Trinity President to visit high schools, university in Asia


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Apr. 1, 2013

Trinity President to visit high schools, university in Asia


Dennis Ahlburg will visit alumni, parents, prospective students, and college counselors to increase awareness of Trinity’s international perspective in India, Singapore, Thailand, and China


Trinity University President Dennis Ahlburg will visit alumni, parents, prospective students, and college counselors to increase awareness of Trinity’s international perspective in India, Singapore, Thailand, and China
Trinity students participate in a summer program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University during the summer of 2012

By Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75  

SAN ANTONIO - Trinity University President Dennis A. Ahlburg travels to Asia in late May on a four-stop tour designed to recruit new students and connect with alumni in this part of the world. With stops scheduled in Delhi, India; Singapore; Bangkok, Thailand; and Shanghai, China, Ahlburg plans to build on the successes of two previous international trips - East Asia in 2011 and Latin America in 2012 - which are already returning dividends with greater alumni engagement and increased enrollment.

"Applications are up - last year and this year - in all Asian cities where the president hosted high school counselor dinners," says Eric Maloof, Trinity's director of International

Trinity University President Dennis Ahlburg will visit alumni, parents, prospective students, and college counselors to increase awareness of Trinity's international perspective in India, Singapore, Thailand, and China
President Ahlburg (center) chats with Trinity students from China 
and India during a reception announcing his upcoming trip to Asia. 
From left to right: Avneesh Newar '16,  Heyne (Lena) Dong '13, 
Yue (Rella) Zhang '13, Irene Fan '15, and Nupur Agaewal '14

Admissions, who will accompany Ahlburg on the trip. International students represent more than seven percent of Trinity's student population and come principally from Asia and Latin America.  The value of having students from nearly 70 different countries enhances the Trinity experience and perspective for all students. "Our students will live and work in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world, Trinity's goal is to help them develop the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective and successful global citizens," says Ahlburg.

Trinity places a high priority on global literacy, incorporating an international focus as one of four major objectives in its strategic plan. More than 45 percent of Trinity students study abroad with China among the top five destinations for this educational opportunity.

Yue (Rella) Zhang '13, a marketing major from Kunming, China, says she always knew she would come to the U.S. to attend college. While enrolled in an international high school in Bangkok, a Trinity representative encouraged her to take a closer look at the University. After doing a little research, Zhang says Trinity's high rankings, low student-to-faculty ratio, and liberal arts curriculum appealed to her. Zhang says her experiences in the classroom, along with involvement in campus organizations such as the International Club, Student Programming Board, and the Trinity Women's Choir, confirmed she made the right choice. She thinks the president's tour says, "Trinity is serious about recruiting students from Asia." 

In Shanghai, the president will also visit Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where several Trinity students will be engaged in a summer program led by business administration professor Dante Suarez. A recent video narrated by Trinity students about the Shanghai Summer Program initiated last year depicts excitement about such programs and how Trinity, as a liberal arts university, is preparing its students for an increasingly interconnected, globalized, and complex world.