The Chancellor of the University of Maine School System was in the Saint John Valley today, and he stopped by the University of Maine at Fort Kent for a special celebration- one that recognized it’s strong presence of international students.
International Student Joshua Kurenskey says, ” I’m from South Africa, I was offered a school scholarship to come and study and play soccer here in the United States and so I took that opportunity with both hands.”
Joshua isn’t the only one from away, students at UMFK come from places like the Marshall Islands, Jamaica, and Australia to name a few! And on Friday, a special luncheon was held to celebrate their accomplishments.
There are 50 international students here at UMFK, representing 22 countries from around the world. University officials say they’re some of the most active students on campus.
Associate Dean Student Life at UMFK Ray Phinney says, ” They’re involved in all aspects of the University, a lot of people see them in athletics because they do come and play sports but they’re also student leaders, they’re student senators they’re involved with the resident halls, they’re everywhere.”
International students agree that the small town feel has it’s advantages.
International Student Joshua Kurenskey says, ” The teachers here are great, they listen to you they know who you are it’s not like you’re just a number in the crowd.”
Several programs at UMFK are also internationally accredited, making degrees applicable in different parts of the world.
The Chancellor of University of Maine system James Page said, ”Here we are in a rural corner of the United States, and all of this international engagement and partnerships and relationships are being built day in and day out.”
Linking UMFK, the community, and the state of Maine to a larger global network of education.