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Foreign enrollment up at UNL
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“That’s something we can antici
pate being more and more signifi
cant,” he said.
For the most part, the recruiting
took care of itself through family and
friends of the international students
who have studied at UNL, he said.
“We like to think this office has a
reputation of being quite helpful to
students from other countries,”'
Levitov said. “They learn from family
and friends who have studied here that
the staff at International Affairs really
cares for them.”
Shama Ali, who works in
International Affairs and has helped
coordinate programs such as English
Conversation Partners, said minority
organizations at UNL have helped a
great deal in recruiting Asian students.
In some of the organizations, she
said, members will volunteer to pick
up newly arriving students at the air
port to help with their transition into a
Sometimes members provide tem
porary housing until the students find
living arrangements, she said.
Programs such as English
Conversation Partners, which match
UNL students with international stu
dents, also help international students
to feel comfortable, Ali said.
“It gives them an opportunity to
make friends with the Americans,”,
she said. “I think they’ll probably feel
more comfortable one-on-one before
meeting people in a large group.”
Jackson Chung, a junior actuarial
science major from Hong Kong, said
We like to think this office has a reputation
of being quite helpful to students from other
associate dean of International Affairs
departments such as International
Affairs do a good job in helping the
university become more diverse.
Amit Shrivastava, a graduate stu
dent in environmental engineering
from India, said organizations such as
the Indian Student Association help
international students feel more at
Chung said low tuition rates are
also a major attraction for Asian stu
“It’s very cheap,” Chung said.
Shrivastava said tuition was a
major reason he came to UNL.
“I had to spend practically noth
ing,” he said, “except for the plane
The presence of Asian students at
UNL is especially prominent in the
computer science and engineering
In the graduate department, for
example, only 21 of 102 students are
from the United States. Forty-five stu
dents are from China, with 28 enrolled
from India. Korea, Malaysia,
Palestine and Turkey are other coun
tries that have students in the depart
Charles Riedesel, assistant profes
sor and chief adviser in computer sci
ence and engineering, said potential
salaries in the computer industry are
probably the reason for the influx of
international students in the depart
Rajat Das, a graduate student in
environmental engineering from
India, said he feels a lot of students in
India enroll in the department because
of its reputation.
The department is ranked 70th in
the nation by the National Research
Council, administrators in the office
Chung said he felt more students
from Southeast Asia are studying
abroad because of changes in their
The United States presents a better
opportunity for Asian students educa
tion-wise, Chung said. He pointed
specifically to Indonesia, where the
president was recently ousted.
“Let’s just say the United States is
more popular,” he said. “The pro
grams (at UNL) help international
students adjust to the American cul
ture a lot.”
UNMC, UNL join for funding
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campus that would complement the
research going on here, some of the
research departments and faculty
expertise that UNMC doesn’t have.”
Through collaboration and
increased funding, the schools could
provide better laboratories and
increased opportunities for graduate
fellowships, Torr said.
UNL could benefit from
UNMC’s participation in research
proposals, said Partha Lahiri, direc
tor of the division of statistics.
, “Right now the university is not"
associated with a medical school,”
Lahiri said. “Without a medical
school it is difficult to get a big NIH
Together the schools will provide
a start-up research fund of $ 100,000,
which will be awarded to joint pro
ject proposals asking for NIH assis
Next, the researchers will submit
their proposals for an NIH grant, try
ing to convince the NIH that the
research will be successful if contin
NIH provides about 60 percent of
all funding to colleges for research,
Torr said she thinks that because
of the high quality of research con
ducted at UNL and UNMC, they
have a good chance of receiving
Last year UNL received about 4
percent of funding for its sponsored
research programs from NIH, total
ing $4 million, which was divided
among about 10 different proposals,
During the same time, UNMC
received about 50 percent of its total
research funding from NIH, or about
$18 million, Rosenquist said.
The schools’ first step in collabo
ration is to provide six workshops on
the two campuses to allow faculty
members from the two schools to get
to know each other.
Between six and 12 faculty mem
bers will be able to participate in the
The specific dates and times for
the workshops have not been sched
uled, but they will take place
throughout November and
The workshops will also help in
the selection of the best possible pro
posals made for the NIH s first selec
tion, Torr said.
Researchers will begin collabo
rating in November and will present
their ideas to the UNL and UNMC
funding committee in March.
After receiving funding, they will
then propose their projects for NIH
funding, which has various deadlines
throughout the year, Rosenquist said.
Torr said selection for federal
funding is decided about a month
Rosenquist, optimistic about the
research, said it might take a few .
years for the program to iron out all
Both Lahiri and Charles Wood,
UNL molecular virologist, are
already working in collaboration
“We are writing grants with the
people at the Med Center. I think it’s
great,” Wood said.
“We really need to emphasize
that. I think it will make us stronger,
for both institutions.
“There is no reason why we
shouldn’t establish more ties for our
Clinton takes talk to Web
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Clinton can talk about the vast changes
the Internet age has wrought, and the
yet-unknown opportunities the bloom
ing technology offers to America. He
also admits he barely knows how to
turn on a computer.
“The fact that I’m technologically
challenged has become legendary in
our administration,” Clinton said dur
ing a speech on education last month.
Nonetheless, Clinton will be
online Monday, conducting a comput
er chat with Internet users worldwide.
Organizers of the Democratic-themed
event liken it to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s
Depression-era fireside chats, which
were addresses to the nation broadcast
over the then-new technology of radio.
To make things easier for Clinton,
his part of the 90-minute discussion
will be videotaped and then “Webcast”
over the Internet computer network.
Participants can watch the event live
on their computers and submit typed
questions as the president talks.
“Anybody who is on the Web can
interact with the president,” said
Matthew Frankel, spokesman for the
Democratic Leadership Council.
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