Scott Goplin, University of Jamestown Vice President of Enrollment Management, recently traveled to China, visiting the cities Guangzhou, Guilin, Liuzhou, Weifang, and Beijing with a delegation representing the U.S. Consortium for International Education (USCIE).
The group participated in two educational summits and also visited 7 high schools around China, including Beijing No. 4 High School, a top public school, and True Light School, a top private school located in Guangzhou.
“Our goal is to bring four to five Chinese students each fall to University of Jamestown with a total of 15 to 20 at any given time,” Goplin said. “Our primary message (at the summits and high school visits) was that small liberal arts schools provide the best opportunity for Chinese students to thrive, succeed and become involved in the life of the school.”
Goplin, one of the founding members of the Consortium, said it was invaluable to introduce the University of Jamestown to over 150 high school principals.
“China has so few universities and so many high-achieving students,” he says. “Most are not accepted into Chinese universities, and if they want the chance to go to school, they must seek their education outside of China. Often the high school has some influence in where a student will end up attending. Our summit with staff from our partner high schools gave us a chance to talk about fostering this relationship.”
University of Jamestown’s fellow schools in the Consortium are Augustana College (IA), Benedictine College (KS), Saint Louis University, Trine University (IN), University of Evansville (IN) and Westminster College (MO).
Photo: Scott Goplin of University of Jamestown (right) is joined by Dr. John Xie, Executive Director of the U.S. Consortium for International Education.