Kent State Hosts Administrators from Rikkyo University

Rikkyo Administrators

Kent State University's Office of Global Education welcomed 10 administrators from Rikkyo University of Japan to the Kent Campus for an administrative program from Aug. 3-7. The program was funded by Rikkyo University for the purpose of exposing administrators from multiple campus divisions to the American university system.

Since 1998, Kent State has hosted more than 200 Rikkyo University students who attended Kent State as guest students in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and in other academic programs.

Kent State expanded the collaboration with a student exchange program in 2005 where Rikkyo University has been home to more than 20 Kent State students.

 Photo: University of Rikkyo show their certificates of participation as Sarah Malcolm, International Partnership Manager and Masayoshi Hara, from Rikkyo University, hold a golden squirrel presented to the Japanese team.

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Kent State Ranks Again as One of the Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report

Us News Report Kent State Ranking

Once again, Kent State University has earned a coveted spot in the first-tier list in the Best National Universities category with its inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Kent State ranks 194 on the prestigious list, improving from last year's ranking of 201.

 Kent State is the only public university in Northeast Ohio to make the first tier. This is the fourth time in five years that Kent State has appeared on the first tier of the Best National Universities rankings. 

  "Among many things, the rankings track retention and graduation rates, which have reached record levels at Kent State," said Todd Diacon, Kent State's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, on Sept. 9 when the rankings were announced. "We are pleased that this year's ranking confirms both the hard work of our students, faculty and staff, and that Kent State is a first choice school for Ohio high school graduates."

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Warren Hits the Ground Running on Her First Day

Kent State President Warren

Beverly Warren began her presidency at Kent State University on July 1, 2014, wasted no time getting more familiar with her new university family and the community.The first morning for Kent State's 12th president included a walk through campus with her Cabinet, breakfast with city leaders, meetings and lunch with students, and the launch of her official Twitter account.  

 Warren began the day with an email to the Kent State community expressing her excitement of joining Kent State, sharing the values that will guide her work and discussing her approach to the "great privilege of being your president." Warren's email can be found here

She held her first meeting with her Cabinet, the senior leadership of the university who report directly to her.


Kent State Enables More Diverse Students to Study Abroad

Study Abroad Diversity at Kent State University

Six recent high school graduates Jalessa Caples, Tajee Brown, Rachel Brown, Dennis Meacham, Isaac Talley and Iniah Dunbar were admitted at Kent State University for the fall and got a head start on their college education by studying abroad at Kent State's Florence Summer Institute in Florence, Italy.   

These six high school graduates were the first group of students in a pilot program that seeks to offer underserved students the opportunity to experience global education beyond their local communities. The program was created by Kent State's Office of Global Education and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The students, who had chosen to attend Kent State for college, were part of the university's Upward Bound program that helps to increase educational opportunities for first-generation, low-income students. The Seminal Six had rarely traveled outside their neighborhoods and some had never been on a plane prior to their education-abroad experience in Florence this summer.

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New Partnership with Dankook University has a Successful Start

Kent State partnership with Dankook University

The new partnership with Dankook University in South Korea has proven to be beneficial for students from KSU studying abroad as well as students from Dankook sending students here. Here we highlight four students that exemplify why we, as international educators, believe study abroad is so important.

Amanda Bevington, an interpersonal communications major from KSU, decided she wanted a go somewhere different than where the typical student studying abroad from KSU would go. She attended Dankook in South Korea over the summer where she got to teach as well as learn as a part of their summer institute. Overall, she learned to trust her heart and to have confidence because she made the decision that best fit what she wanted to get out of her time studying abroad. She said, "I couldn't ask for a better experience. The students made it completely worth it." While Amanda was in South Korea, she became friends with students from Dankook who are attending Kent State University this semester.

The students that are attending KSU from Dankook include Jiyung Kim, Eunjeong Lee, and Suhyun Bae. All three are studying business here. They all say their experience at Kent State has been great so far. Jiyung Kim really enjoys the laid back atmosphere that KSU has to offer. Eunjeong Lee has enjoyed how beautiful Kent's campus is. She also said, "Everyone is very nice here." Suhyun Bae said she likes how Kent is a prime location to travel because she wants to travel to New York City and Chicago. Amanda's experience at Dankook has given them the opportunity to become friends and continue their friendship here at Kent State where Eunjeong, Suhyun, and Jiyung attend this fall.

Photo: Amanda Bevington, Jiyung Kim, Eunjeong Lee and Suhyun Bae holding up the Kent State University flag in South Korea.