Baruch’s Weissman School of Arts & Sciences hosted a visit on December 7 by nine Afghan higher education officials as part of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The educators sought information on a range of topics involving higher education in the U.S., particularly graduate degree programs for international students.
Entitled, “University Administration in the U.S.,” the project provides an opportunity for foreign educators to explore American models of higher education at public and private institutions. The program examines curriculum development, accreditation, recruitment, grading, and the financial management and funding of institutions, as well as financial aid for students.
Representing various universities in Afghanistan, the educators met with James McCarthy, Baruch College provost and senior vice president of academic affairs; Terrence F. Martell, a professor of finance and director of the Weissman Center for International Business; Manfred Phillip, Professor and Chair of Lehman College’s Department of Chemistry who also serves as the Chair of the CUNY Faculty Senate and as the designated Faculty Member of the CUNY Board of Trustees; Richard Mitten, director of Baruch ’s study abroad program; and Lene Skou, deputy director of the Weissman Center for International Business.
“Baruch has an advantage in its goal of providing a global education,” explained Provost McCarthy, “because we have a truly global student body; 100 different languages are spoken by our students, including Arabic. Our campus is like a small United Nations.”
Most of the educators’ questions focused on the qualifications for Ph.D. candidacy and the issues facing international students seeking degrees in the U.S., such as procuring visas and obtaining financial aid.
“Thank you for speaking with us, we have gained valuable knowledge, which we will share with our countrymen,” said one member, speaking on behalf of the delegation via a translator.
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