think: international CWRU Newsletter, May 22, 2015

  • Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies Wins Award
  • Nearly 400 International Students Graduate in Class of 2015


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Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies Recognized for Educational Efforts

The Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies was honored at a ceremony on May 18th, 2015 at the City Club of Cleveland for receiving the 2015 Niagara Peace and Dialogue Education Award.  The Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies was created by local faculty from many area universities, including faculty from CWRU, to enhance the teaching and research of the modern Middle East on our campuses and in our community. 

Each year, the Niagara Foundation recognizes efforts of individuals and groups for their work in promoting social cohesion by fostering civic conversations and sustained relationships between people of different cultures and faiths.  Pete Moore, Professor of Political Science and one of the CWRU associated faculty members for the consortium, said, “We are honored to receive the Niagara Foundation’s Education Award for 2015. It not only recognizes our educational efforts over the last several years, but the honor comes from a prominent local organization dedicated to many of our community goals.” 

Zach Arace, a CWRU graduate who spent all four of his years as a student working on the consortium project and who was present at the awards ceremony, shared, “Informing people about often distant issues and events not only made us feel good, but builds a more aware and more understanding Cleveland.”

 The Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies has brought more than 30 scholars and intellectuals to our region and remains committed to cultivating dialogue.


Nearly 400 International Students Graduate in the class of 2015

The Center for International Affairs is pleased to report that nearly 400 international students graduated in the class of 2015 at the May 17th annual commencement ceremonies  (an increase of 25% from 2014).

A few days before the official ceremony, international students gathered for the inaugural International Student Graduation Celebration hosted by the Center for International Affairs where they heard remarks from special guest City of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and had the opportunity to ask the Mayor questions.  Students took a celebratory group picture with Mayor Jackson and will also receive a certificate of congratulations from his office.

If this new class of graduates follows similar paths as their predecessors, approximately 30% are expected to pursue an advanced course of study and over 60% have secured or are in negotiation for an internship or full-time employment.  The international student graduates represent over 30 countries, all degree levels, and all the seven schools and the Colleges
The Center for International Affairs congratulates the entire class of 2015.




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