers Civic Leadership Institute which allowed them to experience many opportunities for personal development.
Travel with EducationUSA Russia beyond the Ural Mountains for U.S. higher education fairs, outreach events and networking for institutional partnerships in Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Vladivostok, March 16-21, 2014. For more information or to register, visit: www.educationusa.info/fairs/siberia. The deadline to register is January 24, 2014.
EducationUSA Russia will be promoting summer academic and cultural opportunities for students at accredited U.S. academic institutions from February 3-7, 2014, and we need help from U.S. colleges and universities to make this week a success! To participate with us, please send us:
• promotional materials for distribution at our centers;
• give-aways for essay contest winners;
• social media blasts for reposting;
• your local alumni to meet with prospective students.
For more information about this initiative, please contact Katherine Scodova: firstname.lastname@example.org
The long awaited Presidential Decree to launch the Global Education program in Russia has finally been signed! Global Education, which funds graduate studies in high-tech, public administration, education administration and social services fields, will start distributing funds in 2014. Students applying for support from the Global Education program must also independently apply and be admitted to a Master, PhD or post-doctoral program at a top 300 ranked institution per ARWU, THE and QS scales. Official information (in Russian only) can be found at http://asi.ru/molprof/globaleduintegration/.
Specific eligibility criteria and application process are not yet available. EducationUSA Russia is following developments closely, and will post news and updates as it becomes available. http://educationusarussia.org/ushei.html
In November, when the Maidan, or central square of Kyiv, Ukraine, filled with protesters, no one knew what to expect: was it another Orange Revolution, signifying major changes for Ukraine? Or was it a brief paroxysm of outrage that would pass? So far, it’s been neither. But in the midst of seemingly permanent rallies, a new initiative has taken hold: the Open Maidan University. Started by the faculty and staff of the Kyiv School of Economics, Open Maidan University is offering free, graduate-level lectures to the Ukrainian public on the square.
Read more about it on the Eurasia Foundation website: http://www.eurasia.org/euromaidan-protests-new-education-venture
EducationUSA Opportunity students are just the ticket! Initiated by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2007, Opportunity funding supports talented international students with the application process to U.S. higher education institutions. Opportunity covers the initial application expenses for highly competitive international students who do not have the financial means to apply to universities in the United States.
This year, EducationUSA Opportunity funding in Eurasia is supporting 60 exceptional applicants from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine who are very competitive for and in need of full funding. Would you like to meet them?
In an effort to promote these great applicants to more U.S. institutions, EducationUSA Advisers compiled short profiles of their Opportunity students who expressed interest in participating in this new initiative. You can view the profiles online, and contact the students’ EducationUSA advisers if you would like more information. http://bit.ly/1h4SCNX
Since 2007, EducationUSA’s Opportunity funding in Eurasia has assisted over 500 students from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to apply to study in the United States. The results are impressive – 278 Opportunity students received 387 offers of admission and $11.8 million of first-year funding. Opportunity students bring cultural and economic diversity to U.S. college campuses, they are among the most academically talented candidates from their countries, and they are extremely well prepared for higher education in the U.S.
An 8% increase of Russian undergrads studying in the U.S. fueled an overall 2% increase of Russians pursuing higher education in the U.S. last year. (Open Doors 2013)
The birth rate in Russia is also on the rebound, with the population of 0-14 year olds up 11% in the past five years.
What is your institution doing to get on the radar of the next generation of Russian college students? EducationUSA Russia can help!
Hundreds of young Filipinos flocked to the Shangri-La Hotel on October 25 to visit the first-ever EducationUSA Student Fair hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce.