Open for Business in Beijing

To sustain and cultivate Chinese students’ interest in USF, the university recently opened a new office in Beijing.

“Now, prospective students, parents, and alumni have an immediate line of contact in Beijing,” said Stanley Nel, USF vice president of international relations.

The last seven years have seen more of Nel’s efforts center on China, including recruiting, fundraising, and establishing relationships with top Chinese universities, Nel said. It’s a focus that has seen the number of native Chinese enrolled at USF rising dramatically to 424 from just 41 in 2005.

Located in Beijing’s Central Business District, USF’s new office is not far from the U.S. Embassy. Nel is currently hiring a staff for the office, which will be open six days a week. Staff will do everything from visit high schools and college fairs to interview prospective students and respond to the questions of parents who already have students at USF.

Also in the works are events for members of the USF community in China and job placement counseling for recent graduates organized through the new office, Nel said.

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