ABERDEEN, S.D. – Dr. Connie Ruhl-Smith and Richard O’Rourke will represent Northern State University at an upcoming forum in Washington, D.C., that will focus on internationalizing U.S. college campuses.
The fifth annual EducationUSA Forum, set for June 23-25, will bring together 550 university representatives with more than 60 EducationUSA regional educational experts and advisers from around the world. They will discuss strategies for helping international students to study in the United States and promoting U.S. study abroad.
Ruhl-Smith is Northern's director of international programs/director of special initiatives. O’Rourke is international recruiter at Northern.
Workshop sessions presented by international education experts, U.S. higher education representatives and government officials will present unique and valuable information on recruiting international students and supporting diversity in international education. O’Rourke will lead two workshops on developing an international communications plan.
Colleges and universities, including NSU, play an important role in strengthening ties between the United States and countries around the world. International students make up 8 percent of the NSU student population, attending Northern from 25 different countries. An international education prepares students for a globalized 21st-century workforce, and international students have a positive economic impact on the United States.
EducationUSA is the U.S. Department of State-supported network of hundreds of advising centers around the world. The annual EducationUSA forum is sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.