Abdelrahman participates in State Department EducationUSA forum

Abdelrahman participates in State Department EducationUSA forum 

Aug. 15, 2017

Ahmed Abdelrahman, assistant director of international admissions and recruiting at Maryville College, participated in the U.S. Department of State’s eighth annual EducationUSA Forum July 31 through Aug. 2 in Washington, D.C.

More than 570 U.S. university representatives from 46 states, 60 EducationUSA regional coordinators and advisers from around the world, and U.S. and foreign government officials convened to discuss international student recruitment and retention strategies. International education increases American global competitiveness and creates relationships and understanding that contribute to increased national security.

The forum, organized in partnership with the Institute of International Education, featured sessions on traditional as well as virtual recruiting strategies, comprehensive campus internationalization, student visas, maximizing recruitment resources, and partnering with EducationUSA advising centers around the world to develop comprehensive and innovative strategies for recruiting international students. 

Colleges and universities, including Maryville College, play an important role in strengthening ties between the United States and countries around the world. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs collaborates with accredited U.S. colleges and universities to help maintain the United States as the world’s top destination for international students and scholars and to promote diversity in international education. 

The U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA advising network includes more than 400 advising centers located in 177 countries around the world that provide international students with accurate, comprehensive, and current information about study opportunities in the United States. 

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester is 1,181.