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K-State Today

November 18, 2015



Celebration of International Education awardees

By Mary K. Pyle

Our university is striving to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025 and a key component to this goal is increasing our engagement with the international community. This fall, K-State welcomed 2,058 international students to the Manhattan campus representing more than 100 countries and last year more than 700 students participated in an international experience abroad.

Please join the Kansas State University community at 4 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Tadtman Boardroom in the K-State Alumni Center to celebrate the individuals who help the university engage with the international community. Provost April Mason will present K-State's 2015 International Education Awards:

  • 2015 International Educator of the Year awarded to: Charles W. Rice
  • 2015 Outstanding Support for International Initiatives: K-State Alumni Association
  • 2015 Innovative Education Program of the Year: Comite Paraguay Kansas

The International Educator of the Year Award was first established in 2003 in the provost's office to recognize one faculty, staff, administrator or other member of the K-State community for his or her major contributions and sustained commitment to advancing international education at K-State.

More than 95 percent of the world's population lives outside the U.S. Kansas State University faculty and students have many choices to explore global avenues as a result of international efforts by outstanding individuals committed to engaging with global cultures.

"The financial contribution from international students at Kansas State University supports 817 jobs and brings in a total of $62.2 million to our community," said Marcelo Sabates, associate provost for international programs. "In addition, our international students add extraordinary academic and diverse contributions to our campus community."

Each year, the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers, or NAFSA, produces a detailed regional, state-by-state, and congressional district analysis on the economic benefits of spending by international students and their dependents to the U.S. economy.

"The economic contributions of international students are in addition to the immeasurable academic and cultural value these students bring to campuses and local communities," said Rachel Banks, director of public policy at the association. "International students studying at U.S. colleges and universities contribute $30.5 billion and support 373, 381 jobs to the U.S. economy."

Research indicates that for every seven international students enrolled, three U.S. jobs are created and supported by spending occurring in the higher education, accommodation, dining, retail, transportation, telecommunications and health insurance sectors according to U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Institute of International Education for the 2014-2015 academic year

The National Association of Foreign Student Advisers was founded in 1948 as the to promote the professional development of U.S. college and university officials responsible for assisting and advising the 25,000 foreign students who had come to study in the United States after World War II. Read a more detailed analysis by the association's International Student Economic Value Tool.