Brazil is the next stop on Western Michigan University’s conquest to be a globally-engaged university.
WMU announced being one of 14 institutions that will participate in the Institute for International Education’s Academic Partnership Program in Brazil, which aims to connect WMU with Brazilian colleges and universities.
Representatives from each institution will participate in a yearlong series of training activities and will go on a study tour in spring 2013 to meet with potential partner campuses for degree and research opportunities in Brazil.
The Institute for International Education, a non-profit educational and exchange organization, released the 2012 Open Doors Report on Monday, which found the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States and the number of American students abroad are both at an all-time high.
“At a time when Brazil’s economy is expanding rapidly, and Brazil and the United States are forging unprecedented ties in trade, energy and scientific development, we look to higher education as another area where our two countries should seek much stronger cooperation,” says IIE’s President and CEO Allan E. Goodman.
Western Michigan University was not included in any major rankings like Kalamazoo College or Michigan State University, but did see the amount of international students on campus grow by 12.9 percent last year. Enrollment in WMU’s Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) increased by nearly 60-percent to 254 full-time students this fall.
Currently, the bulk of WMU international students come from China, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Brazil and Iraq and WMU recently signed a new dual degree agreement with Anadolu University in Eskiehir, Turkey for civil and industrial engineering students.