Beirut: US University Fair Exhibition

Posted: March 6, 2010 in Miscellaneous Reports

Student Exibition

By Weam Al Dakheel

The US Educational Group has arranged US University Fair exhibition on Tuesday, in Movenpick Hotel, Beirut where learners can meet with international student admissions officials and communicate face-to-face with them about studying in the US. This provides cross-cultural capability for Arab students seeking twenty-first century skills through international high standard education.
USEG is seeking to assist young men and women in the Arab world in experiencing higher education level that will lead them to a successful career in the future. The group is staffed by Arabic-speaking educators experienced both in the Arab world and in the United States, such as Abdullah Bokhari, Professor of Architecture in King Abdul-Aziz University and Musa Subbak, 
Professor of Mathematics in Applied Science University.

The U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Michele J. Sison who attended the US University Fair is a big supporter of education as he presented a check, on Monday, for $457,475 to the American University of Beirut (AUB) providing them with scholarships to students. The United States has supplied AUB this year over $2.3 million in scholarship’s cost support. 740 students were able to qualify regarding their financial need, from all over Lebanon.

Many students have attended the exhibition from different schools, institutions, colleges, and universities here in Lebanon. The majorities were seeking a new challenge in the US, and curious about the American culture that is beyond the screening images we receive via visual communications. Natalie Gharibeh, a student from AUB said: “ I came here to ask, getting to know about universities in the US, where I am looking forward to spend some exciting years in doing my biology masters somewhere in the states.”
To have a chance, and then to choose where to study in the US is like choosing where would you like to have dinner amongst the best Italian restaurants in the world. There are more than 4,300 colleges and universities in the US, any one of which can offer excellent educational services, high academic courses, programs, faculty, and a range of social and academic environments. Diablo Valley College (DVC) -one of the participators in the exhibition- offers 2 years of excellent academics level and two years at any of California universities such as UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbra and UC Santa Cruz. In addition, DVC is consistently rated as number 1 in transferring students to UC Berkeley, and has transfer agreements with all 23 California State Universities with tuition fees of $5,000 per academic year, which is among the lowest tuition fees in the US. “ Lower cost, means better value” Brian Davey, International Student Advisor commented.

While Ahmad Sabri, a student who was applying for DVC said: “ we students who are studying and paying lower tuition fees can save thousands of dollars that will help us later, compared to starting at a four-year university and paying huge amounts of money while at the same time having the same or similar quality of education.”

The US Educational Group fairs around the Arab and Western world have shown that students are interested in reading articles about universities, American life style, exciting student stories and more about universities lifestyle in general. Therefore, they published Al-Jamiat magazine that includes editorial contents and interesting articles, both English and Arabic to attract students not only from the Middle East but also Asia, Eastern Europe and North Africa to discover their self-endowment in the United State of America.

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