UM to Participate in Forum on Internationalizing U.S. College Campuses
Peter Baker will participate in the fifth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington D.C. from June 23-25, 2014 on behalf of the University of Montana. The EducationUSA Forum offers practical information and strategies to help internationalize U.S. campuses. Workshop sessions, presented by international education experts, U.S. higher education representatives, and government officials present unique and valuable information on recruiting international students and supporting diversity in international education. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the EducationUSA Forum will bring together 550 university representatives with over 60 EducationUSA regional educational experts and advisers from around the world to discuss strategies for helping international students to study in the United States, and promoting U.S. Study abroad.
Colleges and universities, including University of Montana, play an important role in strengthening ties between the United States and countries around the world. By internationalizing our campuses, we build relationships between people and communities around the world that solve global challenges. An international education prepares students for a globalized 21st century workforce, and international students have a positive economic impact on the United States. As the premiere study destination for international students, the education sector represents the fifth largest U.S. services export and added nearly $25 billion to the U.S. economy in academic year 2012/13. We continue to encourage more U.S. students to study abroad and to welcome more international students to the United States.
EducationUSA is the U.S. Department of State-supported network of hundreds of advising centers around the world. Each year, EducationUSA advisers provide millions of international students with accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to U.S. colleges and universities.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes mutual understanding between Americans and people from around the world through a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional, and sports exchange programs. These international exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders from the United States and nearly 170 countries. Alumni of these exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 350 current or former heads of state and government.