On Tuesday, October 13, the University of Tennessee in collaboration with Study Tennessee, hosted a webinar for the U.S. Department of State EducationUSA representatives to place Tennessee on the world map as a premier higher education option for international students.
This webinar kicked-off the annual EducationUSA Forum, which typically brings up to 400 advisors throughout the world together in Washington, D.C., but is being held virtually this year.
UT Co-chairs Study Tennessee, a study state consortium of 20 education institutes throughout the State and the only program selected by the U.S. Department of State to host global education advisors. This involved collaboration within the state, within the system, including UT Chattanooga, and within the community to expand UT’s global visibility and viability.
“This was the first event created by a study state consortium of higher education institutions.” Stephanie Sieggreen, Director of International Recruitment, commented on the significance of the event. “These institutions collaborate and support each other’s efforts to promote Tennessee as a destination location for international students’ academic career options and to reach a vast network of educational advisors globally.”
The virtual event highlighted the opportunities for global citizens to find their academic fit within Tennessee. From the valuable significance of Tennessee’s historically black colleges and universities and their supportive infrastructure to UT’s community college collaboration showcased accessibility, cost savings, and ease of transferability. The webinar also acknowledged that UT is one of only 15 institutions within the U.S. to have the ability to host high school students from around the world for a short-term university experience focusing on entrepreneurship through the EducationUSA Academy, led by UT’s English Language Institute.
EducationUSA promotes U.S. higher education opportunities to students around the world while also providing services to help institutional leaders meet their recruitment and campus internationalization goals.
“For UT, Knoxville hosting the event demonstrated our commitment to serving the State through collaborative efforts with state higher education institutions across the state from West (Memphis), Middle (Nashville), Southeastern (Chattanooga) to East Tennessee.” Sieggreen said.”At the national level, Study Tennessee was the first study state consortium to be selected to represent the nation in a virtual study state tour highlighting UTK, UTC, and UTK’s EdUSA Academy globally.”
A special thanks to Visit Knoxville.