VALPARAISO | Hoping to expand its presence in the global education marketplace, Valparaiso University is partnering with Lumenus USA to create the Lumenus USA Center for Global Leadership at Valparaiso University.
"We see this partnership as a natural evolution of Valparaiso University's long-term commitment to creating a truly international campus," Michael Joseph, vice president for enrollment management, said.
"From the partnership with the Confucius Institute to our relationship with Zhejiang University in Hangzhou to our recent recognition as one of the 10 most innovative colleges in foreign language studies, we are committed to an environment that not only supports but celebrates the value of global citizenship," Joseph said.
The new center will provide international high school graduates with a comprehensive transition program to prepare them for success at any university in the U.S. They will live on campus with dormitory "moms" providing supervision, and they will have structured extracurricular activities.
The nine-month program will include intensive study in the English language with university instructors along with classes on how to develop an openness and empathy to other cultures so they will feel comfortable living in the U.S. or any other country. They also will learn basic skills for living and going to school away from home, everything from managing a checkbook to time management, along with professional skills.
Lumenus USA also will bring in executives from multi-national corporations to meet with the students, network and provide career insights. Along with classroom instruction, a team of staff mentors will work with the students in and out of the classroom, helping them navigate the social and cultural differences they will encounter.
"Lumenus USA is focused on preparing international students to not just survive but to thrive in their college experience and providing a firm foundation for their professional careers," Lumenus USA Chief Executive Officer Erik Froelich said.
Mayor Jon Costas, founder and Lumenus USA board director, said, "Our city celebrates the growing international impact of Valparaiso University and has many ways to make students not only feel welcome but to become engaged members of our community. We welcome these bright, young scholars with open arms and promise their families we will treat them as our own."
VU has an enrollment of almost 4,000 students from most states and more than 50 countries. Costas said in a previous interview the new center could host 50 to 100 students in the coming year.