A federal certification awarded to the Central New Mexico Community College now authorizes the institution to accept overseas students. It has been aimed to have 50 overseas students for the first fall semester that commences in August 2017.
The officials of the institution have said that overseas students will not only enhance the revenue of the college but also increase the relevance of education for the institution based at Albuquerque.
Executive Director of Central New Mexico Community College Global Education office Diane Burke has said that international competency is a skill for the 21st century.
The conventional student population of the institution that is 84% from Albuquerque can now get educated parallel with and benefit from students across the world, added the Executive Director.
It is a chance to have overseas students as a part of their campus and as well as a part of the teams said Burke and informed that the native students of the college will also have now have the opportunity to study overseas.
According to the information shared by the Institute of International Education in the last academic year almost 95, 000 overseas students were enrolled in the American community colleges.
Central New Mexico Community College has been working in the last years on enhancing the proficiency of its English language courses as well as discussing with the faculty members to internationalize the classroom ambiance with increased discussions focused in the global context.
Central New Mexico Community College can now accept overseas students through the M and F student visas. It has also formulated a process of application for the overseas students. The college is also collaborating with the University of New Mexico to explore possibilities of utilizing the unused dormitory in the university.
The efforts to accept overseas students were kept on hold by the college until it received clearance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security though several overseas students had started to express interest for enrolling in the college even earlier, said Burke.
The institution has already received 350 inquiries from overseas students.
The certification received by Central New Mexico Community College is however during troubled times. A recent research has revealed that around 40% of the universities in the US are witnessing a decline in the admission of the overseas students, especially from the nations in the Middle East. It was also disclosed by the UNM that overseas student applications were decreased by 16% when compared with last year.
Burke however said that she was not much concerned as she did not have much hopes for admissions of students in CNM from Middle East. Nevertheless she expected increased enrollment from overseas students especially from the Latin American nations.
The lower fee structure and appealing culture of CNM would however found to be appealing by overseas students across the world. The costs, support and access were in favor of CNM added Burke.
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