Webster Welcomes International Educators, NAFSA to St. Louis

| May 23, 2013
Webster University welcomes NAFSA international educators to St. Louis at its downtown Old Post Office location and the home campus in Webster Groves.

Webster welcomes NAFSA international educators to St. Louis at its downtown Old Post Office location and the home campus in Webster Groves.

More than 8,000 international university and college presidents, provosts, professors, administrators and policy experts from approximately 120 countries will be meeting in St. Louis May 26-31 for an annual, six-day NAFSA conference that focuses on the globalization of higher education.

With 10,000 members worldwide, NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education, and its annual conference is the largest gathering of professionals in international education.

As a global university, Webster University is an annual participant in this conference and is this year’s lead sponsor.

International educators, including many representatives from Webster as well as member institutions in Webster’s WINS affiliate network, will share insights, data and new trends impacting higher education around the world. The week features more than 200 sessions and workshops, as well as keynote speeches by Nobel Peace Prize winners Kofi Annan and Oscar Arias, and former U.S. Marine and peace activist Rye Barcott.

Webster University President Beth Stroble also will speak during the conference, which has booked nearly every hotel room in the downtown St. Louis area.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Center estimates conference attendees have booked nearly 23,000 hotel room nights during the event, which will have an economic impact on the region of roughly $15.7 million, including hotel rooms, restaurant tabs, entertainment and transportation.

“St. Louis is the natural city to host this event because it’s at the center of the contiguous United States, and also happens to be the epicenter of international education in the U.S.,” said Julian Schuster, provost and senior vice president at Webster University. “Webster University has been in the forefront of international education with campuses on four continents, and students from 148 countries.”

Webster Presents, Hosts, and Welcomes International Educators to St. Louis

Webster representatives will present throughout the conference, with faculty and staff presenting on topics such as the Global Citizenship Program, internationalizing the curriculum, models of success in transnational education, using technology and social media, and emerging countries in international education.

Webster will host visitors at its exhibit #813-815 throughout the week, with performers on each day including the Gorlok (Tuesday), the calligraphy of Jimmy Liu through the Webster University Confucius Institute and the Lion Dance from the Nine Dragon Academy (Wednesday), and chess exhibitions for international visitors by Webster chess head coach Susan Polgar and some of her national champion players.

Webster also will be hosting events at the Old Post Office downtown campus location for NAFSA attendees in conjunction with Maryville University on May 30. It will host international university presidents and other VIPs at a St. Louis Cardinals-Kansas City Royals game during the week.

And on Tuesday morning, special conference guests will be on the home campus in Webster Groves for a campus tour and visits with various Webster personnel.

Scheduled keynote speakers are:

  • Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Laureate, May 28, 4:00 – 5:30 pm.
  • Oscar Arias, two-time Costa Rica President and Nobel Peace Laureate, May 31, 12:00 – 1:30 pm.
  • Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, world renowned brain surgeon and former migrant farm worker, May 29, 4:00 – 5:30 pm.
  • Rye Barcott, founder of Carolina for Kibera, peace activist, and former marine, May 30, 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

Read more about Webster’s participation at webster.edu, and look for stories from the conference throughout the week there and in Webster Today.

For more information about the keynote and other speakers, click on www.nafsa.org/ac13guestspeakers.

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