Office of International Affairs - 2018 Year in Review

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A Year In Review 2018


DR. SUKANT MISRA

Vice Provost for International Affairs

Though today’s state of the global

affairs poses many challenges for

institutions of higher education,

the work to comprehensively

internationalize Texas Tech University

and prepare students to compete

in an ever-changing world remains

central to our mission. TTU’s

Office of International Affairs (OIA)

is entrusted with advancing the

global reputation of the university

and coordinating campus-wide

internationalization activities. Efforts

to do so include support services

for students, faculty, and staff and

range from international recruiting

and admissions; international

employees, students, and scholars

immigration advising; K-12 outreach

programming; international arts

and culture; international student

life; education abroad programs;

internationalization seed grants;

international research and

development grant administration;

global engagement through strategic

partnerships; international alumni

relations; and passport services.

A historic milestone was reached

in 2018. After many years of

preparation, in August 2018, we

inaugurated our first degree-granting

instructional site in TTU-Costa

Rica. Through this initiative, we are

dedicated to making U.S.-quality

education available to students in

their own cultural and socio-economic

environment and in playing a key role

in Costa Rica's national development.

Over the past few decades, great

progress has been made to expand

the global footprint of the university.

For its offerings in Sevilla, Spain and

San Jose, Costa Rica—Texas Tech is

now recognized across the globe as a

world-class comprehensive research

university. We continue to strengthen

our global engagement through

increased international student and

scholar population, academic and

research partnerships with reputable

universities across the globe, and

international-themed outreach to

the Texas Tech community and

community at large.

In 2018, Texas Tech was recognized

with NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon

Comprehensive Internationalization

Award for its significant, wellplanned,

well-executed, and welldocumented

progress toward

internationalization. This award

recognizes U.S. colleges and

universities for overall excellence

in internationalization efforts as

evidenced in mission, strategies,

programs, and results. The Office

of International Affairs remains

committed to “Bear Our Banners Far

and Wide” by supporting the TTU

community- whether here at home

or abroad- to become more globally

engaged.

THINK GLOBAL

THINK TEXAS TECH

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COMPREHENSIVE

INTERNATIONALIZATION

Texas Tech University received the prestigious

Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive

Internationalization in 2018. The NAFSA award

recognizes colleges and universities for

outstanding innovation and accomplishments in

regards to campus internationalization.

Texas Tech's commitment to internationalization is demonstrated

through several campus-wide initiatives led by the Office of

International Affairs (OIA). The university's ongoing goals

include integrating global perspectives into the curriculum,

recruiting and supporting international students, providing

opportunities to engage faculty and students in international

service breaks and study abroad opportunities, furthering

intercultural understanding in the community at large, and

cultivating strategic international partnerships and external

relationships to increase all aspects of international scholarship.

This is the second such award for the university. In 2016, the

K-12 Global Education Outreach division received the Simon

Spotlight award for excellence in internationalization efforts.

"Texas Tech University has promoted an internationalization

agenda that has gained momentum over the years, and it is a

distinct honor to be recognized for our efforts with the Paul

Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization," said

Sukant Misra, Vice Provost of International Affairs. "Learning

and discovery of knowledge should know no boundaries,

and we truly believe our robust international platform today

delivers unparalleled international educational and outreach

opportunities for our faculty, staff and students."

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OUR MISSION

The Office of International Affairs advances the global vision of Texas Tech University by promoting international

leadership, awareness, education, scholarship, and outreach for the university and the greater community.

OUR VISION

The Office of International Affairs will broaden the global reputation of the university by integrating international

education, scholarship, and engagement with global issues, and by strengthening intercultural understanding for

students, faculty, staff, and the greater community.

International Enrollment Development and Outreach (IEDO) Division

The International Enrollment Development and Outreach division brings together the International Enrollment

Development, K-12 Global Education Outreach (K-12 GEO), Facilities Operations, and Community Outreach units to

provide a wide variety of educational and community services.

The International Enrollment Development unit supports the academic pursuits of international students by providing

expertise in admissions, recruitment, and sponsored student services.

The K-12 Global Education Outreach (GEO), Facility Operations, and Community Outreach units serve as a liaison for

the university to provide cultural enrichment opportunities. K-12 GEO offers cultural programming to K-12 students

from public, private, and home schools throughout the South Plains. Facilities Operations provides room rental to both

TTU and community groups across the region, and the Outreach unit hosts large internationally-themed cultural events

to engage the campus and local communities.

International Research and Development (IRD) Division

The International Research and Development division facilitates the development of multi-investigator,

multidisciplinary international research and development programs at Texas Tech University. Through the services of

the International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies (ICASALS), IRD promotes the university’s special mission

of the interdisciplinary study of arid and semiarid environments and the human relationship to these environments

from an international perspective.

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International Grants Administration and Partnerships (IGAP) Division

The IRD division and the International Grants Administration and Partnerships (IGAP) division works with faculty to

identify and disseminate international research and development grant opportunities and to help develop and submit

large, multidisciplinary proposals to funding agencies. Additionally, they work with faculty to develop partnerships

with international institutions to further enhance the international reputation of Texas Tech.

International Relations

Comprised of International Alumni Relations, International Arts and Culture (art exhibits, speakers, etc.), and

International Fundraising, the International Relations division engages and connects TTU alumni, scholars, and donors

and brings cultural programming to the multiple and diverse South Plains and TTU communities.

Study Abroad

The Study Abroad unit coordinates all study abroad programs for Texas Tech University students. Texas Tech students

may choose from several types of study abroad programs. The Texas Tech Center in Sevilla, Spain, offers students the

opportunity to take Texas Tech catalog classes. Study Abroad Advisors assist students in choosing a program that best

fits their individual needs and goals and provides guidance during the application and orientation processes.

Students participating in any credit-bearing Texas Tech study abroad program and international students seeking a

degree at Texas Tech are encouraged to apply for the Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship, and the Buena Vista Study

Abroad Scholarship.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Division operates the university’s international student and

exchange visitor immigration programs and provides employment-based immigration services to the university. ISSS

assists with the university’s compliance programs for nonresident tax and employment authorization. Counselors advise

and assist international students and scholars concerning immigration rules, financial concerns, and cross-cultural

issues.

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#YOUAREWE

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FOOTPRINT

In the past 5 years, Texas Tech University has seen significant growth in its international student population.

Programs offered through the TTU Center in Sevilla (Sevilla, Spain) and TTU’s first international instructional site

in Costa Rica, along with 38 international partnership agreements, demonstrate the university’s commitment to

providing a diverse and globally-focused learning environment for its students.

International Student Fall Enrollment by Year

Graduate

Undergraduate

1,346

1,240

1,277

1,569

1,205

1,636

1,370

1,562

1,521

1,614

1,543

1,465 1,444

994

893

781

Fall

2011

Fall

2012

Fall

2013

Fall

2014

Fall

2015

Fall

2016

Fall

2017

Fall

2018

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LCOMEHERE

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

In 2018, Texas Tech University awarded $5,923,935.59

to 1,483 international degree seeking students.

294

262

Total admits from international

high school students

Total admits from international

transfer students

2,987

1,543 Graduate

1,444 Graduate

Total International

Student Enrollment

for Fall 2018

International

Student Enrollment

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TTU COSTA RICA INSTRUCTIONAL SITE IN SAN JOSÉ

In August 2018, Texas Tech-Costa Rica (TTU-CR) opened its doors to its inaugural class of TTU-CR Red Raiders. Offering

undergraduate degrees in Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Mathematics; and Restaurant,

Hotel & Institutional Management, TTU-CR is Texas Tech’s first international, satellite campus. With Texas Tech faculty

teaching on-site, TTU-CR provides its international student body with the opportunity to earn a TTU degree while living and

learning in San José, Costa Rica. Cutting-edge classrooms and labs with the latest technology lend to the vibrant academic

environment at the country’s first U.S. degree granting institution. Aside from attending classes, TTU-CR students take part in

a variety of student and volunteer activities as well as the Work & Study program. Work & Study offers students the chance to

gain hands on, professional experience through employment at local and international companies. TTU-CR is building a new

educational paradigm in the region, one that aims to be at the forefront of change through education and innovation.


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EXCELLENCE IN ADMISSIONS

AND RECRUITING

Admissions Statistics

• Recruitment efforts focus on

international high school and transfer

students interested in studying at

Texas Tech University.

71 %

792 Applications

563 Admissions

Admissions

by Semester

149

Applications

34

Applications

609

Applications

• In 2018, 192 sponsored students

from 24 countries and 21 sponsoring

programs attended Texas Tech

University.

• Participated in recruitment trips

to Mexico and China and various

locations in the United States

(Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco,

Dallas and Houston)

Successfully admitted over 71% of the

students who applied to Texas Tech University

as international undergraduate students

93

Admitted

Spring

2018

17

Admitted

Summer

2018

453

Admitted

Fall

2018

• Attended Raider Roadshow in Dallas.

82

India

53.2% Enrolled

41.9% Graduated

4.9% No Longer Enrolled

95.1 %

Over the past three years,

Texas Tech University has

maintained a 95.1% student

retention rate among

its international student

population

69

51

39

37

30

25

Nepal

Nigeria

China

Bangladesh

Vietnam

South Korea

Top 7

Countries for undergraduate

admits during FY2018

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CREATING GLOBAL NETWORKS

EducationUSA is an entity of the U.S. Department of State that promotes U.S. higher education in advising centers

around the globe. Each year, the Office of International Affairs hosts a familiarization tour inviting EducationUSA

advisers to Texas Tech University. The purpose of the visit is to increase TTU brand recognition, promote programs and

services offered to international students, and build relationships with stakeholders abroad. In 2018, the tour included

EducationUSA Advisors from Belarus, Malaysia, and Bangladesh and provided opportunities to engage with faculty

and students from the Edward E. Whitacre, Jr. College of Engineering, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural

Resources, and Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration.

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GLOBAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Study Abroad Statistics

1,347

Students

Studying Abroad

893 Faculty Led

Program Type

Study Abroad by Classification

1

28

205

970

106

37

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Graduate Students

Non-TTU Students

Senior

59 TTU Sevilla Center

203 Affiliate

6 Service Learning

36 Reciprocal Exchange

625 Female

720 Male

1,347

*

Study Abroad by

Gender for FY2018

*2 - Unknown

8 Research

142 Internship

Supporting International Student Life

• Hosted two International Student Orientations

• Provided airport pick-up service for new and returning

international students

• Hosted international graduate receptions

• Hosted a variety of cultural events such as: World-Wide

Showcase, two Welcome Week events, Spring Break trip,

Tailgating event, and Cultural Exchange program with local

families

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IMMIGRATION SERVICES AND SUPPORT

Additional to Student Immigration Counseling

316

286

181

169

121

35

20

J-1

Scholars

J-1

Interns

OPT

Students

STEM

Students

CPT

Students

H-1B

Employees

PR

Petitioners

(CPT) Curriculum Practical Training | (OPT) Optional Practical Training | (PR) Permanent Resident

Texas Tech University has students from over 110 countries. Its global footprint continues to

expand from year to year- truly making it an international university.

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BUILDING CULTURAL

AWARENESS THROUGH

OUTREACH

Exhibits & Events with International Themes

13 internationally themed art exhibits and community events

Speaker Series

18 speakers

Community & Campus Group Collaborations

Buddy Holly Center; TTU School of Art; LHUCA; Museum of Texas

Tech; National Ranching Heritage Center; Breedlove Foods, Inc.;

South Plains Food Bank; TTU Department of Nutritional Sciences,

Sowoon; TTU Department of Classical & Modern Languages &

Literatures (CMLL); J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and

Performing Arts, TTU School of Music; TTU College of Media and

Communication; TTU Honors College; TTUHSC Internal Medicine

Residency Program; International Student Council; Center for Global

Understanding; Texas Commission on the Arts; MECA (Multicultural

Education and Counseling through the Arts) of Houston

The Office of International Affairs' outreach programs are funded in part by the following:

The CH Foundation, The Helen Jones Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Center

for Global Understanding, and the TTU Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Facility Series

220 events with over 12,871 patrons

Passport

Processed 3,126 passport applications

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K-12 GEO 2016 - 2018 Attendance Comparison

2016 2017 2018

6,656

9,801

2,634

3,282

2,013

1,108

1,405

2,442

1,706

1,102

2,045

4,066

8,218

5,905

4,810

5,647

13,220

51,577

407

4,590

14,056

21,178

22,200

2,480

15,484

15,955

Elementary

Students

Middle School

Students

High School

Students

College

Students

OTR Grant

OTR International

School Programs Cultural Center

Community

Members

Overall

Attendance

Over 22,000 K-12 Students & Teachers Served

The Texas Tech Office of International Affairs K-12 Global Education Outreach (GEO) Unit provides cultural fieldtrips at

the Texas Tech International Cultural Center and in classrooms across the region through its “On the Road” (OTR) series.

"On The Road" Programs Include:

• Ellis Island: An Immigrant Experience

• Gone To Texas!

• Mexico: Día de los Muertos

• India: Diwali

• Japan: Obon Festival

• Weihnachtsfest: Celebrating German Christmas Traditions

• China: Art & Culture

• Africa: Masks & Beading Traditions

• Music & Dance Around the World

• and so much more...

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• Selected to host Borlaug Scholars from Kenya and

Morocco

• Awarded 9 International Research and

Development Seed Grants to support international

preliminary investigative work of TTU faculty

• Funded 3 TTU researchers for joint international

collaborations with researchers from the São Paulo

Research Foundation in Brazil as part of the TTU-

FAPESP SPRINT program

• Hosted the first International Aridlands Conference

in partnership with the Chinese Academy of

Science and represented the work of researchers

from 5 continents

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH

& DEVELOPMENT

• Selected to host a Fulbright Administrator from

Ukhta State Technical University as part of

the Fulbright Russian International Education

Administrators program

• Assisted in the submission of over $10 Million

in research proposals from 5 colleges and 11

departments

• Hosted academic and research delegations

from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Malawi, China, Bolivia,

Brazil, the UK, and Germany to provide research

opportunities for TTU faculty

• Received $1.79 million in federally funded projects

• Hosted the university of Georgia USAID’s Feed

the Future Peanut Lab Director resulting in TTU

faculty collaborations and a TTU funded subaward

• Renewed longest standing international

partnership including its dual degree program

component with Jade Hochschule in Germany

• Hosted the Senior Adviser on Agriculture Policy

to the Nigerian President and U.S. Ambassador to

Nigeria on a collaborative project with TTU for a

Nigerian national livestock transformation plan

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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

The United States Agency for International Development

(USAID) funds the Feed the Future Innovation Labs as

part of their global hunger and food security initiative.

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut is one

of 22 innovation labs in the nation, and recently sought

expertise in studying how to make peanuts more resistant

to a fungus that makes crops toxic to consumers,

especially in developing countries. With a federal

subaward of $300,000, Dr. Venugopal (Venu) Mendu

from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural

Resources is conducting this work with colleagues from

Texas Tech, Ghana, India, and Niger until 2021.

Photo credit: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/pss/mendulab/eventsA.php

FAPESP, the São Paulo Research Foundation, oversees

a wide range of research based in universities in the

state of Sao Paulo, maintaining close collaborations

with a select group of research universities around

the globe. Following the signing of a Memorandum

of Understanding, two joint conferences were held

in Lubbock and allowed researchers from Brazil to

directly interact with TTU colleagues. The TTU-FAPESP

Sprint program provides money for binational teams to

partner together with the goal of establishing a track

record that allows additional funding to be sought after

the two-year collaboration is completed. TTU is now

entering its 5th cycle of seed-funding, and has funded

15 collaborative research projects since 2014. Over $8

million in proposals have been in development as a

result of this collaboration.

Photo credit: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/gallery/2017/fapesp-week.php

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OUR LEADERSHIP

COUNCIL

Dr. Sukant Misra

Vice Provost for International Affairs

Phone: 806.742.3667

Email: sukant.misra@ttu.edu

Dr. Sara Pink

Resident Director, TTU Center,

Sevilla, Spain

Phone: 806.834.4768

Email: sara.@ttu.edu

Ms. Kelley Coleman

Director, International Enrollment

Development and Outreach

Phone: 806.742.3667

Email: kelley.coleman@ttu.edu

Ms. Whitney Longnecker

Director, Study Abroad

Phone: 806.742.3667

Email: whitney.longnecker@ttu.edu

Dr. Joan Goodman-Williamson

Executive Director, International Relations

Phone: 806.742.3667

Email: joan.williamson@ttu.edu

Ms. Rachel Jarnagin

Business Manager, Administration and Finance

Phone: 806.742.3667

Email: rachel.jarnagin@ttu.edu

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Dr. Gad Perry

Sr. Director, International Research

and Development

Phone: 806.742.3667

Email: gad.perry@ttu.edu

Dr. Jorge Salazar-Bravo

TTU-Costa Rica Program Director

Phone: 806.834.3718

Email: j.salazar-bravo@ttu.edu

Dr. Richard Porter

Director, International Student

and Scholar Services

Phone: 806.742.3667

Email: richard.porter@ttu.edu

Ms. Reagan Ribordy

Director, International Programs

Phone: 806.742.3667

Email: reagan.ribordy@ttu.edu

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601 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79409-5004

806.742.3667

oia.reception@ttu.edu

international.ttu.edu

THINK GLOBAL

THINK TEXAS TECH

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