The United States Embassy in Harare says admission officers from 18 international colleges and universities are expected to visit Zimbabwe next week to meet with Advanced Level students interested in studying abroad.
Rebecca Zeigler -Mano, coordinator of EducationUSA told VOA Studio 7 the admission officers from America, Canada, Spain and Japan will take part in public fairs in Harare and Bulawayo.
“They are looking for top students who are finishing or recently completed their A Levels who are also strong in the co-curricular activities and they do offer financial aid most of the universities that are coming,” said Zeigler -Mano.
The visiting admissions officers will meet students at the Harare International School in Mount Pleasant on Friday between 9.30 am and 11.30 am and students at Christian Brothers College in Bulawayo on Thursday between 2.30 pm and 4 pm. Entry to both events is free and open to A Level students, their parents and educators.
Most of the universities are from the United States and include Calvin College, Western Michigan & Michigan State University in Michigan, Clark University in Massachusetts; Concord University in West Virginia; Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Tampa in Florida; Foothill and De Anza Colleges in California; Goucher College in Maryland; Lehigh University in Pennsylvania; St Edwards University in Texas; St Olaf College in Minnesota; Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and the State University of New York at Plattsburg.
During the two fairs, high school students will learn about the admissions processes to these international colleges and what these institutions offer in terms of academic studies alongside internship and study abroad opportunities, sporting and cultural extracurricular activities.
International education is increasingly seen as the primary means by which countries are able to bridge the cultural and linguistic divides that exist within and between them. It is seen as a way of fostering young people to become effective global leaders with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for other people, other cultures, other religions, and other geographies.
According to the United States Embassy, America is home to more than 4,000 internationally accredited colleges and universities. The diverse universities provide both depth and breadth of study through the liberal arts and science philosophy of education.
A large percentage of those who pursue U.S. studies from Zimbabwe do so with full or substantial scholarships based on for their academic, artistic or sporting talent. There are just over 1,200 Zimbabwean students enrolled at various American universities and colleges with the number having increased 10% last year.
The admissions officers from the American universities and colleges will be joined by their counterparts from Carleton University and Ryerson University based in Canada; IE University in Segova, Spain and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan.