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University Of North Alabama To Participate In Forum On Internationalizing U.s. College Campuses

Jun. 13, 2014

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

Dr. Chunsheng Zhang, Senior Vice Provost for International Affairs, will participate in the fifth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington D.C. from June 23-25, 2014, on behalf of the University of North Alabama. 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 more than 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. 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. Colleges and universities, including UNA, 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. TheBureau 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. Contacts: University of North Alabama Contact: Bryan Rachal Phone: 256-765-5081 Cell: 256-483-9392 brachal@una.edu Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, (202) 632-6445, ECAPress@state.gov