Tippie students: an international blend

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Chinese students part of growing diversity that benefits all students


Four Tippie College of Business students in the Pappajohn Business Building. Photo by Ed Kempf/Impact Photo.

Lesanne B. Fliehler for Iowa Now

Walk the halls of the University of Iowa's Pappajohn Business Building, and you’ll find yourself among a mix of U.S. and international undergraduates. That’s quite a change from 2005, when there were 34 undergraduate international students. Today there are 497, the majority of whom are from China.

Those numbers are reflected at the UI and nationally. At the university, total international enrollment is 11.4 percent of the student body (up from 7.1 percent in 2005). And, according to the Institute of International Education, the total undergraduate international student enrollment in the United States hit a record high in 2011-12.

“The UI Tippie College of Business, like business in general, is becoming increasingly internationalized,” says Lon Moeller, associate dean of undergraduate programs.

The benefits of a more global student body are many, he says.

“I have talked with people from many different countries and their message is the same— learning about other cultures is important for people in business,” Moeller says. “My recent experiences teaching abroad in London and Italy reinforce how important it is for students to gain a global perspective.”

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