Dec. 1, 2015
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Switzerland have launched an international, double master’s degree program designed to graduate globally educated professionals to assume leadership positions in technology-driven, multinational corporations.
“In today’s global marketplace, the need for internationally literate leaders in the technology industry is acute and growing,” said Asif Chaudhry, WSU vice president for international programs. “This new degree program leverages the strong relationship between the U.S. and Switzerland to produce future leaders and, at the same time, opens even further opportunity for economic benefit between our two countries.”
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In the fall semester of 2016, a record 2,132 international students enrolled at WSU, adding a rich layer of cultural diversity to every campus. International students comprised 7.1 percent of the total student population.
International Student Enrollment up 85 Percent in Nine Years
|Year||Undergraduate||Graduate / Professional||Non-degree / Exchange||Total|
Fall semester, all campus locations
Are home to WSU International Students
China (mainland): 634
Saudi Arabia: 117
Korea (South): 110
China (Hong Kong): 65
United Kingdom: 15
Education abroad is education that occurs outside the participant’s home country (internships, volunteering, conferences). Study abroad is education that occurs outside the participants home country for which the participant is earning academic credit.
In 2014, Washington State University joined Generation Study Abroad, a nationwide initiative to increase the number of students learning in other countries. This commitment aligns with WSU’s strategic goal to graduate globally engaged citizens.
WSU has pledged to increase the number of students studying abroad annually to 1,000 by 2019.
In partnership with colleagues across campus, International Programs promotes research, service learning, internships, and community projects that infuse experiential and intercultural learning into students’ portfolios.
A Place for International Connections
Students from a wide range of nations and cultures join in workshops, civic activities, and other programs at the University’s International Center.
Located in the Compton Union Building (CUB) in the heart of the Pullman campus, the center enables international and domestic students to connect with others and share their experiences with the University community. It is also where many students come to study and relax with friends.
In the 2014-15 academic year, WSU welcomed to its campuses more than 500 international scholars and faculty members from more than 65 countries.
Building Partnerships That Advance Research Initiatives
Scholars at WSU break down geographic barriers to discovery by forging partnerships with colleagues around the world. The Office of International Programs formalizes international collaborative agreements and ensures regulatory compliance.
Bestowing Prestigious Honors
The WSU Fulbright Academy helps WSU faculty and students compete for the Fulbright program’s prestigious international exchange awards. The academy also welcomes international Fulbright scholars to WSU and brings public recognition to all the University’s Fulbright participants.
Part of the academy’s mission is to conduct regional outreach to increase the northwest region’s participation in Fulbright programs.
“I have long held to the fundamental belief that if we are to change—and change in bold and significant ways—the delivery of higher education in this country, it will require that we develop new paradigms, new ways of thinking, new platforms of knowledge that will position us for the challenges and the opportunities of this global economy and marketplace.”
Elson S. Floyd, Ph. D.
Past President Washington State University