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Chancellor Brady welcomes new international students for Fall 2013

Chancellor Brady recognized several new international students individually, including Rudolph Bedeley (Ghana, left), who will be pursuing a PhD in Information Systems

On August 20, 2013, 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.

This semester, approximately 297 new international students have enrolled at UNCG, including 130 exchange students, 69 degree-seeking undergraduates, 52 new degree-seeking graduate students, and 46 new INTERLINK students. The reception was a wonderful opportunity to let these students know how much they are appreciated and welcomed at UNCG.

The Chancellor opened her speech by talking about her involvement with international affairs, both in her personal and professional life, over the past 35 years. She also talked about UNCG’s commitment to international education as being an essential part of the university’s identity, making special mention of UNCG’s recent selection of “Global Engagement” as the theme for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), part of the university’s accreditation reaffirmation process.

Chancellor Brady also gave a special welcome to the 25 visiting Fulbright students from Germany, who spent the month of August at UNCG. She highlighted the various experiences they had, including participating in an entrepreneurship course, visiting local businesses, and taking a behind-the-scenes look at Disney World. She also gave special recognition to the six new international degree-seeking student athletes and one exchange student athlete who have come to our campus. These athletes are from Australia, Bermuda, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the Netherlands, and they play a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, and soccer.

UNCG and international students celebrated the beginning of the semester at the Chancellor’s International Student Fall 2013 Welcome Reception

As with past receptions, several students were recognized to show the diverse backgrounds and interests of our international student body. This year, special recognition was given to Sophie Baghouil (Belgium), Ngoc Thi My Ta (Vietnam), Rudolph Bedeley (Ghana), and Onelda Shaqiri (Albania).

Sophie Baghouil is one of our new undergraduate exchange students. She is the first exchange student from the Louvain School of Management at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium to study here at UNCG. For the fall semester, she will be continuing her studies in business and is also looking forward to learning more about American culture, meeting new people, traveling in the US, and improving her English.

Originally from Ben Tre, Vietnam, Ngoc Thi My Ta is one of our new international degree-seeking undergraduates. She studied at the Saigon Technical University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam before transferring to INTERLINK at UNCG. She has completed her courses at INTERLINK and will begin her studies in Accounting here at UNCG.

Provost David Perrin (standing, left) and Nor Othman (Program Coordinator, IPC; standing, right) converse with the German Fulbright students

Rudolph Bedeley, who represented our new degree-seeking graduate and PhD students, will be pursuing a PhD in Information Systems through the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Four years ago, after completing his BS in Engineering in Ghana, he was awarded a research scholarship by the University of Delaware (UD) to pursue an MS in Civil Engineering, then went on to earn a second Master’s degree in Information Systems and Technology Management at the same university. While at UD, he was honored with the departmental award for being the best Graduate Assistant for the 2011-12 academic year.

Onelda Shaqiri represented the new INTERLINK students. She completed a BFA in Piano in Albania before enrolling in INTERLINK. Scheduled to graduate from INTERLINK in December 2013, she plans to enter the Masters of Music program at UNCG in Spring 2014. She will be concentrating on Music Theory.

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!

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