The Welcome Mat is Out

Drew just got a little bit bigger—in fact it’s growing to include more of the planet.

Thanks to an agreement between Drew and INTO University Partnerships signed by Drew President Vivian A. Bull this week, the university is expanding its role as a leader in global education.

From its headquarters in Britain and San Diego, INTO pairs students from around the world with universities in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia.

The Drew partnership will be called INTO New York at Drew University.

Drew is INTO’s latest partner and only private, liberal arts university to join with the firm in the United States. INTO already has successful partnerships with other American universities, including Oregon State University, University of South Florida, Colorado State University, Marshall University and George Mason University.

“The INTO partnership is an exciting venture for the Drew community and helps us build on our longstanding international programs at home and abroad, including launching the first United Nations Semester in the country in 1962,” says Bull. “Inviting more international undergraduates to join the Drew community offers the rest of the student body the opportunity to learn with, and from, their global peers, giving them an advantage in a highly connected world.”

The first group of approximately qualified 130 international students is expected to enroll at Drew this fall, joining the nearly 50 who are already here from 21 countries. By the five-year mark, Drew is planning to have as many as 500 on campus.

Nearly 100 recruitment counselors from countries including Turkey, China, Kazakhstan and Brazil visited Drew in February. They toured campus, visited classes, met professors and took the train to New York City with faculty and staff to see the places where Drew students learn in Manhattan.

Those counselors will share the learning opportunities available at Drew with students around the world. This partnership comes at a time when record numbers of international students are studying in the United States.

International students already have started applying to Drew, says Mark Kopenski, Drew’s vice president of enrollment management. He expects to see a steady stream of applications now that INTO New York at Drew University has been formally launched.

“This partnership builds on Drew’s long commitment to global education for all its students in significant ways,” says Christopher Taylor, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Globalization is always at its best when it’s a genuine two-way process. Drew will now become an even more vibrant nexus of global learning.”

“It will be the place where students come to learn about the world,” says Taylor, “and where the world comes to learn.”—Liz Moore