ISSUED: 27 July 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Dr. Lois Jarman, Shepherd University’s director of intensive English language, will participate in the U.S. Department of State’s eighth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington, D.C. July 31-August 2.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Shepherd University at this important event,” Jarman said. “Learning more about how to attract and retain international students can only benefit our students and university.”
More than 570 U.S. university representatives from 46 states, 60 EducationUSA regional coordinators and advisers from around the world, and U.S. and foreign government officials will convene to discuss international student recruitment and retention strategies. International education increases American global competitiveness, and creates relationships and understanding that contribute to increased national security.
The Forum, organized in partnership with the Institute of International Education, will feature sessions on traditional as well as virtual recruiting strategies, comprehensive campus internationalization, student visas, maximizing recruitment resources, and partnering with EducationUSA advising centers around the world to develop comprehensive and innovative strategies for recruiting international students.
The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs collaborates with accredited U.S. colleges and universities to help maintain the United States as the world’s top destination for international students and scholars and to promote diversity in international education. Colleges and universities, including Shepherd, play an important role in strengthening ties between the United States and countries around the world.
The U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA advising network includes more than 400 advising centers located in 177 countries that provide international students with accurate, comprehensive, and current information about study opportunities in the United States.
Shepherd will host a delegation of advisors from EducationUSA the day after the conference ends, on Thursday, August 3. The 12 advisors will spend the day in the Eastern Panhandle learning more about Shepherd and the area before heading to Morgantown to visit West Virginia University.
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