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Chancellor Brady welcomes new international students for Spring 2014

Chancellor Linda Brady welcomes new and returning international students to UNCG

On January 14, 2014, Chancellor Linda Brady held her semi-annual International Student Welcome Reception for new and returning international students as well as UNCG students who have returned from their study abroad programs in recent months.

The Chancellor opened her speech by talking about her involvement with international affairs, both in her personal and professional life, over the past forty years. She also talked about UNCG’s commitment to international education as being an essential part of the university’s identity, highlighting three ways UNCG is working to achieve its mission of “integrating intercultural and international experiences and perspectives into learning, discovery, and service.” First, the university will strive to make sure no student is denied the opportunity to study abroad due to financial limitations. Second, UNCG will continue to strengthen volunteer service programs for UNCG faculty, students, and staff. Lastly, the university will reinforce its commitment to attracting talented international students and scholars to work and study here at UNCG.

This semester, approximately 103 new international students have enrolled at UNCG. Fifty-five are exchange students and forty-eight are degree-seeking students. In addition there are thirty-eight new INTERLINK students. The reception was a wonderful opportunity to let these students know how much they are appreciated and welcomed at UNCG.

International students find new friendships at the reception

As with past receptions, several students were individually recognized as representatives of the diverse international student population we have here at UNCG. This year, special recognition was given to Lucas Sandino (Nicaragua), Bochen Li (China), Mohammad Daneshvar Kakhki (Iran), and Pamela Mattar (Chile).

Lucas Sandino is from the Universidad Americana in Nicaragua. He is our first international exchange student from Nicaragua. Lucas is in his fourth year of study in Global Business and will be studying at UNCG for the Spring and Fall 2014 semesters.

A freshman from Beijing, China, Bochen Li is one of our new degree-seeking undergraduates. He will be majoring in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies with a concentration in Global Apparel and Related Industries. He excels in mathematics and also enjoys playing basketball in his spare time.

Mohammad Daneshvar Kakhki is a degree-seeking PhD student from Iran pursuing a degree in Information Systems and Operations management.

Finally, Pamela Mattar represented the new INTERLINK students. Originally from Chile, she holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nutrition and is pursuing a PhD in Nutrition at the Universidad de Chile. Currently, she is taking a hiatus from her doctoral studies to study with INTERLINK to improve her English.

Overall, the reception was very well attended by all, including Provost David Perrin, faculty members, IPC staff, friends, and students. We would like to thank everyone for coming, and we wish all of the international students a warm welcome and best wishes for the upcoming semester. UNCG and IPC are proud to be a part of each student’s journey!

Chancellor Brady (center) with IPC staff members and the four recognized international students. From left to right: Bochen Li (China), Pamela Harrod (Director of International Admissions), Michael Elliott (Director of International Student and Scholar Services), Mohammad Daneshvar Kakhi (Iran), Mrs. Daneshvar Kakhi, Chancellor Linda Brady, Dr. Penelope Pynes (Associate Provost for International Programs), Pamela Mattar (Chile), Dr. Brad Teague (Director of INTERLINK), Denise Bellamy (Director of Study Abroad and Exchange), and Lucas Sandino (Nicaragua)


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