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"Global Ties US" featured Pace University's President Marvin Krislov's Forbes op-ed in "Why international students are good for universities and America"

03/28/2019

"Global Ties US" featured Pace University's President Marvin Krislov's Forbes op-ed in "Why international students are good for universities and America"

In this op-ed for the Forbes, Marvin Krislov discussed how international students benefit from an education in the United States, as well as how international students can bring diverse perspectives into American colleges and universities.

I recently moderated a round-table conversation between international students at Pace University and our local Assembly member, Yuh-Line Niou. It was a chance for the legislator to meet some of our students and to learn about the opportunities and challenges they've faced while studying here. Some of the topics were light—a Vietnamese student expressed amazement at the American habit of haphazardly pulling a business card from a pants pocket, compared to the much more studied presentation in Asia, while a Brazilian student noted the negative reaction here to her local custom of greeting professional colleagues with a friendly kiss on the cheek.

These students also spoke more seriously about the benefits of an education in the United States. There's a more open social environment here, they said, more educational opportunities, more interaction with and mentorship from faculty and staff. A student from Eastern Europe praised the kinds of informal interactions with professors that are so common in the United States but not, she said, in her country. These students gain tremendously from the chance to experience our culture, learn from our experts, and connect with America's global leaders in industry, research, activism.