Admissions officers from 18 international colleges and universities based in the United States of America, Canada, Spain and Japan visit Zimbabwe this week where they will meet high school students interested in international studies at college fairs hosted in Bulawayo and Harare.
The visiting admissions officers will meet students at the Harare International School in Mount Pleasant on Friday October 23 between 9.30 am and 11.30 am. They meet students at Christian Brothers College in Bulawayo on Thursday October 22nd between 2.30 pm and 4 pm. Entry to both events is free and open to A level students, their parents and educators.
Most of the universities are from the United States and include Calvin College, Western Michigan & Michigan State University in Michigan, Clark University in Massachusetts; Concord University in West Virginia; Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Tampa in Florida; Foothill and De Anza Colleges in California; Goucher College in Maryland; Lehigh University in Pennsylvania; St Edwards University in Texas; St Olaf College in Minnesota; Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and the State University of New York at Plattsburg.
The United States is home to more than 4,000 internationally accredited colleges and universities. The diverse universities provide both depth and breadth of study through the liberal arts and science philosophy of education. A large percentage of those who pursue U.S. studies from Zimbabwe do so with full or substantial scholarships based on for their academic, artistic or sporting talent. There are just over 1,200 Zimbabwean students enrolled at various American universities and colleges with the number having increased 10% last year.
The admissions officers from the American universities and colleges will be joined by their counterparts from Carleton University and Ryerson University based in Canada; IE University in Segova, Spain and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan.
During the two fairs, high school students will learn about the admissions processes to these international colleges and what these institutions offer in terms of academic studies alongside internship and study abroad opportunities, sporting and cultural extracurricular activities.
International education is increasingly seen as the primary means by which countries are able to bridge the cultural and linguistic divides that exist within and between them. It is seen as a way of fostering young people to become effective global leaders with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for other people, other cultures, other religions, and other geographies- ZimPAS