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Dordt College sends representative to forum on internationalizing U.S. college campuses

July 1, 2013

Curtis Taylor, Dordt College director of international students and off-campus programs, participated in the 4th annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington D.C. from June 26-28. Sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the forum brought together 500 college and university recruitment professionals with educational experts from around the world to discuss strategies for helping international students study in the U.S.

“The forum is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the expertise of foreign service personnel in the U.S. government to learn how to meet the needs of international students for whom Dordt College is a good fit,” said Taylor. “EducationUSA is an excellent resource for us, and they have been instrumental in helping us promote Dordt and in establishing a pipeline of students in several countries, including Paraguay and Indonesia.”

Colleges and universities play an important role in strengthening ties between the United States and countries around the world. By welcoming international students and encouraging U.S. students to study abroad, the U.S. educational system becomes more competitive. Not only do institutions of higher education connect future global leaders with Americans, foreign students also have a positive economic impact on the United States. As the premiere study destination for international students, the education sector is the fifth largest U.S. services export and added nearly $23 billion to the U.S. economy in 2011-12.

International students at Dordt College make up about 10 percent of the student body, a number that has been gradually growing in recent years.

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