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
South Dakota State University welcomed 65 new international students to campus this spring. Starting January 6, students participated in a three-day Orientation event, featuring sessions to help prepare for life at SDSU and in the United States. Topics included language support, money and banking, immigration, and a round-table discussion on American culture.
“I attended the orientation sessions where I was able to meet other new international students and current students who were all helpful, friendly and welcoming,” said Shantelle Ferguson-Coakley, mother of new SDSU student Shaunte Ferguson-Coakley of the Bahamas. “I thought on my departure I would have wept, sobbed and hollered because I was leaving my only baby. But none of that happened. I left with a peace that SDSU is a great institution, the staff and students are supportive, and Brookings is a safe and livable community.”
More than 70 different countries are currently represented within the SDSU student population; since fall 2012, the total international student population has increased by more than 25%.
Applications are now being accepted for fall semester which begins August 2014. The SDSU Office of International Affairs is the hub for international student services and undergraduate admissions, ESL programs, study abroad planning and community connections programs.
Construction is underway at the University of Kansas School of Business for a $65.7 million building project. The new building, a six-story, 166,000-square-foot structure, will be the largest academic facility ever erected at KU entirely through private support. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Chancellor Gray-Little proclaimed, “Today, we celebrate a new building that will position KU to compete with any business school facility in the world.” The new KU School of Business building is expected to be completed for the 2015-2016 academic year.
EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State supported advising network, will again be participating in College Writing 2.2x. This MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by Berkeley X (University of California - Berkeley) is the second part of the academic writing course. In this part, you will focus on proofreading and self-editing; revision vs. editing; common errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling; understanding tone and diction; vocabulary development. The course materials will be offered via readings, videos, and various types of homework assignments. There are suggested optional textbooks for additional writing work. You will participate in online discussions as well as peer review of your writing. You will complete one full essay for this part of the course.
Monmouth College’s Food Security program is the first multidisciplinary academic venture to emerge from the college’s innovative Triads for Excellence initiative, under which teams of faculty members from different disciplines teach, conduct research and raise awareness about an important topical issue of international interest.
Consistent with Monmouth’s liberal arts focus, the program takes a “big-picture” view of issues concerning the production and distribution of food, which is quickly emerging as one of the most critical and often controversial topics of our generation.
Food security, which was defined by the 1996 World Food Summit as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life,” will require expertise and resources from a broad range of academic disciplines if it is to be achieved.
Monmouth College is a selective, private liberal arts college of 1260 students and 97 faculty in west central Illinois. The college is located in a small town in the beautiful, safe and affordable Midwest. It offers courses in the sciences, humanities, social sciences and arts (popular majors include computer science, communications and public relations, psychology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, international business and accounting). Monmouth College has an outstanding career counseling center (with a placement rate this year of 99% of the graduating class employed or in graduate study). Monmouth is distinctive for its integrated science and business initiative (located in a beautiful new academic building that houses labs, seminar rooms, an observatory and greenhouse), its educational garden and small farm on which students study sustainable agricultural practices, and for its personalized academic advising system. The 112 acres of the college campus include the Le Suer Nature Preserve, Spring Grove Prairie, a prairie-habitat biology field station, and a freshwater pond for field research.
Pre-professional programs include architecture, engineering, law, library science and more.
Monmouth College welcomes international students, including transfer students. There is no application fee, and admitted students are automatically considered for academic merit scholarship awards. SAT or ACT scores are helpful in the admissions review but are not required.
All scholarships are renewable for each year of the student's college career (up to four years in total, given good acadeimc standing) - these are not one-year scholarships. The scholarships are partial tuition waivers.
Students looking for the right education opportunities in California can now utilize a new online website, www.studycalifornia.us. Study California is member based a 501 (c )(3) Public Benefit Corporation formed to serve appropriately accredited schools in California, with the goal of attracting talented international students to diverse educational programs offered by California’s institutions of higher education and English language programs.
The new website provides students with streamlined access to information, including:
• Listing of associates, undergraduate, and graduate degrees, as well as English as a Second Language programs offered by an array of schools located in different regions within the state
• Admission applications and contact information, specifically for international students
• Resources on tips for searching for a school, internship programs, travel information, and life in California
• Requirements and links for international travel to the United States, including the F-1 VISA process, and tips on VISA interviews.
With world renowned national parks and recreation, students can enrich their education with infinite activities – art museums, beaches, golfing, hiking, nightlife, ski resorts, theme parks, wineries, and more. Visit www.studycalifornia.us to learn more about studying in California.
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, a U.S. Department of State supported network, is proud to be a part of this free "Applying to U.S. Universities" MOOC course designed by the University of Pennsylvania's English Language Program and offered free of charge to international students on the Coursera platform. This course will help you understand how the U.S. university application and admission process works for international students and non-native English speakers applying to undergraduate (i.e., bachelor's degree) programs.
The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas will change its Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BS ARCE) degree program from a five-year curriculum to a four-year program, beginning summer 2014. The streamlined, ABET-accredited degree program will require students to complete a curriculum with 128 credit hours. Previously, students had to complete a 165 credit hour curriculum. Under the new plan, students will be able to graduate and enter the job market sooner, or more quickly complete several master’s degree programs, including an NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture from KU.
The University of Toledo's excellent Master of Public Administration (MPA) program provides graduates with the tools to launch prestigious careers. One prominent example of this phenomenon is 1994 alumnus Elin Suleymanov, who was recently appointed Ambassador to the United States by the government of his homeland of Azerbaijan. His Excellency Ambassador Suleymanov had been the nation’s first consul general to Los Angeles and the Western states; he led a team that established an Azerbaijani diplomatic presence on the West Coast.
Earlier, Suleymanov served as senior counselor at the Foreign Relations Department, Office of the President, in Baku, Azerbaijan, and as press officer of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington, D.C.
His experience before joining diplomatic service includes working with the United Nations high commissioner for refugees in Azerbaijan, as well as with the Open Media Research Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, and Glaverbel Czech, a leading manufacturing company in East-Central Europe.
The 1994 UT alumnus has authored numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at academic events. He speaks Azerbaijani, English, Russian and Czech languages.
The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation has an excellent reputation in the United States! Established in 1930, the College is currently the largest professional college on the campus of The University of Toledo. It is also one of only 15 percent of business colleges around the world to receive accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). We take great pride in our student-friendly atmosphere and our state-of-the-art technology. The college currently houses four 24-hour computer labs, including a virtual lab where students can work with laptops outside the confines of a laboratory. All classrooms are multi-mediated and equipped with the latest wireless technology. In addition, the College of Business houses the John B. and Lillian E. Neff Trading Room which offers students access to financial data from around the globe in a real-world environment. Take a look at their Points of Pride.
This July, GW will offer the Global Women’s Summer Institute for undergraduate students, focused on issues of gender and the status of women around the world. Students enroll in two courses: one in-classroom, focused on global gender studies theory, and the second, an experiential learning opportunity where students learn how to run an advocacy campaign for a local organization. Students engage with local NGOs, political organizations and international institutions to get a truly in-depth, insider viewpoint of global gender issues. Applications open this week – see here for more information on how to apply: http://summer.gwu.edu/global-women%E2%80%99s-summer-institute-gender-issues-and-activism-global-environment.
The Global Women’s Summer Institute is one of many programs in which international students can partake at The George Washington University this summer. With over 650 courses to choose from, specialized programs in gender and politics, as well as English for Academic Purposes classes, international students have a range of choices for academics, while also experiencing all that summer in Washington, DC has to offer. Applications for all programs are available as of this week: http://summer.gwu.edu/apply. Apply today!
New Master of Arts in Applied International Studies Degree
The University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies is pleased to announce an exciting new accelerated Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) degree. The MAAIS is designed for international affairs professionals from around the world who seek to advance their careers through developing a deeper understanding of world politics and economics. Exciting program features include:
• Intensive 10-month format
• Strategic location in the heart of Seattle, a major international trading port and hub for some of the major companies and organizations driving advances in international development
• Engagement with dynamic business and philanthropic partners from around the region, such as Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks.
The UW Jackson School of International Studies is a leading institution for global area studies in the U.S. and abroad. This innovative program takes advantage of the Jackson School’s world-class faculty to prepare students to bridge the worlds of theory and practice and address complex global challenges as strategic thinkers and innovative problem solvers.
Applications to join the inaugural cohort of this exciting new program are currently being accepted and are due April 4, 2014.
Caldwell College is becoming Caldwell University. Caldwell President Nancy Blattner, Ph.D. received official notification from the Secretary of Higher Education in the State of New Jersey on Dec. 9 that the college’s petition to change its official name to Caldwell University had been approved. The public announcement from the Office of Higher Education is expected to occur in January.
“As the culmination of almost a two-year process, changing our designation and name from Caldwell College to Caldwell University is the fulfillment of a vision that many on the campus have shared for the past few years. Our new name signals the academic excellence for which Caldwell has become recognized. This new designation will be officially celebrated in 2014 during the institution’s 75th anniversary,” said Dr. Blattner.
The university designation will better reflect what Caldwell has become with its doctoral program in applied behavior analysis, its strong master’s programs in multiple disciplines and its growth and diversity. Vice President for Enrollment and Communications Joseph Posillico said that “there are many benefits to becoming a university including increased opportunities for fundraising, greater ability to recruit and retain faculty and more leverage in recruiting students. The designation of ‘university’ will more accurately describe the breadth and depth of Caldwell to the public and in particular to international students.”
Caldwell will continue to operate as a college until the end of the academic year, June 30, 2014 and will operate as a university effective July 1, 2014. At that time a new Caldwell University brand will be unveiled.
Northern State University has launched a virtual campus walking tour for international students who cannot typically visit the campus in person.
Take a realistic 3D walking tour through one of the most beautiful campuses in the Midwest! Visit the NSU student center, academic and residence halls, fine arts center, sporting arenas, technology center, and more! Join us today!