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Garett Heysel visits Suzhou University in ChinaGarett Heysel is learning more about Ohio State’s connections in China while visiting many of the universities in which Ohio State’s partners in study abroad during his nine-day stay in the world’s most populous country. Heysel, assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, is traveling to Shanghai, Nanjing, Chengdu and Beijing to better acquaint himself with Ohio State’s higher education partners in China and to potentially identify new collaborative opportunities that will enhance students’ international experiences.

A visit to Shanghai put Heysel in touch with leadership at East China Normal University and Suzhou University. One of Ohio State’s newest study abroad programs focuses on the history of Shanghai over a 300-year-period and incorporates Chinese language instruction through East China Normal University, helping students take the first steps toward cultural and linguistic independence. Suzhou University is the location of Ohio State’s widely recognized Chinese Flagship program, which offers intensive Chinese language instruction.


Dean Williams at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China

A seven-day visit to China, including stops in Shanghai, Guangzhou Xi'an, Shaanxi and Beijing, is how David Williams, dean of the College of Engineering, spent the first week of December. Williams traveled to China to strengthen university and industry partnerships, meet with alumni and explore new collaborative opportunities with leading corporations.

Williams met with university partners at Beihang University and Shanghai JiaoTong University (SJTU), where he gave a talk about the College of Engineering’s expanding cooperative engineering programs with SJTU. Another visit and meetings with Xi’an JiaoTong University and IBM China provided additional insight about a joint data analytics center in Xi’an, China, and Williams shared information about the College of Engineering’s work in data analytics.


The Ohio State University is ranked in the top 10 nationally among doctoral institutions for the number of students studying abroad and is in the top 15 for its international student enrollment, according to a national report released today.

Ohio State ranks 7th among the nation’s colleges and universities with 2,255 students studying abroad in 2012-13, a 31 percent increase over the previous year. Ohio State ranks 2nd in the nation for the number of students participating in short-term programs with 2,139 studying abroad for one to eight weeks during the academic year. Of those students studying on short-term programs, 447 were first and second year students.

Ohio State ranks 14th in the nation with 6,800* international students enrolled in 2013, an increase of five percent.

These findings were issued as part of the 2014 Open Doors Report, an annual survey published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


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