A recent article written by Aisha Labi in The Chronicle of Higher Education, a news source for university faculty and administrators, highlights the upcoming arrival of the first Iraqi students taking part in a new government scholarship program called the Iraqi Education Initiative.
When Mansi Bhatia left The University of Iowa in 2004 after finishing a two-year Master of Arts in journalism, she took with her more than a degree and a black and gold t-shirt. Bhatia took with her the memories of a quiet place that broadened her horizons and gave her a new family of friends.
Originally from Lucknow, India, Bhatia now lives in California with her husband and works in communications. Recently, Bhatia posted this poem about her time in Iowa on her blog.
By Eric Sundermann, The Daily Iowan
When China native Xin Feng told her mother she wanted to study abroad, her mother suggested America. Her mother said Feng should see the superpower.
Feng disagreed, but her mother insisted.
“She told me that when she was in college, she asked her professor what America was like, and he said, ‘Imagine the best world you can imagine, and America is even better than that,’ “ she said.
With a law on the anvil to allow operation of foreign education providers in India, a top consortium of research institutions from the US has evinced interest in collaborating with Indian universities.
A delegation of Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which represents America’s top universities, visited India this week and met HRD minister Kapil Sibal to discuss areas of collaboration and institutional linkages.
by Garry Boulard, ‘Diverse: Issues In Higher Education’
In a move to increase its out-of-state and international student enrollment, officials at the University of Iowa are stepping up their global recruitment efforts — even in the face of criticism that the school may be losing sight of its mission.
The Asian Correspondent, an on-line newspaper, listed The University of Iowa as one of the “Top ten international universities in the US” in an article posted April 1, 2010.
Listed along with universities like Purdue, Columbia and NYU, the article notes that of the UI’s 30,000 students, eight percent are international students from 104 countries, making for a wide array of students.
By Caroline Berg, The Daily Iowan.
With more than 50 counts of treason against him and five attempts on his life, Zimbabwean farmer Philemon Matibe began writing. What was first a journal of experiential record for the political refugee became a thick book of his life and trials.
by Hannah Fletcher, UI College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations.
Throughout her life, Anne Wallis has dreamt of India. The assistant professor of epidemiology has spent her free time drowning in Indian novels and marveling at its rich religious, cultural, and linguistic history.
“Sometimes you can’t explain why you’re interested in one place, except to say that you’re drawn to it,” she says.
By Matt Cozzi, The Daily Iowan.
For international students, the cross-continental journey usually doesn’t consist of considering intramural sports.
By Sarah Larson, The Daily Iowan
You may not know her, but Joan Kjaer likely wants to know you.
The Iowa City resident is curious about others.
“I’ve just always, always been interested in meeting people,” said Kjaer, who has a warm, motherly air about her. “I’m just always interested in people and their stories. I just like meeting new people. It happens very rarely that I don’t feel some connection with someone.”
By Emily Busse, The Daily Iowan
A new recruitment effort in the nation’s capital could help University of Iowa officials bring in more international students.
For the first time, UI representatives traveled to Washington, D.C., and met directly with international embassies to recruit students.
And fewer than three months after the face-to-face meetings, officials said the trips have already begun to generate results.
For the past 20 years, Maureen McCue lived her childhood dream of becoming a teacher through her work as an adjunct clinical professor in The University of Iowa’s College of Public Health and as an adjunct professor in UI International Programs. Although the Milwaukee native always has had a passion for teaching, many of her personal and academic interests have focused on global health. She has traveled to many countries in an effort to understand, lend support, or respond in some way to the global health challenges facing the area.
In a nearly jobless economy, William Boyd has found an alternative — leaving the economy behind and teaching English in Spain.
The UI senior, who is majoring in Spanish and international studies, is one of a growing number of students planning to become educators abroad.
“I don’t have any firmed-up plans for a job right out of school, and this is my opportunity to master the Spanish language,” he said.
By Rob Daniel
Iowa City Press-Citizen
Fabienne Bertrand said she remembers experiencing her first earthquake when she was 5 years old and living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
“I saw the television coming,” Bertrand told a group of students at Willowwind School on Monday afternoon. “It’s so weak, guys. It lasted a couple of seconds.”
One freshman from Hungary learned about the UI through his grandparents. A Chinese student heard about the campus through a friend. Another discovered it on the Internet.
Some international students find the UI on their own, but university officials are hoping increased recruitment efforts abroad will help them.