Millersville University received a generous donation from Mr. Michael G. Warfel’84, Chairman of the Council of Trustees for a campus flag display project. As part of this project, approximately 200 world flags which represent countries and territories from around the world are showcased in the Galley in the Student Memorial Center. World flags of the current population of Millersville’s international students, are also on display in the new Lombardo Welcome Center. Every summer the flags in this location will be updated to reflect the changing international population of current MU students.
It’s great to see MU’s support for international students and international education!
Millersville University hosted the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE): International Educators Network (IEN) summer meeting this July. The two day meeting hosted various international education staff from the 14 PA State System universities. Several guests, including Dr. Victoria Sanders the Assistant Vice Chancellor, also participated in this year’s meeting.
The PASSHE: IEM membership consists of International Educators from all 14 PASSHE Universities. IEN was established to identify, develop, and expand beneficial international relationships that contribute to the enhancement of the State System’s global profile and the international expertise and activities of the Commonwealth’s publicly owned universities.
The IEN serves to maximize existing resources and to minimize duplication through cooperation in the areas of education abroad, international education leadership, international enrollment management, international student and scholar services, learning and scholarship.
Some topics discussed during this meeting include:
- The administration’s travel ban
- Recruitment across the state system
- Current issues
- International credential evaluation
- International student and scholar services
- Current issues
- Visa fee increases
- Campus climate
- PASSHE study abroad website design & implementation
- Study abroad topics
- Best practices
- Current issues
- Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
There was also guest speakers from Insurance Services Office (ISO) who gave a presentation on their insurance plans and services for international students.
The next meeting will take place in Harrisburg, PA in the fall.
This summer Millersville University had two participants in new international teaching opportunities in China!
Dr. Barry David taught at Huaqiao University through the @China Program which is managed by the China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE). Huaqiao University is located in Fujian Province in the southeastern part of China. This one month class was a course on Production & Operation Management.
Daniel McClary, M.A. taught at Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU) which is one of Millersville’s international partners. Daniel taught ESL to a group of 5 students who will be attending Millersville in the fall. The students are in a dual degree program where they will earn a B.A. in Art. Some of the students are concentrating in fine arts, and the others in interactive and graphic design. The 6 week class was an intensive ESL course designed to ready the students for academic classes or for studying in the English Language Institute at Millersville.
Global Education hosted a cohort of 16 undergraduate and graduate students from Central China Normal University this summer 2018. The students participated in the Culture and Language Summer Institute through MU’s English Language Institute (ELI).
During this summer program, the students learned about the local Amish culture, American history and other topics all while practicing their writing and presentation skills. In addition, the students were introduced to the U.S. Higher Education System and had a Q&A session with current MU students.
During their program, the group was able to visit New York City, Philadelphia’s historic area, and Hershey Park. They had dinner with a local Amish family and visited several Lancaster County highlights!