Join me and UW-Whitewater’s first international recruitment coordinator, Ms. Jin Jin (a recent UW-Whitewater graduate!), as we travel to China and SE Asia to meet with prospective students and their parents as well as high school principals and counselors. The CGE officially assumed responsibility for international student recruitment and admissions on Sept. 1, 2013, and Jin Jin and I will be recruiting both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for UW-Whitewater’s Intensive English Institute (IEI) which opens Fall Semester 2014. Our 21-day trek across China and SE Asia will enable us to participate in 12 international education fairs, visit 35 high schools and universities, and participate in briefings with embassy and EducationUSA officials.
I think it will seem like the film “If it’s Tuesday, this Must be Belgium” as will visit nine cities—Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Bangkok – taking very early flights some days and very late flights other days. It seems like we’ve done little else but prepare to go. We’ve put together recruitment materials in Thai, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Malay with the help of Marketing and Media Relations and international faculty and students. Jin Jin’s created recruitment videos in Mandarin and English with assistance from the CoBE Tech team. Now we’re working on PowerPoint presentations addressing topics of interest to potential students and their parents: unique characteristics of US education, how to apply, what admission officers look for, the role of an academic advisor—even what to pack once accepted.
We leave on Sept. 19th, and will be in touch along the way!
Candace Chenoweth, Director, Center for Global Education, UW-Whitewater