October 30, 2007

Sacramento State promotes U.S. higher
education to international students

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Photo: Darshinee Patel, a graduate student in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, was one of three students interviewed for film segments to be aired on Indian television encouraging college students to study in the U.S.
Darshinee Patel, a graduate student in electrical and electronic engineering, was one of three students interviewed for film segments to be aired on Indian television encouraging college students to study in the U.S.

As part of an effort by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State to promote American higher education to India, Sacramento State students will participate in a multimedia campaign showcasing higher education opportunities in the United States. The University was one of 12 campuses nationwide chosen to participate in the campaign. Filming will take place on campus throughout the day Wednesday, Oct. 31.
           
The purpose of the campaign, titled the U.S. Electronic Education Fair for India, is to inform Indian students of the wide variety of higher education opportunities available to them in the United States. India is one of the largest student markets in the world, and Sacramento State students will provide interviews for television spots that will air in the Indian market and on the Internet.
           
Alex Feldman, senior advisor to the undersecretary for international trade, says, “We want to give Indian students, parents and teachers a perspective on American education that they didn’t have before. We chose Sacramento State because of its diverse student population, and its geographic location represents this region of the country well. It allows us to present a balanced and interesting view of American higher education.”

Mike Lee, associate vice president for Academic Programs, says, “This filming project helps Sacramento State present our strengths and beauty to India, a fast growing country, and Indian students who are considering completing their academic degrees in the United States. The U.S. Department of Commerce has been promoting American universities as ideal destinations for higher learning for students all over the world. We are pleased to be a part of the effort.”
           
The initiative is a result of the January 2006 University Presidents’ Summit on International Education, organized by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, to strengthen international education and emphasize its importance to the national interest.

For more information or media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.