Ripon College Science Department recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a state-of-the-art liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) instrument. This instrument allows our students to greatly enhance their research in organic synthesis and protein chemistry. Additionally, the capacity to perform biological and biochemical research at Ripon College will be significantly improved by gaining the ability to effectively study lipidomics. The LC/MS will be available for all students to use by January 2015.
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.
Dang and Nikiforouk decided to do something positive with their time and entrepreneurial minds at Drexel.
They wanted to start their own company that would use banner advertisements to raise money for charity.
There was a small hurdle to clear: Neither of them had any experience programming games, or any kind of software. And they didn’t have the resources to hire a developer. So they just taught themselves how to do it, over the course of a few months.
Conch salad and bison burgers are not one’s typical everyday menu items. But it’s not every day that the consul general of the Bahamas pays a visit. Paulette Zonicle, Consul General of the Bahamas, has a taste for the unique and her visit to South Dakota State University did not disappoint. Zonicle recently visited the SDSU campus in an effort to extend collaboration and facilitate international exchange between the Bahamas and SDSU.
“South Dakota State University is an awesome opportunity for Bahamian students not only because of the competitive tuition and the size of the university, but also because of the quality of the education. It is ranked among the top universities in this part of the United States,” Zonicle said. “For our students who are interested in engineering, agriculture, pharmaceutical sciences and nursing, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to come here. It is a smaller town and it is safe for our children. We are honored that the university has opened its doors for our students.”
With more than 700 islands and close to 400,000 citizens, the Bahamas reports a growing number of students traveling to the U.S. for college, with students and parents seeking higher education at a good value. While at State, Zonicle met with several key administrators including Provost Laurie Nichols and President David L. Chicoine. “We would like to keep growing our international population and diversity is the key,” said Chicoine while meeting with Zonicle. “We would like to provide diversity on campus and to provide students an opportunity to learn more from the Bahamas. What can be a better way than having more Bahamian students on our campus?” To bring her visit full circle, Zonicle spent an afternoon meeting six of the seven Bahamian SDSU students with a stop at the Dairy Bar to taste the famed Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream. “The good thing about South Dakota State University is that the price is right which can be very attractive to Bahamian students,” Zonicle said. “We can’t wait to get more students to learn about this institution.”
Western Washington University international students took turns sitting in the “Ask Me Anything About My Country” booth on the Bellingham, WA, campus on Friday, May 16. Passersby asked the students about their countries, their cultures, and their experiences as international students in the US. Organized by International Student and Scholar Services, the goal of the event was to celebrate WWU’s international population and to encourage cross-cultural education on a personal level.
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.
Forty-seven South Dakota State University international graduates celebrated their accomplishments and were honored in colorful fashion at the second annual SDSU Sash Ceremony May 9 at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center. The Office of International Affairs awarded each international graduate a sash honoring his/her home country in the presence of faculty, friends and family.
“The best way to continue to attract quality students is to treat our current students well,” said Greg Wymer, manager of international students and scholars. “The SDSU Sash Ceremony, in particular, is important to SDSU because it leaves a lasting impression on the international students as they leave the university.”
Gibril Vandy of Sierra Leone, a 2014 international graduate, gave the ceremony’s student address.
Students were recognized and came forward to receive their sash from President David L. Chicoine. Sashes were also allowed as a special honor at the 2014 SDSU Commencement the following day, highlighting the SDSU international student population.
More than 80 countries are currently represented within the SDSU student population. To view more photos of the 2014 Sash Ceremony, visit www.facebook.com/SDSUInternational.
Winona State University (WSU) is excited to announce the opening of the English Language Center in Bemidji in partnership with Bemidji State University. The English Language Center at Bemidji State University offers intensive English language instruction and cultural activities to international students who are preparing to study at BSU, WSU, another U.S. university, or simply wish to improve their English.
For information about the ELC in Bemidji, visit www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/english_language_center.
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.
LAST CHANCE to join the EducationUSA Pavilion at Europe's largest international education fair, September 10-12 in Istanbul, Turkey. We just have four spaces left and they are going fast. Contact email@example.com to reserve your space with us now!