strengthening student potential

strengthening student potential

the potential:admissions and enrollment
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International Alumni Help Recruit the Next Generation of JWU Grads
The facts: more than 1,300 overseas students from 96 countries; 77,000 alumni worldwide from 140 nations. In the ’07–’08 academic year, 369 students participated in one of 26 study abroad and exchange programs. Every year, through exchange programs, faculty teach business, hospitality and culinary arts abroad. These are all ways Johnson & Wales University manifests its global orientation.

In 2006, in strengthening student potential, JWU committed to a five-year recruitment plan to support a universitywide enrollment goal of 850 international undergraduates. “We’re tracking to potentially accomplish this one year ahead of schedule,” says Manny Tavares, dean of International Recruitment and Training. According to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report, among the thousands of American colleges recruiting international students, JWU ranks 106 overall and sixth in graduate-level international enrollment.

Tavares attributes success to JWU’s approximately 50 articulation (formal transfer credit) agreements and key relationships with counseling agencies worldwide. “But, our international alumni and friends assist tremendously,” he says. “Here and abroad our alumni are passionate about their JWU experience,” reiterates vice president of enrollment management, Ken DiSaia ’87, ’92 M.B.A. “Who better to host information meetings, speak to and refer students, and they’re excited to do it.”

Founder of Global Exchange, Lahsen Bizragane ’06 M.B.A. recruits Moroccan and Canadian students seeking U.S higher education. He educates them on all of their options, including JWU.

Siti Ismail Murad ’97, ’99 M.B.A., teaching at Taylor’s University College in Malaysia, says, “After their two-year degrees, many transfer to JWU’s Providence Campus to complete their bachelor’s.”

In Indonesia, both deputy head of the hotel management department at Pelita Harapan Tourism Institute Ringkar Situmorang ’98, ’00 M.B.A. and Zaldy Iskandar ’96, executive chef and principal of The SAGES Institute International, encourage students enrolled in their hospitality and culinary programs to consider JWU for related studies. “Daily exposure to cultural diversity is important for students aspiring to global careers,” says Iskander. Starting a program in Surabaya and finishing it elsewhere is “a highly rewarding experience.” He convinced his younger brother Ferdinand Iskandar ’01 to attend, who along with Situmorang spoke at JWU’s Admissions Information Session in Indonesia.

Garnering experiences abroad to compete in an increasingly flat world is no longer a “nice-to-have” but a “have-to-have.” “When our alumni speak to students across the globe, it makes that student realize that JWU could be their launching pad too,” says Tavares.

Advancing Acade mic Collab orat ions Across Disciplines and Borders
“Today’s global challenges demand global solutions,” says Johnson & Wales University President John J. Bowen ’77. “Students need universal skills, and international exchanges are a win-win,” he adds. Students and faculty benefit, but participants “bring cultural, academic and personal enrichment to the entire university community.”

JWU is shoring up its competitiveness and enhancing its students’ global reach by evolving its relationship with Ireland’s Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). For 27 years, the two have nurtured a successful culinary student exchange. Bowen and Failte Ireland’s Mary Owens were the program founders.

Today both institutions’ academics (business, hospitality, culinary, technology and graduate programs) and educational philosophy (experiential, industry relevant education with a global orientation), transcend culinary. In March, Marion Coy, GMIT president and her team, visited JWU to discuss how this collaboration could encompass all programs and push the envelope on course development and delivery.

The JWU-GMIT collaboration will go beyond traditional faculty and student exchanges. Academic and cultural interchange will provide links for the communities in which the schools are located, and advance international learning and engagement. A much needed component in today’s shrinking world.

Top: JWU and GMIT representatives met at the Providence Campus to map a trans- Atlantic collaboration. Back, l-r, dean of the School of Technology, Frank Tweedie ’95, ’98 M.S.; dean of the College of Culinary Arts, Kevin Duffy ’82, ’04 M.A.T.; dean of the College of Business, David Mitchell, Ph.D.; , dean of international programs and development, Erin FitzGerald; and GMIT’s Registrar Bernard O’Hara; center, l-r, dean of The Hospitality College, Richard Brush; head of GMIT’s Hotel School, Cait Noone; front, l-r, JWU President John Bowen ’77; GMIT President Marion Coy and dean of the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School, Frank Pontarelli, Ph.D.