Provost Harris with admitted students, families, and alumni in Mumbai on April 21.

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Receptions highlight Tufts as a welcoming university for international students

May 03, 2017

More than 200 admitted students, parents, and alumni in April turned out for Tufts receptions in seven cities abroad: Beijing, Istanbul, London, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, and Singapore. 

The global program—a first in terms of scale—aimed to highlight Tufts’ welcoming commitment to international students and to encourage still-undecided admitted students to choose Tufts.

Three senior administrators—including Provost David Harris, School of Engineering Dean Jianmin Qu, and Associate Provost Diana Chigas—represented the university at five events and spoke about the diversity of the academic and student life on campus.

To augment the program, Tufts created a video featuring current international students, faculty, staff, and local community leaders talking about their positive Tufts experience.

In Mumbai, India, Nandish Kilachand, A95, said that Provost Harris “captivated a group of 45 with his introductory talk, which lasted over two hours and included a diverse Q&A session that showed the excitement of the admitted students, many of whom seemed to have connected already.”

While the Provost’s Office, Alumni Relations, University Advancement, and Admissions partnered to spearhead the initiative, its success can largely be credited to the dedicated international alumni volunteers who mobilized to host or help organize the events.

“We honestly could not have made this happen without the amazing work of our international chapter volunteers,” says Gerry Wawrzynek, associate director of Alumni Relations. “They are great ambassadors for the school and always enthusiastic about helping Tufts in any way they can.”

Wawrzynek and Ming Zhong, director of Asia Relations and Development, were pleased with the results.

“We wanted to make it clear that international students are welcome at Tufts—that they add so much to our community and we make a special effort to support them,” says Wawrzynek. “We think that having senior administrators travel to meet the students personally and answer their questions really shared that message loud and clear.”