CWUNewsNews Sets International Attendance Record, 01 Dec 2015 14:25:02<p>Central Washington University is home to almost 550 international students fall quarter 2015 in all programs. Led by nearly 200 from Saudi Arabia, with large numbers also from China and Japan, students from over 40 countries are currently in attendance at CWU.</p>CWU Officially Welcomes International Students and Scholars, 08 Oct 2015 12:07:04<p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 300px; float: left; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">About 450 international students and scholars from 38 countries worldwide are now in Ellensburg for fall quarter classes at Central Washington University.</span></p><p>A large number of them were on hand to be officially welcomed recently by CWU Provost and Vice-President for Academic and Student Life Marilyn Levine and Sherri Fujita, director, University English as a Second Language at the annual International Students’ Welcome Dinner.</p><p>Sponsored by the CWU Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP), it is designed to make the students and scholars feel more at home. Held in the Sue Lombard Dining Room it provided them with an opportunity enjoy pizza and pasta, and music from a variety of countries.</p><p>It also allowed them to renew acquaintances and make new connections, including with campus and Ellensburg community members.</p><p>“We’re now interest in helping our international guests extend their community connections,” says Ann Radwan, OISP executive director.</p><p>Those who would like to become acquainted with one or more of the visiting students or scholars, or have them over for an upcoming holiday meal or other gathering, can contact the OISP office (, 509-963-3612) for additional information.</p><p>Along with those enrolled at other university campuses around the state, CWU has more than 500 international students and scholars participating in fall quarter classes.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>October 14, 2015</p></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">CWU Celebrates 25-year Partnership with Japan’s Shimane College, 04 Aug 2015 10:26:12<p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 201px; height: 200px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: left;">Since 1990, the University of Shimane Junior College (USJC), from Shimane, Japan, has enjoyed a rich and rewarding educational partnership with Central Washington University. Over the years, both universities have provided student and faculty exchanges, short-term summer groups, and students from Shimane coming and studying for up to four quarters with the University English as a Second Language (UESL) program. More than 600 Japanese students have taken part in the UESL program since it began.</p><p>“It is a very long and valued relationship,” said Sherri Fujita, director of UESL. “Over the years, our students, faculty, and administration have developed a tight-knit and supportive community, with a network that spans the globe.”</p><p>USJC Vice President Tsuyoshi Kishimoto and Professor Yoko Kodama will come to CWU on August 5 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the partnership. They will arrive on campus with a group of 21 USJC students and their chaperones.<br><br>On August 7, the group will visit CWU’s Donald L Garrity Japanese Garden to discuss a possible site for a commemorative cherry tree. Originally, the UESL program wanted to plant a cherry tree to mark this occasion, but as this is not the right time of year, the group will indicate a likely spot for a future planting. The Japanese garden was established in 1990 through a $51,000 grant to CWU from the Japan World Exposition. The cherry tree is a revered cultural icon in Japan.</p><p>In September, the original landscape architect, world-renowned Masa Mizuno, will return to assess the site, oversee the tree planting, and advise on the continued care and maintenance of the garden.<br><br>Marilyn A. Levine, CWU provost and vice president for Academic and Student Life, and Ann B. Radwan, executive director of the Office of International Studies Program will host a Silver Jubilee reception for the students, their teachers, and chaperones at 2:00 p.m. on August 10 at the University Reception Center. There will be a formal ceremony to exchange gifts where CWU will present a picture of the Japanese garden, placed in a special CWU commemorative frame, and a certificate. The University of Shimane Junior College delegates will present a book they created that documents the relationship and all of the activities shared by CWU and USJC throughout the years.</p><p>Central Washington University has official ties with 38 universities around the world and each year hosts approximately 200 foreign students from countries such as China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br>CWU to Forge Higher Education Ties With Cuba, 24 Jul 2015 11:21:48<p>“There’s a whole new set of relationships developing with Cuba,” says Ann Radwan, executive director of Central Washington University’s International Studies and Programs. “The networks that we will develop will be fantastic. It’s exciting.”</p><p>CWU was selected as one of just 12 institutions nationwide to participate in the 2015 International Academic Partnership Program.&nbsp; This year’s program, which began last week, forges new relationships between colleges and universities in the United States and Cuba.</p><p>The selection is particularly significant in a new era of mutual collaboration initiated by the two countries with the resumption of diplomatic relations and the opening of embassies in Washington, DC, and Havana on Monday, July 20.</p><p>Stella Moreno, director for CWU’s Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, points out, “Cuba has more than 60 universities that offer undergraduate and graduate programs in the sciences, the arts and humanities, technology, education, and medicine. The combination of USA and Cuban talents will prove alluring for the development of cultural and academic exchanges, and venues of discovery and progress in both countries. There is so much to learn and no time to lose.”</p><p>The Institute of International Education (IIE), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting international education and access to education worldwide, administers the partnership program. Its most well-known endeavor is the Fulbright Program.</p><p>Radwan, who has had interactions with the organization for several years, notes, “The people at IIE are really quite expert at developing the architecture to support university partnerships. It’s then up to us to develop the partnerships.”</p><p>CWU’s Office of International Studies and Programs faculty, students, and administrators will participate in a range of training opportunities this year pertaining to implementation, as the university embarks on creating sustainable educational partnerships with Cuba.</p><p>In addition, the university will establish a campus steering committee to work on partnership development. Mark Auslander, anthropology and museum studies professor and director of the Museum of Culture and Environment, will chair the group, which is scheduled to begin by the end of July.</p><p>“Many faculty at Central are delighted at the prospect of partnering closely with Cuban educational and cultural institutions,” Auslander states. “Our students are fascinated by Cuban literature and the arts, Cuban history, and the complex challenges of democratization and economic reform in the new era.”</p><p>The committee is charged with creating a strategic plan for CWU’s new ventures in Cuba, which could lead to increased diversity among international students coming to Ellensburg.</p><p>Radwan predicts, “I think there will be a huge increase in US government support for Cuban students to study in the United States. This university has a lot to offer.”</p><p>Ken Cohen, director of the International Sustainable Development Institute; Elvin Delgado, director of the Institute for Integrated Energy Studies, and Auslander have been tapped to represent CWU on a trip to the island nation in October. The three faculty members work collaboratively with the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies.</p><p>“I wanted a diverse group of people going and they have very different interests and backgrounds,” says Radwan about those selections. “They’ve already worked in both Central and South America, so it seemed natural.”</p><p>Auslander adds, “We’re eager to learn from our Cuban colleagues and develop opportunities for collaborative learning for our students and [Cuban] students on the island.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, 509-963-1487,</p><p>July 24, 2015</p>CWU to Participate in Forum on Internationalizing College Campuses, 25 Jun 2015 10:48:31<p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; float: left; margin: 7px;">Higher education is one of the top 10 service sector exports for the United State economy. In that regard, universities nationwide, including Central Washington University, play an important role in strengthening ties between the United States and countries around the world.</p><p>Ann Radwan, the executive director of CWU’s International Studies and programs, and Sara Cass, international student recruiter, will participate in the US State Department’s sixth annual <a href="" target="_blank">EducationUSA</a> Forum in Washington DC, June 30 through July 2. Nearly 600 university representatives will attend the forum.</p><p>The discussions will focus on the development of comprehensive and innovative strategies for attracting international students to campuses in the United States, along with the importance of study abroad. International education supports strong economies around the world by providing students with knowledge and skills needed to collaborate and compete in an increasingly global workforce.</p><p>The forum will feature sessions and workshops on traditional and virtual recruiting, improving international student services, handling student visas, accessing foreign government scholarships, and developing partnership for recruiting and retaining international students.</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, 509-963-1487,</p><p>June 24, 2015</p><p>Photo: Dr. Ann Radwan. CWU OISP executive director</p>CWU Names New International Studies Executive Director, 16 Mar 2015 16:37:06<p>&nbsp;</p><table style="width: 500px;" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"><tbody><tr><td style="width: 120px; vertical-align: top;"><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 120px; height: 154px;"></td><td><strong>Ann Bos Radwan, Ph.D.</strong>, has been appointed executive director of CWU's International Studies Program. She comes to CWU from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, where she served as associate vice-president for International Affairs, guiding that institution toward a 2013 NAFSA Paul Simon Award recognizing the college's significant progress toward comprehensive internationalization using innovative and creative approaches.<p>Radwan was executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Cairo, Egypt for more than 20 years and was the Near East/SouthAsia branch chief for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs/United States Information Agency.</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="width: 120px; vertical-align: top;">“CWU offers a wonderful learning environment for international and domestic students,” said Radwan. “I look forward to being part of this dynamic institution and the CWU team.”<br>Radwan holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University and a doctorate in South Asian studies, economics and economic history from the University of Pennsylvania. She will be joining the CWU campus on April 1, 2015.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p></table style="width: 500px;" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"></td style="width: 120px; vertical-align: top;"></td colspan="2" style="width: 120px; vertical-align: top;"></br>CWU Community Comes Together to Mourn Loss of International Students, 05 Dec 2014 14:02:00<p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 120px; height: 93px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> campus community is mourning the loss of two international students who died as the result of a car accident in southern California last Saturday. The two women, and two others who survived the crash, were enrolled at Central Washington University participating in </span>CWU's<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> University English as a Second Language (</span>UESL<span style="line-height: 1.4;">) program.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The students who died as a result of the accident were </span>Yoshiko<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Hirooka<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, of Osaka, Japan, and </span>Saya<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Sonoda<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, from </span>Fukuoka<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, the capital city of </span>Fukuoka<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Injured in the accident were </span>Aimi<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Hayashi<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and Maki </span>Tagawa<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, both from </span>Fukuoka<span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p>CWU President James L Gaudino said the tragedy sent shock waves throughout the close-knit CWU community.</p><p>"We're simply heartbroken. We cannot believe that these beautiful friends, daughters, and students are gone," said Gaudino, who said CWU staff flew to Palm Springs to be with the students shortly after the accident. “Our staff and faculty have been in close contact with the students and their families and we want to extend our heartfelt condolences to them and to friends and family in Japan who mourn this painful loss."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Dean of Student Success Sarah </span>Swager<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> said parents of the students were notified as quickly as possible. While family were on their way to California, Associate Dean Richard </span>DeShields<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and </span>UESL<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Director Sherri Fujita were already in California to help the students with any need.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Meanwhile, students in Ellensburg have reacted with compassion and emotion to the news and are honoring and remember the students in many ways. </span>UESL<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> students have created posters on which friends can write personal messages to the </span>UESL<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> students and their families. On Friday (Dec. 5) at 7:30 pm near Munson Hall in Ellensburg, the campus community will hold a Gathering of Support candle-lighting ceremony to honor all of the girls. Another remembrance ceremony is planned for Saturday afternoon.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">"We have been overwhelmed by the tragedy and by the outpouring of support and love that has--and&nbsp; continues to be--shown to these young women," said </span>Swager<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. "We will do everything we possibly can to help them and their families and friends get through this incredibly difficult and painful time."</span></p><p><em><strong>Media Contact: </strong>Linda Schactler, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-607-4103</em></p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU, IASCO Flight Training Sign Contract for Aviation Degree Program, 04 Dec 2014 15:54:31<p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 448px; height: 320px;"></p><p>After several months of negotiations, IASCO Flight Training (IFT) signed a five-year contract today with Central Washington University to provide flight-training services to CWU aviation students. The contract was signed by CWU Provost Marilyn Levine, on behalf of CWU. IFT was represented by Siubun Chu, a majority shareholder of IFT and the president of Qingdao Jiutian International Flight Academy Co., Ltd.</p><p>“We are very pleased with this contract,” said Chu, who also toured the CWU aviation facilities today. “There are many opportunities for both Chinese and American students at CWU.”</p><p>IFT has been providing flight training for CWU aviation students since October, facilitated through a letter of intent. Today’s signing formalizes their commitment to the university and its students.</p><p>In addition to lowering flight-training costs, the IFT contract includes a safety management system plan that meets industry needs and will bring the aviation program a step closer to specialized accreditation by the Aviation Accreditation Board International.</p><p>Included in the contract is a provision to explore the development of an international studies program at CWU for students associated with the Jiutian International Flight Academy.</p><p>“IFT was intrigued by the opportunities at CWU,” said Marilyn Levine, CWU provost. “Ellensburg's blue skies, strong international studies programs, and excellent aviation program make CWU and IASCO excellent partners in this initiative.”</p><p>CWU’s aviation program enrolls about 100 students annually who collectively fly nearly 6,800 hours per year. The program activity accounts for about 80 percent of takeoffs and landings at Bowers Field in Ellensburg. The contract with IFT, in addition to educating students, is designed to ensure the long-term stability of the program.</p><p>It is estimated that growth in the aviation industry will demand an additional 416,000 new pilots in the next few years, requiring an annual investment in pilot training of approximately $3.5 billion.</p><p>Media Contact: Linda Schactler, Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>CWU Welcomes New Group of Students from Korea, 24 Jan 2014 11:29:25<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Marilyn Levine, Central Washington University's provost and vice president for Academic and Student Life, speaks with a group of Korean students in her office." src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Hyung Min Kim, who goes by Justin, is among a group of 14 students from South Korea that recently arrived at Central Washington University.</p><p>“People are so friendly,” Kim said about the CWU community. “The professors are so passionate.”</p><p>Kim plans to study mechanical engineering and eventually work in the aerospace industry. He hopes to land an internship with Boeing.</p><p>Kim and the rest of his cohort will finish their four-year degrees at CWU as part of the school’s new 1+3 agreement with Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea. The agreement was arranged through the KORUS (Korea-US) Education Institute.</p><p>Chung-Ang University is much busier than CWU, said Kim, who described the Ellensburg campus as cozy and peaceful. He learned English as a 6-year-old thanks to his father’s passion for the language and for studying abroad. “My family loves for me to have a new challenge,” Kim said.</p><p>As part of the 1+3 program, qualified Korean students spend the first year of college in their home country and then finish the last three years in the United States. While studying in Seoul, the students take classes equivalent to CWU general education courses and English as a Second Language courses to prepare them for studying in American classrooms. The arrangement eases their transition to Ellensburg and helps set them up for success.</p><p>“The Korean students help diversify our campus,” said Mike Launius, assistant vice president for International Studies and Programs. “Upping the international exposure is good for all our students and faculty. It’s a real advantage for students in Ellensburg to study alongside people from all over the world. That’s who they’ll be working with and competing with [after college].”</p><p>The 14 Korean students arrived at CWU on January 3 and are in various fields of study, including accounting, theater arts, aviation, marketing, business, education, and psychology.</p><p>“We like that—they’re headed for a wide variety of programs,” Launius said. The students will benefit from a welcoming campus and small-class personalized attention at CWU, he added.</p><p>Marilyn Levine, CWU’s provost and vice president for Academic and Student Life, greeted the students in her office last week. Together they sang a Korean soccer song and enjoyed homemade cookies.</p><p>“It is a special honor and a special joy to welcome you,” Levine told the group. “I am very excited to see you.”</p><p>Levine visited the KORUS office and traveled to Seoul to help arrange the 1+3 agreement between CWU and Chung-Ang University. Launius, who speaks Korean, helped recruit Chung-Ang University students to come to CWU. Bang-Soon Yoon, professor and chair of the CWU Political Science Department, also met with Chung-Ang University students and their parents about the program.</p><p>International students pay full out-of-state tuition of about $19,400 per year. They support the local economy by shopping at Ellensburg businesses.</p><p>Through the program, Korean students gain a global edge by completing their undergraduate work in the United States. They learn English at the native speaker’s level and attain worldwide networking skills.</p><p>“Our goal in bringing them here is to help them succeed,” Launius said. “They’re pretty courageous to make the trip. Their lives will never be the same.”</p><p>The value of studying abroad is being realized more every year. During the 2012-13 academic year, schools in the United States enrolled a record number of international students—819,644 throughout the country, according to the Institute of International Education.</p><p>Washington State is ranked 11th in the nation in terms of its number of foreign students. The state hosted 22,877 foreign students who spent an estimated $643 million statewide in 2013.</p><p>“Washington State is probably one of the most heavily impacted states when it comes to global economics,” Launius said, noting that Ellensburg’s agriculture industry relies heavily on exports. “Our economy, even here in Ellensburg, is connected to trans-Pacific trade.”</p><blockquote><p>To watch KO-AM TV's story about this program, <a href="">click here</a> and look for the Jan. 24 broadcast.</p></blockquote><p><em><strong>Photo:</strong> Marilyn Levine, Central Washington University's provost and vice president for Academic and Student Life, speaks with a group of Korean students in her office. (Rich Villacres / CWU)</em></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"><strong>Media contact: </strong>Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">January 24, 2014</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p style="text-align: center;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Asian Correspondent Touts CWU, 05 Jun 2013 07:32:26<p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 299px; height: 299px; "></p><p>Central Washington University in the northwest United States combines hands-on learning and world-class research to produce internationally leading science programs. Classes are small – alarmingly so for a US public university. Cavernous lecture halls are not part of the student experience here. In fact, the average class holds a mere 25 students.</p><p>Read more from the Asian Correspondent <a href="">here</a>.</p>