‘Siam University pledges to explore options and develop a cost friendly package for a summer exchange program for U.S. students, to increase the number U.S. exchange students and create more collaboration with U.S. partners for faculty & student exchanges & transfers, and research’.
29 April 2015–Siam University has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans to gain international experience through study abroad programs. This is one of more than 450 new commitments announced by IIE.
IIE’s Generation Study Abroad seeks to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. “In the past, hosting students from the U.S. has been in small numbers, and we are seeking to change this trend.”
Under the new partnership, Siam University will take concrete, action-oriented steps to expand opportunities for study abroad and is committed to achieve the following goals:
- Explore an alternative summer semester that correlates closer with the U.S. University summer sessions.
- Devise a special summer package with a price that will include tuition, room rental, cultural trips, and special unique activities to provide a truly diverse cultural experience.
- To achieve the goal of 25 U.S. students per summer within the next 10 years to attend the Siam University summer exchange program.
- Use the Generation Study Abroad organization as a tool in creating more relationships with U.S. Universities and to create more MOUs for further collaboration of students, faculty, and research.
- Develop a student committee to be in place as a peer support system for the arrival of U.S. students coming to Thailand, as well as settling in and providing basic information to assist with the culture changes. These student mentors will be available to the U.S. student for the entire duration of their stay in Thailand, and the U.S. students will be provided with a Siam University staff member’s contact information in case of emergencies.
“Our global community is becoming much smaller, and now it is even more imperative to work together and share the experiences of a true international community with our youth in order to provide the wisdom for a better future.” – Pornchai Mongkonvanit, President, Siam University
As of November 2014, Generation Study Abroad partners to date include over 300 colleges and universities of all sizes and types across the country and around the world, as well as 13 governments, 16 education associations, 67 international partners, and 56 study abroad, K-12, and social network organizations who have committed to specific goals to increase the number of U.S. students studying abroad. Commitments include actions to diversity the population of students who participate in study abroad and provide additional financial resources to make this possible.
IIE launched Generation Study Abroad early this year in the belief that the number and proportion of today’s students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point in their academic career, according to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange published by IIE with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad so that the annual total reported will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade.
“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” says Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”
About Generation Study Abroad
IIE’s Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase study abroad participation by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities and resources to tens of thousands of college students whose needs are not currently served by existing programs. Generation Study Abroad will sustain an ongoing dialogue about the need for more students from all backgrounds and in all fields to gain international experience. This will include research to identify and break down barriers hindering students from studying abroad, communications to share strategies and best practices to increase study abroad, and fundraising to mobilize additional financial resources. IIE will also hold a Summit on Generation Study Abroad on October 1-2, 2015 to engage stakeholders in higher education and all commitment partners.
About Siam University
Currently, Siam University is ranked as 5th largest among private institutions in Thailand and 3rd for the number of students in the international programs. Siam University is home to over 15,000 students over 12 colleges, and has placed over 80,000 graduates into Thailand and the International workforce. Please visit www.inter.siam.edu for more informational and application procedure.
About the Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.