International visitors to tour Marshall University campus
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 21:01
Representatives from universities around the world will arrive in Huntington Sunday, Feb. 3, for a familiarizing tour. The tour was arranged by INTO, an organization on Marshall’s campus.
The representatives will be on campus for three days in order to gain knowledge about the campus and Huntington. The representatives’ goal is to familiarize themselves with the campus so they can advise international students who are interested in Marshall.
The tour will be through INTO University Partnerships, a company based in England, helps universities around the globe recruit international students and help students transition to English speaking universities.
According to the INTO website, Marshall is one of four American universities, among 17 universities worldwide, that partner with INTO.
Marshall’s partnership with INTO was the result of the university’s interest in increasing the population of international students. Marshall President Stephen Kopp said INTO was chosen because of its commitment to the students and building an international community on campus.
“I think everything we can do on this campus to internationalize our university and to introduce our students—from West Virginia, the tri-state region and this part of the country who chose to come to Marshall—to international students with different world views, cultural practices, religious practices and ethnicities would truly create a melting pot on campus, which I think is beneficial for everyone,” Kopp said.
Kopp said he hopes that INTO and its Pathways Program will increase the amount of international undergrad students at Marshall. According to the Marshall INTO website, the Pathways Program helps students who are not proficient in English improve their skills and prepare them to live and learn in an English speaking environment.
Kopp said the expansion of international undergrad students will hopefully present more opportunities for domestic students to become involved with international students, like living with an international student and more global cuisine in the dining halls.
“If we could increase our undergraduate population to 1,500 to 2,000 international students over the next seven to eight years, that would guarantee that students who come from, say Greenbrier County, will have the opportunity to meet students that come from all different parts of the world and literally open up the world to them,” Kopp said.
Kopp said he believes the welcoming community and the small town atmosphere of Huntington will attract international students to Marshall.
“The community here in Huntington knows you are a Marshall student,” Kopp said. “I’ve been to some universities where that is a bad thing, but here it’s a good thing.”
Matt Turner, Marshall University chief of staff, said the quality of Marshall alumni is another attractive feature.
“I think they’ve been impressed with some of the high ranking positions our graduates have,” Turner said. “That’s a pretty good marketing tool.”
The tour will take place Monday at the Foundation Hall.
Taylor Stuck can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.