NU, Governor host international student events across Nebraska
students studying on lawn NU, Governor host international student events across Nebraska

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At the University of Nebraska, the world’s future leaders are encouraged to explore their roles in the context of a global society – whether they are students visiting Kearney from Tokyo, Japan, or students from Omaha visiting Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The university wants many more of each. NU’s vision for global engagement, as outlined by President James B. Milliken in his 2009 George W. Norris Scholarship Lecture, includes significantly growing the number of international students on the university’s four campuses as well as increasing the number of NU students who study abroad.

The university is making progress. During its Oct. 26 meeting, the Board of Regents learned that the number of international students attending NU this fall is 3,475 – a record high and a 10 percent increase over fall 2011. NU’s international student community represents more than 130 countries, the top countries of origin being China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Japan.

To celebrate the continued growth and the tremendous value that international students bring to the university, local communities and the state, Milliken and Gov. Dave Heineman have co-hosted welcome events for new international students across the state this fall.

Hundreds of students representing countries around the world attended the events, which took place at the Governor’s Residence in Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska at Kearney campuses.

“I’m very pleased that the number of international students on our four campuses continues to grow, and I thank Governor Heineman for his partnership in welcoming these students to Nebraska and sending the important message that our state values the talents, perspective and contributions of individuals from around the world,” Milliken said.

Milliken added, “International students are a tremendous educational and cultural benefit to the university and state. We have a responsibility to prepare our students to live and work in a global economy, and ensuring that they interact with a diverse population while they are in college is one way to meet that responsibility.”

Governor Heineman said, “In today’s global economy, it is more important than ever for Nebraska to be successful in attracting talent from around the world. International students bring valuable skills, creativity and diverse perspectives to our state, and the benefits extend well beyond the university’s campuses. Our international engagement fosters important collaborations that are beneficial both for our partners around the globe and Nebraska. I applaud the University of Nebraska’s continued success in this area.”

A report released this week – International Education Week – by the Institute of International Education shows that international students are contributing more than $98 million to Nebraska’s economy this year. Nationally, international students have a $22.7 billion economic impact, according to the report, “Open Doors,” which is released annually by IIE.

NU’s strategy for global engagement includes a goal to double international student enrollment, to more than 6,000, by 2020. The university has strong momentum in this area, for example being recognized as a leading U.S. host institution for Brazilian students participating in that country’s Scientific Mobility Program, which is sending 100,000 of its best and brightest students to study at the world’s leading universities.

The university also aims to create more international partnerships focused on key areas like water and food security, early childhood education, public health and others important both to Nebraska and the world.

To learn more about the university’s international programs, visit the campus’ respective global engagement websites: University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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