In China, it apparently is common for a family to hire an education adviser to help a student apply to colleges in the United States.
On June 2, 40 education advisers will be visiting colleges in Westchester County thanks to the “Study Westchester” consortium of higher-education institutions organized by the Westchester Export Assistance Center and the Westchester County Association. The goal is to promote Westchester County as the most desirable destination for U.S. bound international students.
Participating members include Berkeley College, The College of New Rochelle, The College of Westchester, Iona College, Manhattanville College, Mercy College, New York Medical College, Pace University, Polytechnic University, Purchase College, and Westchester Community College
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White Plains â€“ â€œStudy Westchester,â€ the consortium of higher education institutions organized by the Westchester Export Assistance Center and the Westchester County Association, will be hosting its first visit foreign delegation on June 2, 2008. Forty education advisors from Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu, China will be visiting Westchester colleges and universities to learn about educational opportunities. In China, it is common for a family to employ an education advisor to help their child apply to college in the United States. The advisors help with the application process and suggest particular schools, so their role is very important.
Study Westchester is a collaborative consortium of higher education providers in Westchester County in New York State, USA. The goal is to promote Westchester County as the most desirable destination for U.S. bound international students. Participating members include Berkeley College, The College of New Rochelle, The College of Westchester, Iona College, Manhattanville College, Mercy College, New York Medical College, Pace University, Polytechnic University, Purchase College, and Westchester Community College; all prestigious universities or colleges in Westchester that provide diverse academic offerings.
â€œWestchester is an ideal place to go to college. It really is the best of both worlds, â€œsaid Joan Kanlian, Director of the Westchester Export Assistance Center. â€œWestchester offers excellent education close enough to New York City to keep students happy, and far enough away from the city to keep parents happy.â€
The delegation will visit 5 campuses in Westchester: Mercy College, Manhattanville College, Purchase College, Pace University and Berkeley College. During the lunch break at Pace University, the campuses we are not able to visit will make a presentation to the delegation. For more information on Study Westchester, visit www.studywestchesterny.org.
Eleven states have formed study consortia to actively promote their regions and recruit international students. International students enhance the educational experience of domestic students and contribute significantly to the regional economy. In 2006/07 school year, New York was home to 65,884 international students enrolled in colleges and universities in the state. These students contributed a total of $1,865,844,000 to NYâ€™s economy.
The Westchester Export Assistance Center, the local branch of the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a federal government agency dedicated to helping small-to-medium sized New York companies (located in the Hudson Valley, Capital Region and North Country) develop international markets. Our experienced staff of International Trade Specialists will help companies identify and evaluate international partners, navigate international documentation challenges, create market entry strategies, and provide export related counseling. Our network includes 108 U.S. Export Assistance Centers throughout all 50 United States and 156 offices overseas in 89 foreign countries. www.buyusa.gov/westchester.
The Westchester County Association Inc., is a business-based membership organization committed to addressing public policy issues with respect to business advocacy and economic development on behalf of the regionâ€™s corporate and not-for-profit organizations. Study Westchester was formed in 2007 under the auspices of the Higher Education Committee of the Westchester County Association. www.westchester.org