by Dick Hage, Coordinator of International and Domestic Admissions
Plymouth State University efforts to engage international recruitment partners around the globe are focused on ethics, quality, and reputation. A United States Consulate public affairs officer in Shanghai advised a group from American universities, “Be sure you know your partners. Your institution is only as ethical as the least ethical partner you have, your quality is only as good as your worst quality partner, and your reputation is only as good as your least reputable partner.”
Following that advice, PSU is pleased to announce our partnership with United Education and Investments (UEI), and the opening of our PSU China Office in Chengdu, China. United Education Investments professionals have offices in both the U.S. and China, and more than a century of combined experience of dedicated commitment to their students.
In the accompanying photo, from left to right, U.S. Consulate General, Chengdu Education Specialist Lily Li and Chief Consular Officer Gregory Marcus pause for a picture with PSU China Office Executive Director Dan Plaut and Vice Executive Director, Misha Cao during a joint presentation on U.S. higher education and student visa policies. Such activity is emblematic of what Dan, Misha, and the UEI team do in support of PSU.
Following last October’s visit to Plymouth, Dan and Misha said of PSU, “Our time there, most especially our interaction with you all, did nothing but augment our previous belief that PSU is a very special place … and thus an institution with which we would very much like to be, and look forward to, working with very closely.
Dan and Misha will visit Plymouth again this spring, working with faculty and staff to advance plans for the development of PSU partnerships with Chinese high schools and universities; utilizing long-term, integrated or short-term, intensive U.S. higher education preparation programs, including programs for Chinese students pursuing 2+2, 3+1 and other joint-degree programs.
Our PSU China Office is already engaged in the development of promotion campaigns to recruit and screen prospective Chinese students for study here in Plymouth. United Education Investments is one of 16 formal international recruiting partnerships developed through the PSU Admission Office over the past 15 months, and is unique among them in establishing a Plymouth State University office abroad.
For more on this topic, see “International Recruiting Partnerships.”