Niagara University is establishing an Office of International Relations that will focus on growing international enrollment.
The initiative is the latest sign that overseas students are an important part of the business plan for Western New York colleges, where the number of high school graduates is expected to continue its decline in the coming years.
The new office was approved recently by Niagara’s board of trustees. The body also approved the appointment of Hung Le as vice president for international affairs. Le will oversee the fledgling office.
Le has been serving as partner and general manager of L&L Consulting Ltd., a Hanoi, Vietnam-based company which provides international consulting on various industries, including higher education.
The office will serve as a central point of contact for international students studying at NU and domestic students seeking global experiences, according to the NU news release. It will work in coordination with a variety of other offices to boost international enrollment as well as provide a “richer array of international opportunities for domestic students and faculty,” according to the release. The new office will also oversee the university’s study abroad program.
Le has also served as president and chief executive officer of a bilingual private school in Hanoi called The Olympia Schools, for which he developed an American curriculum. He served as assistant dean of the graduate division of arts and sciences at St. John’s College-St. John’s University from 2002 to 2007, and also served as St. John’s director of Vietnam initiatives.
Le has a number of degrees from American universities, including a bachelor’s in psychology, master’s in East Asian Studies and doctorate of modern world history from St. John’s, and a master’s in developmental psychology from Columbia University.
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