UE Administrators to Participate in Forum on Internationalizing U.S. Colleges

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bev Fowler, director of international admissions and recruitment, and Mary Kay Purcell, director of UE’s Intensive English Center, will represent the University of Evansville at the fourth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington, D.C. from June 26-28.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the EducationUSA Forum will bring together 500 college and university recruitment and admissions professionals, along with regional educational experts and advisers from around the world, to discuss strategies for helping international students to study in the United States and U.S. students to study abroad.

“Colleges and universities such as the University of Evansville play an important role in strengthening ties between the United States and countries around the world,” said Elizabeth Thornhill, branch chief for EducationUSA. “By welcoming international students and encouraging U.S. students to study abroad, we enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. educational system.”

“Not only do higher education institutions connect future global leaders with the American people, foreign students also have a positive economic impact on the United States,” Thornhill added. “As the premier study destination for international students, the education sector represents the fifth largest U.S. services export and added nearly $23 billion to the U.S. economy in 2011-12.”

The University of Evansville proudly welcomes international students from around the world and encourages students to pursue cultural and academic experiences abroad. During the 2012-13 academic year, 217 international students from 46 countries were enrolled at UE. During the same period, 272 UE students studied abroad in 21 countries, including Botswana, China, the Dominican Republic, Hungary, Morocco, Russia, and South Korea.

With approximately 50 percent of undergraduates studying abroad, UE is a national leader as recognized by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report (which last year ranked UE 12th in the nation for undergraduate study abroad participation among master’s-granting institutions).

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