Published 09/11/15

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International association selects Bryant to host global educators forum

SMITHFIELD, RI – The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) has selected Bryant University to host a forum on “Comprehensive University Internationalization: Strategies for East and South Asia,” which will take place Nov. 12 th -13 th .  The forum is jointly hosted by the AIEA and the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University, with support from the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program, which is funded by The Henry Luce Foundation and The Starr Foundation. The forum’s keynote presentation,  “Engaging Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for SIOs,” by Dr. William Brustein, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and Global Affairs, Ohio State University, will be webcast.

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The forum aims to create a dialogue for academic institutions to better understand East and South Asia’s fast evolving education systems and the implications for U.S. higher education institutions. As such, the discussion will center on helping these institutions' senior international officers become aware of effective recruiting practices in East and South Asia, to better understand the needs of Asian students on their campuses, and to develop institutional strategies to better engage Asia.

Bryant was selected for its longstanding relationships in China, past successes, and current plans to expand its operations in China.

“Asia’s prominent presence on the world stage and its rapidly growing contributions to global affairs have been impacting all sectors of society. Education development and institutions in East and South Asia have become increasingly important for American universities,” said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley. “Having a comprehensive strategy geared towards East and South Asia has become increasingly important for an institution’s senior international officers, especially those who have yet to make a foothold into the world’s largest education market of potential international students.”

Dr. Hong Yang, Vice President for International Affairs and Charles J. Smiley Professor at Bryant University, added, “Bryant and other American institutions have over a decade of experience conducting collaborative programs in the region, and the forum will be an excellent platform to share the experience and outlook for the future engagement.” Dr. Yang, a current AIEA Neal Presidential Fellow and a former Public Intellectual Program Fellow with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, is the host of this forum at Bryant.