Between January 17-February 1, 2017, Dr. Lee A. Farrow, Distinguished Teaching Professor in History and Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, traveled to Russia to recruit students to attend AUM. Sponsored by AUM’s Office of Global Initiatives, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost’s Office, Farrow participated in five college fairs organized by Education USA, a program affiliated with the American Embassy in Moscow. Farrow and several other college representatives recruited students in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, and Vladivostok, and served as panelists in group discussions, offering Russian students advice on how to apply to and succeed in American universities. There was a great deal of interest in AUM, particularly because the Office of Global Initiatives has created new scholarships targeting Russian students, as well as students from other target countries. Farrow reported that, in general, there is a growing interest in Russian families to send their children to study abroad, and the various representatives of the American Embassy and Consulates that she met emphasized their support for any programs and scholarships that help Russians meets those goals. These State Department representatives all described these endeavors as part of a larger mission to create better relations between our two countries.
-Submitted by Dr. Lee A. Farrow