Middle East Tour Introduces Webster to Students…and a Prince

| May 13, 2015
International Recruitment and Services

Smith discussed Webster with prospective students and educational leaders in UAE, Qatar (pictured), Bahrain and Jordan.

The calendar may be closing on the 2014-15 academic year, but reaching and recruiting new students to the global citizenship opportunities offered by Webster University is a year-round, worldwide endeavor.

Calvin Smith, director of International Recruitment and Services, was recently selected to participate in the United States Education Group (USEG) tour of the Middle East. Through the tour from March 22-April 2, Smith had the opportunity to visit schools, make U.S. embassy contacts through local Education USA international student advising centers in each country, and conduct a range of fairs and events to engage prospective freshmen, transfer and graduate students.

“This is the most extensive tour of the Middle East that the St. Louis campus has ever undertaken,” Smith said. “The region represents a fantastic opportunity to attract a well-prepared and growing student population. The International Recruitment and Services Office is very excited to have the chance to interact with so many students and important educational leaders in the area.”

International Recruitment and Services

Smith met Prince Hassan of Jordan while at Amman Baccalaureate School.

Locations visited included Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Doha, Qatar; Manama, Bahrain; and Amman, Jordan. Among the highlights were visits to 21 top bilingual international and American high schools, a discussion of student opportunities with the director of the Crown Prince of Bahrain Scholarship Program, and one particular VIP…

“I had the unique opportunity to discuss Webster University with Prince Hassan of Jordan while at Amman Baccalaureate School, which is one of the most recognized secondary schools in the world,” Smith said. “Prince Hassan was there to dedicate a new building on campus.”

Smith estimates that between school visits and fairs, he made contact with over 1,500 students.

“We hope to see many students from the region on campus soon,” he said. “This will augment the University’s growing diversity, while providing an opportunity for Webster to become a recognized educational leader to future students from the Middle East.”

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