Among the universities and colleges functioning in the Arab World, it was only Bayan College and Mazoon College who took component in the 16th Annual Washington International Education Conference which brought with each other stakeholders in international education from embassies, sponsoring organisations and universities from all through the United States and Canada.
“The conference enlightens with latest and most relevant information on the ethical recruitment and programming of international students and exchanges information that has contributed to the progress of international education around the world through different sessions,” mentioned Dr Ghailani.
Dr Ghailani also mentioned that higher profile delegates from the Ministry of Higher Education head by H E Dr Abdullah Mohammed al Sarmi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, and delegates like Dr Talal al Balushi, Culture Attaché at Oman Embassy in Washington, also attended the conference.
Washington International Education Conference gives the newest details on the recruitment of international students, admissions and campus life, and which also provides access to important embassy officials and sponsoring agencies accountable for the placement of students.
“Expert speakers spoke on topics like trends in international education and representatives from Barton Carlyle, the Pew Research Centre the United States Department of Homeland Security the Department of State and the Department of Commerce provided the latest information,” mentioned Dr Ghailani.
Dr Ghailani also mentioned that the presentation on ‘Why international students fail, a language testing perspective’, by Puck Fernsten focusing on distinct points like comparison of main language tests and how to retain students for internationalisation achievement was very appreciative.
Further, there had been other speakers who presented on different subjects such as, ‘Engaging US Universities and Colleges in International Education and Development’, ‘Origins and Destinations of Foreign Students in the United States’, ‘Indian Students and State of Higher Education in India’, ‘Trump Trends: How Immigration Changes are Affecting International Student Enrollment’, which was extremely informative.
During the conference, participants had been escorted to embassies representing nations from across the globe and US important Federal government partners which includes the US Department of Commerce, the US Department of State and the US Department of Homeland Security.
In addition, participants had been offered a platform to find out from very regarded peers and study institutions that are committed to the study and implementation of international student recruiting and admissions.
“The conference was extremely helpful with most experienced and expert speakers which helped all participants be benefit from the trends and issues, data and practical tips to manage international student programme effectively,” added Dr Ghailani.
Conference attendees integrated education and cultural attaches, university, college, independent college and language programme administrators who oversee international university student recruiting and admissions and these who serve as liaisons to these students when on campus, Federal government representatives and representatives from NGOs.
Information Source: Muscat Daily