Colorado State University - Pueblo sees influx of international students as classes begin


Colorado State University - Pueblo sees influx of international students as classes begin

PUEBLO – The student population at CSU-Pueblo looks to become even more diverse this fall as the number of international students is expected to increase nearly 10 percent. The rise is the result of targeted recruitment efforts, primarily in Latin America and the Far East.

According to Annie Williams, director of the Center for International Programs (CIP), efforts by the University’s international faculty and staff, coupled with strategically planned partnership agreements, have borne fruit with 78 new international students from 22 countries attending orientation sessions last week.

Seventeen students from Brazil will start classes today (Monday, August 26) at CSU-Pueblo as part of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, a government program scholarships to undergraduate students from Brazil for one year of study at colleges and universities in the United States. Formerly known as Brazil Science Without Borders, the program offers scholarships primarily to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, who then return to Brazil to complete their degrees. This program is part of the Brazilian government's larger initiative to grant 100,000 scholarships for the best students from Brazil to study abroad at the world’s best universities.

In addition to the influx of Brazilians, the hiring last spring of a recent CSU-Pueblo international graduate from Venezuela, Anais Escobar, to recruit in Central and Latin America already has netted nine students from Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela for the fall semester.

The Far East also has proven to be a fertile recruitment ground for the University, as the fall census will show more students from China and Korea. While the University has partnered with the China Center for International Education Exchange and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to recruit Chinese students to CSU-Pueblo in the past, this summer the Center for International Programs worked fervently with visiting music faculty member Dr. Li Zhang and her husband, Wukang, a Chinese recruitment agent, to boost Chinese enrollment.

The first soprano to earn the title of Top Ten Singers in China three times, Lili will teach vocal lessons and special seminars as a visiting professor in the music department. She comes with impeccable credentials, including a bachelor’s degree from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from the China Conservatory of Music. She was named 2006 Teacher of the Year by Classical Singer Magazine. She has been a voice professor at the Sichuan Conservatory since 2003, where she earned the 2012 Outstanding Professor Award, and chair of

In Korea, partnership agreements with various universities including Soongil, Chungnam, Ajou, Kangwon, Jungwon, and Sangmyung, developed with the assistance of Dr. Seong-Jong Joo, a professor in the Hasan School of Business, have significantly increased the South Korean population.

All of the Brazilians and most of the new Koreans and Chinese students will start at CSU-Pueblo in the English Language Institute (ELI), an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program that began operation at CSU-Pueblo in the fall of 2005.  Nearly half of the students enrolled in ELI continue their studies at the University, while other come just to improve their English and return to their home country universities or their occupations. Of the newest students, the Brazilians and Chinese will begin their degree objectives after completing ELI, however, most of the Koreans only come to learn English. The original ELI class had five students from five different countries.  Since then, students from more than 25 countries have attended ELI, increasing the diversity of the campus and the Pueblo community.

In other parts of the globe, international recruitment efforts have been regularly bolstered by partnership agreements in Germany through the CIP Assistant Director Heidi Laino and in Turkey by Engineering Professor Dr. Hussein Sarper. Sarper typically gathers CSU-Pueblo Turkish alumni in fall or spring to attend the IEFT recruitment fair in that country.


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