The Global Training Initiative celebrated the start of the new school year by welcoming more than 250 students from all around the world for this new semester.
Most of those students are studying at the SKEMA US campus this fall. The GTI and the new SKEMA administration welcomed more than 220 SKEMA Business School students on Wednesday, August 14. This is the largest SKEMA fall cohort to date, and it marks the first year that the SKEMA students are starting classes at the same time as NC State students.
“We’re glad that the students are able to participate in the same welcome activities that are available to all incoming NC State students,” said GTI Director Michael Bustle.
One of those events includes the campus and community-wide Packapalooza, which featured free food and music. GTI staff, students, and volunteers helped staff the International Zone. Chancellor Randy Woodson also stopped by the GTI table to say hello and find out more about the International Cultural Leadership Project (ICLP).
The ICLP will bring together the GTI’s 250 students with NC State student volunteers. This year, participants are expected to contribute more than 600 volunteer hours to Triangle nonprofits, including a semester long endeavor with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants “Welcome Home Project.”
“This project gives our international and domestic students a chance to understand and help a family settle into life in the United States under very different circumstances from their own,” said ICLP Coordinator Kristine Sloan.
The GTI also welcomed 12 new Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) students along with returning Brazilian students and interns with a “bate-papo” or “chat/conversation” at the beginning of the school year. The BSMP program has more than doubled this fall with more than 4,000 Brazilian undergraduates studying at universities across the US, according to Inside Higher Ed.
Below are more pictures from the various orientation and welcome events:
The Global Training Initiative at NC State expanded its Summer Academic Program (SAP) in 2013 to include college students from Beijing Forestry University. There were 24 students who came to NC State for a 4-week, intensive graduate school preparation program.
The students took an introductory statistics course offered by Dr. Emily Griffith from NC State’s Department of Statistics as well as a course on US culture and higher education that was taught by the GTI.
“I didn’t realize that I liked math before I came here,” said Robin Gong, who’s majoring in Marine Biology at Xiamen University in China. “It helped me to find my interest.”
Gong added that the face-to-face contact with American professors was a great help because he has a better understanding of how Western universities operate, and he said it will help him with his graduate school applications in the future.
In addition to taking graduate-level courses, the students also participated in site visits to neighboring universities, downtown Raleigh museums, as well as longer trips to the Outer Banks and Washington D.C.
The GTI also arranged for NC State students to interact with the SAP students during a service learning opportunity with the Raleigh City Farm downtown, weekly movie nights and discussions, and a baseball game with the Durham City Bulls.
Ruifu Wang, who’s studying accounting at Beijing Forestry University in China, believed this comprehensive experience helped her improve her English, deepen her understanding of American culture, and it has convinced her to apply to graduate programs in the United States.
“I really enjoyed myself this summer,” she added.
The GTI expects to grow the Summer Academic Program to include more international students from other partner universities as well as expand the course offerings for the students.
Below are more pictures from the Summer Academic Program: