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MC's Tooley participates in educational diplomacy forum

07/08/2014
Monmouth College was a participant in the fifth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington, D.C., June 23-25. Bren Tooley, associate dean of academic affairs and director of international initiatives and recruitment, represented Monmouth at the event, which she said focused on international education as educational diplomacy.
        
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and its Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the EducationUSA Forum brought together 550 university representatives and 60 EducationUSA regional educational experts and advisers from around the world. They discussed strategies for helping international students to study in the U.S., as well as promoting U.S. study abroad.  
        
“Monmouth College is developing wonderful relationships with EducationUSA advisers and other international education colleagues around the world as we develop our international initiatives and welcome international students to campus,” said Tooley. “Our faculty’s delight in international students and the enriching perspectives, talents and intellectual engagement they bring, and the fact that students flourish here on our beautiful campus, is becoming increasingly well known. Monmouth has achieved significant recognition in a short time.”
        
The annual forum carries forward the best elements of U.S. culture to the world, she said, fostering friendships and academic connections, and strengthening economic and security relationships between the U.S. and its sister countries around the world. This year’s event offered practical information and strategies to help U.S. campuses. Workshop sessions, presented by international education experts, U.S. higher education representatives and government officials, presented unique and valuable information on recruiting international students and supporting diversity in international education.
        
“The forum also enables young people to experience one of the very best and most distinctive aspects of the U.S. – our rich diversity of student-focused, academically rigorous colleges and universities, and particularly liberal arts colleges,” said Tooley. “Colleges such as Monmouth are a uniquely American invention, offering the best undergraduate education available for thoughtful, engaged young people.”
        
Additionally, she noted, colleges and universities play an important role in strengthening ties between the U.S. and countries around the world. By having international students on U.S. campuses, relationships are built 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 U.S.
        
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.