Chapman University’s
Dr. Hesham El-Askary
, associate professor in the university’s Schmid College of Science and Technology will participate in the U.S. Department of State’s sixth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington D.C. From June 30 through July 2, 575 university representatives and more than 60 EducationUSA regional educational experts and advisers from around the world will convene to discuss strategies for attracting international students to U.S. campuses, and the importance of study abroad.

“Chapman University’s main mission is to help students to become global citizens,” said Dr. El-Askary. “Not only do international students bring this global citizenship into practice but they also enrich the lives of their faculty and their fellow students. Given the current world developments, we owe it to our local students to think globally and become comfortable in an international environment; and having international students in our universities plays a key role in this.”

Dr. Hesham El-Askary

Sessions and workshops at the Forum will focus on traditional as well as virtual recruiting strategies, improving international student services on U.S. campuses, handling student visa issues, accessing foreign government scholarships, and partnering with EducationUSA advising centers around the world to develop comprehensive and innovative strategies for recruiting and retaining international students.

Colleges and universities, including Chapman University, play an important role in strengthening ties between the United States and countries around the world. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partners with accredited U.S. colleges and universities to help maintain the United States as the world’s top destination for international students and scholars, and to promote diversity in international education.

“As a former international student myself, I have to say that the opportunities that were offered to me and the research that I was able to do at the American universities helped shape my reputation as an international scholar,” continued Dr. El-Askary. “As Chapman University moves to national stature, our programs move with it. The support, infrastructure and resources that we are investing in the Computational and Data Sciences program for our international students make our program ready for deserving and exceptional students to join.”

International education supports strong economies around the world by providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to compete and collaborate in the global workforce. Higher education remains one of the top ten service sector exports for the U.S. economy.

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For more information on the Education USA Forum, contact the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at

Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University provides a uniquely personalized and interdisciplinary educational experience to highly qualified students. Our programs encourage innovation, creativity and collaboration, and focus on developing global citizen-leaders who are distinctively prepared to improve their community and their world.

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