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PMU in Texas: TIEC Hosts 44 Saudi Arabian Students in New Study Abroad Partnership

The Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University (PMU) in Saudi Arabia sent its first cohort of students to the newly-launched “PMU in Texas” study abroad program at the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC). 

Forty-four co-ed students arrived in October for the 10-week study abroad program, designed for PMU preparation year students to measurably improve their language skills, earn college credit, and have a cultural experience in Texas.
Upon successful completion of these preparatory courses and the Intensive English Program, the students will return home and begin substantive courses at PMU. Although they are PMU students, they have not entered in their credit-bearing programs yet, according to Heather Farmakis, PhD, Senior Director of Global Learning at TIEC.  
“This is a unique opportunity for students from Saudi Arabia to accelerate their English learning, and prepare for college,” Dr. Farmakis said. “Although students will be immersed in US culture, we are making sure they have what they need to feel at home and welcome."

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TIEC Takes on Youth Entrepreneurship in Panama

The Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) has signed an agreement with the U.S. Embassy in Panama to conduct a two-week intensive entrepreneurship program for youth ages 16-21 in the province of Colon, Panama. Local organizations, working with the U.S. Embassy in Panama, including Fundacion Amanaceres, will select 40 participants for the program. Drawing on our multi-institutional resources, we will work with Texas university faculty to design and deliver the instructional components.

The program will be conducted in Colon, Panama to ensure high impact, efficiency, and collaboration with organizations serving youth in the region.

“I am so pleased to announce that the Texas International Education Consortium is gearing up to do a program in country in Panama later this year on youth entrepreneurship,” said TIEC President and CEO Robin J. Lerner. “Taking our Consortium educators to Panama is our first effort to go to where the needs are.”

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Fostering a Globally Competent Community: #WhyTIEC feature on Dr. Sukant Misra of Texas Tech University

At Texas Tech University, an active event calendar and more than 40 international student organization help non-U.S. students adjust to life in West Texas while making connections on campus and in the Lubbock community. 

International enrollment at the university has grown nearly 35 percent since 2013. Its 3,103 international students currently represent 120 countries around the world, and as of 2017, the university boasts its standing as one of the best values for international students with a No. 11 ranking from College Factual Best U.S. College and Universities for International Students.

It is thanks to Dr. Sukant Misra and his team that international continues to thrive at Texas Tech. As the Vice Provost for International Affairs, his responsibilities encompass all functions of the Office of International Affairs, including International Enrollment Development (international recruitment, international undergraduate admissions, international student life, sponsored students), Study Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, International Research and Development (research collaborations, grants administration, international partnerships, and export control administration), and so much more.

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Special Program:
TIEC to Offer Intensive English and Conference Tickets During Austin SXSW EDU Festival

The Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) is offering a special program for Austin’s 2019 South By Southwest Education conference (SXSW EDU). Founded in 1987, the annual SXSW Austin conference and festival brings more than 289,000 people from over 102 countries around the world to the capital of Texas every March.

“This year we want to offer students and educators not only the chance to attend this prolific conference, but to use it as an opportunity to study English with the most experienced intensive English program in the State of Texas,” said TIEC Vice President Ryan Buck, PhD. “I can’t think of a better time to visit Austin and practice your English than during SXSW.” 

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals in education, film, art, music, and more. According to SXSW’s Economic Report, “the event has annually provided a broad base of diverse industry professionals unparalleled opportunity to share their visions with one another.”

The cost of the three-week program is $2,575 per person and is designed for visiting groups of 10 or more. It runs from February 25th, 2019 and finishes on March 17th.

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TIEC joins forces with other international organizations in Austin for networking event

In an effort to foster a connection with the greater international community in Austin, the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) is coming together to host a networking happy hour to get to know each other and celebrate international efforts.
“There are so many great organizations in Austin, and Texas, with internationally focused missions, and so we wanted an excuse to bring everyone in the same room to share ideas and inspire one other,” said TIEC President and CEO Robin J. Lerner, J.D. “We are thrilled at the response we’ve gotten and hope this event proves to be the first of many.”
The event will take place on Wednesday, November 28th from 5PM – 7PM and will be hosted at TIEC’s headquarters on 1103 West 24th Street. Drinks and appetizers will be provided as well as the opportunity to learn more about several international organizations in the Texas capital city.
The event is free and open to the public, and is being co-sponsored by Texas International Education Consortium, Austin Sister Cities InternationalAlliance Abroad GroupSimply InternationalWorld Affairs Council of Austin, and GlobalAustin.
RSVPs are required for this event, and limited space is available.
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