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Opening ceremony at University of Maine International Study Center a huge success

22 November 2013

Ribbon-cutting and launch festivities at University of Maine set the path for a close bond with University staff in Orono, ME.

With over 50 guests at the ribbon-cutting for the University of Maine International Study Center, the opening festivities were a social and professional success. Held in the McIntire Room of the Buchanan Alumni House on campus, the event ran from 12:30-2:00 pm on Monday, October 7, 2013. Guests enjoyed dessert refreshments and beverages while getting acquainted and building relationships.

Ceremonies began with speeches from Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance Janet Waldron and University of Maine President Paul Ferguson. President Ferguson referred to the launch of the International Study Center as a “catalytic partnership with Study Group”, bringing international students to one of the “most student-centered and community-engaged campuses of all research universities in the USA.”

Managing Director of Higher Education North America (HENA), Larry Green, while sharing a personal story reinforced his commitment to internationalizing university campuses when he said, “the more we have of students and faculty crossing borders, the better the world will be.”

Architectural plans for the ISC’s permanent location on campus were revealed just prior to the ribbon-cutting. The University is currently renovating the historic Estabrooke Building to move ISC offices and classrooms as early as January 2014. Other plans include aligning the building with international programs and creating an “international floor”, with services and programs specifically relevant to international students.

Recognizing the collective efforts involved in building an International Study Center, Study Group CEO David Leigh commented that the “energy and commitment that UMaine have put into this collaborative partnership bodes well for the success of the Center.”

The opening ceremony ended with a campus tour for Study Group staff, offering insight into the hands-on teaching style, the high-quality research and the exceptional facilities at the University of Maine. 

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