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OHIO has a rich history of international education


As the 14th Annual International Education Week quickly approaches (Nov. 12-16), it is important to remember the history of international education at Ohio University.

Ohio University has been, and continues to be, a leader in international education across the country. Approximately 2.25 percent of OHIO's enrolled students participate in a study abroad program – more than double the national average of 1 percent.

In 1896, Ohio University welcomed its first international student, Saki Taro Murayama from Japan. The University's international population has continued to grow since then. As of Sept. 30, there were 1,881 international students, representing more than 100 countries, enrolled at Ohio University. 

According to Ohio University's student data for the 2011-2012 Open Doors survey report, the students who studied abroad the most were undergraduates, females, and enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. OHIO students were more likely to study abroad in the summer, and the top countries visited were the United Kingdom, Spain and Ecuador while 51 other countries were represented. Total OHIO numbers, including graduate students, medical students, international students and participants from other institutions and professional fields, totaled 794.

As the number of international students at Ohio University continues to grow, the partnerships between OHIO and other countries continue to grow. For example, in 1979 Ohio University and the Malaysia government partnered with 38 corporations to establish the Tun Abdul Razak Chair in Southeast Asian Studies – the first endowed chair of its kind established by any American university with support from a foreign government. In that same year, to honor Ohio University's 175th anniversary, Chubu University in Japan donated 175 Yoshino Cherry trees that line the Athens Campus and the Hocking River. Chubu increased that number to 200 trees for OHIO's bicentennial in 2004.

Malaysia, Chubu and the University of Leipzig in Germany make up OHIO's three strategic international partnerships. In 2012, OHIO celebrated the 20th year of its partnership with Leipzig.

A Japanese delegation from Chubu University and a Malaysian delegation of state officials will both be attending various events during Ohio University's International Education Week.

For more information on International Education Week at OHIO or a schedule of events, please visit www.ohio.edu/iew or contact iew@ohio.edu.