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SAF COnnect ISSUE 5 Spring 2014

SAF Introduces Inter-Institutional Agreements By John Belcher, SAF President and Co-CEO

SAF is structured much like a traditional non-profit study abroad provider for U.S. students, and this model has proven successful in providing student mobility opportunities in China. We view the development of I-I MOUs as an opportunity to further expand the number of students from China who can participate on SAF programs, particularly if students can access CSC scholarship support through the existence of I-I MOUs.

More than 1,000 students from China’s most prestigious and competitive universities have studied abroad through SAF in the past five years (including Fall Semester/ Semester 2, 2014). To further enhance student mobility, SAF is facilitating InterInstitutional Agreements (I-I MOUs) between member universities in China and Western host member universities. SAF member universities in China have requested that we broaden our mission beyond undergraduate student mobility to include helping them establish meaningful relationships with Western members of the SAF International University Network. Many of the requests we receive are related to the Chinese university’s interest in accessing scholarships managed by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for undergraduate study abroad. A written agreement (known as a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU) must exist between the Chinese and Western universities for students to receive CSC support.

We have identified three I-I MOU models for consideration by host universities and have listed them in order of what we assess to be their feasibility and attractiveness. We believe I-I MOUs will help our Chinese university members meet their engagement goals and provide access to CSC scholarships without creating unrealistic expectations of our Western university members. I-I MOU without Exchange: This I-I MOU establishes a relationship between the universities, leading to access to CSC government scholarships for undergraduate study abroad. The I-I MOU would Continue pg. 3

Table of Contents SAF Introduces Inter-Institutional Agreements ... pg. 1,3 SAF Enrollment Growth in 2014 ......................... pg. 1-2 Your Visits Matter .................................................. pg. 2 SAF Offices in Asia hold Membership Meetings ............................................................ pg. 3-4 U.S. Ambassador to South Korea hosts SAF Reception ................................................................ pg. 5 SAF Students Recognized for their Relief Efforts ......................................................................... pg. 5 Introducing New SAF Staff........................................ pg. 6 SAF Brunei Student Profile ........................................ pg. 7 SAF Japan Student Profile ......................................... pg. 7 New SAF Members AY 2013-14 ................... pg. 8

SAF Enrollment Growth in 2014 By Carol Carmody, SAF Vice President

Japan has again provided our largest enrollments for the Fall Semester/Semester 2, 2014, but we are seeing significant growth in participation from China and expect this trend to continue. Although enrollments from Korea remain flat, we are pleased that over 50% of Korean participants have chosen to study abroad for a full academic year. Enrollments from Brunei also increased this year. We experienced a decline in enrollments from Taiwan, but with renewed commitments from a number of Taiwanese member universities, it is anticipated that enrollments will return to normal in 2015. We are excited about our initial enrollments from Singapore, and we Continue pg. 2

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SAF Enrollment Growth in 2014 (continued) remain optimistic that we will soon begin to see significant applications from Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Macau and Malaysia. For the first time in SAF history, a non-U.S. university is a top five hosting university: the University of Edinburgh will be receiving well over 30 students this fall. Although the University of California institutions remain quite popular with SAF participants, the University of Montana will host the largest group of SAF students this year, and Arizona State University is similarly increasing in popularity.

Overall Five Most Popular Study Abroad Destinations Fall Semester/Semester 2, 2014

Japan 54.4% Japan China 28.6% China Korea 11.1% Korea



Brunei Brunei China 3.9% China



Singapore 1.79% Singapore Brunei Singapore

Taiwan 0.2% Taiwan Taiwan

China - Five Most Popular Study Abroad Destinations Fall Semester/Semester 2, 2014

1. University of Montana

1. University of California, Berkeley

2. University of Edinburgh

2. University of California, Santa Barbara

3. Arizona State University

3. University of Edinburgh

4. University of California, Berkeley

4. Columbia University

5. University of California, Santa Barbara

5. University of California, Los Angeles

Japan - Five Most Popular Study Abroad Destinations Fall Semester/Semester 2, 2014

Korea - Five Most Popular Study Abroad Destinations Fall Semester/Semester 2, 2014

1. University of Montana

1. University of Utah

2. Arizona State University

2. University of Arkansas

3. University of Edinburgh

3. University of Westminster

4. University of Washington/ISAYA Institute

4. American University

5. Université Catholique de l’Ouest

5. Arizona State University and Montana State University

Your Visits Matter We have identified which factors have the greatest impact on students’ decisions about where to study abroad. The most important considerations are (1) TOEFL/IELTs requirement, (2) cost and (3) prestige or university ranking. We also know that it makes a big difference when SAF host university representatives visit our offices in Asia. While we are fortunate to have a cadre of talented young international education professionals working for the Foundation, our network of partner universities is complex and it can be a challenge to fully grasp and convey the unique benefits of each host university. There is no better way for our team to learn about a host university than from a member of its staff. Case in point: Julie Cahill from the University of Montana has visited the SAF Country Offices once or twice each year for the past three years. Much to SAF and, we believe, Julie’s surprise and pleasure, the University of Montana will host the largest group of Foundation students this year.

Julie Cahill (third from left), University of Montana and Tracey Tao (second from left), SAF China office visit with Karen Cai (left), and Helen Zhang at Shanghai Normal University.

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SAF Introduces Inter-Institutional Agreements


be signed by the Chinese and Western universities only, and the established role of SAF as the facilitator would be addressed in an addendum to the agreement.

It is also possible for host member universities to use a modified version of their standard MOU formats to achieve the same results as the I-I MOUs designed by SAF.

I-I MOU with Modified Exchange: The modified exchange I-I MOU agreement provides for tuition waivers for a certain number of exchange participants but also allows the Chinese university to send individual students abroad as fee-payers via SAF if no Western students are interested in attending the Chinese university. It is not assumed that any Western students would choose to study in China at the outset of a modified exchange I-I MOU, but it would be highly desirable if a reciprocal exchange developed over time between the two participating universities. SAF is named as the administrator of the program in the I-I MOU, but any resulting bilateral exchange would be managed by the participating universities.

SAF recognizes the most significant issue surrounding the introduction of I-I MOUs has to do with managing the expectations of Chinese universities relative to what is possible for Western universities. We are aware that many of our host member universities are experiencing considerable levels of demand for relationships from leading Chinese universities. Moreover, it is not within the Foundation’s ability to find solutions to what often amounts to be structural imbalances in demand. Our intent with I-I MOUs is simply to make these opportunities available to our partners, so they can pursue closer relationships as desired and help facilitate student mobility while still benefitting from SAF services.

Bilateral Exchange: For SAF host universities interested in establishing bilateral exchange agreements with SAF member universities in China (primarily 985- and 211-Project universities), SAF is happy to make introductions but would have no further role in these relationships.

For more information about bringing Chinese students from top-tier universities to your campus through I-I MOUs, please contact SAF headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. (317.925.2943 or

SAF Offices in Asia hold Membership Meetings As the SAF International University Network expands in Asia, notably in Japan, Korea and China, we have found it useful to hold annual meetings bringing our university members together to learn about and comment on the Foundation’s developments as well as to benefit from a series of professional development activities. These SAF International Advisory Council meetings and symposia were initially designed for Asian university participation only, but we intend to increase participation by our Western university members. This year’s meetings included: International Advisory Council (IAC), Japan Chapter Meeting Tokyo – January 8, 2014 This was SAF Japan’s second IAC. This year it was hosted by Chuo University, which joined the SAF International University Network in 2011. Prof. Masahiko Omura, Director of the International Center and Professor in the Chuo Law School, opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to the modern Korakuen Campus of Chuo University. Guest speakers included Mr. Zhixue Dong, Director of Division of American & Oceania Affairs, China Scholarship Council, and Dr. Miki Horie, Director, Division of International Affairs, Ritsumeikan University. Participants also enjoyed a musical recital by Jun Murayama, SAF alumnus, University of Glasgow AY 2012-2013, who played the Celtic harp and sang Celtic lyrics he learned during his time abroad. (Continue pg. 4)

Jun Murayama, SAF alumnus, University of Glasgow AY 2012-2013

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SAF Offices in Asia hold Membership Meetings (continued) International Education Symposium Shanghai – January 10, 2014 More than 150 people, representing over 60 Chinese universities, attended this year’s full day symposium. The symposium was divided into three sessions (1) Chinese Government policy related to study abroad; (2) the impact study abroad has on students’ university careers; and (3) the difficulties and solutions Asian universities face in increasing student mobility. The symposium was held on the campus of SAF member university Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU), and Prof. Quyuan Ye, Vice President, SJTU, welcomed guests to the program. Other distinguished guests included Prof. David Sadler, Vice President, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University; Jianxue Sheng, Deputy Director, Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education, P.R.C.; Erik Black, Education Officer, United States Embassy, Beijing; Weimin Che, Deputy Director, Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, Ministry of Education, P.R.C.; Li Meng, Deputy Director, Division for American and Oceania Affairs, Department of Foreign Students Affairs, Chinese Scholarship Council; Phil Haihui Wang, Director, International Cooperation and Exchange Office, Antai College of Economics and Management, SJTU; and Kirsty Mattinson, Director, International Student Recruitment and Support, Xi’an JiaotongLiverpool University.

Prof. David Sadler, Vice President, Xi’an Jioatong-Liverpool University

8th Annual International Advisory Council (IAC), Korea Chapter Meeting Seoul – January 15, 2014

Prof. K.T. Hwang, Dean of International Affairs, Dongguk University, opens the SAF Korea IAC 2014.

SAF Korea was our first Country Office to sponsor an SAF IAC chapter meeting and was honored this year to have Insoo Cho, Team Leader of Yonsei University’s International Office, deliver the presentation: Developing and Marketing Study Abroad: A Unique Korean Experience. SAF would like to acknowledge and thank Mr. Cho for his many contributions to the Foundation as he was instrumental in encouraging SAF to begin its work with leading Korean universities in 2007. The 9th annual Korea chapter meeting is scheduled for January 2015 on the campus of Myongji University in Seoul.

All of our Western university partners who may be traveling to China, Japan or Korea in January 2015 are welcome to join an SAF IAC meeting or symposium during their visit. Please contact the SAF headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. for further details (317.925.2943 or

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U.S. Ambassador to South Korea hosts SAF Reception The Honorable Sung Y. Kim, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, recently hosted a reception for the Study Abroad Foundation (SAF) at his residence in Seoul. The event brought together over 100 officials from SAF member universities in Korea, recently returned SAF students as well as SAF staff. Honored guests included Dr. Anthony Frank, President of Colorado State University; Mr. William Peterson, Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea; Mr. Martin Fryer, Director of the British Council Korea; Mr. Suh Geo-Suk, former President of The Korean Council for University Education; and Mr. Lee Byong Hyun, President, National Institute for International Education, as well as presidents of several SAF member universities.

U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim held a reception for SAF member universities, alumni and staff at his home in April. Ambassador Kim is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania (BA), Loyola Law School (JD), and the London School of Economics (LLM).

The reception was held in celebration of SAF’s eighth full year of operation in Korea with significant success in encouraging and supporting international student mobility between universities of both countries. The event also provided SAF alumni who had participated in study abroad programs in the U.S. with the opportunity to network and share their study abroad experiences. This was the second SAF reception to be held in the residence of an ambassador in Seoul. In 2008, H.E. Mr. Martin Uden, then British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, hosted a reception for the Foundation at his residence.

SAF Students Recognized for their Relief Efforts When Fort Collins, Colo., experienced significant flooding in October 2013, Colorado State University (CSU) student Nami Oguni (SAF student from Keio University), president of the CSU Japanese Student Association (JSA), and other JSA members, including Yoshiki Hojo (SAF student from Meiji University), leapt into action. JSA raised USD 700 in only four hours for victims of the Northern Colorado flooding. Nami is quoted in the CSU Magazine for Alumni and Friends Spring 2014: “We were shocked when the flooding took place. We remember what it was like when the tsunami hit Japan [in 2011]. The American people helped Japan to recover, so we wanted to help the people of Colorado.” JSA students came to the aid of Colorado flood victims in 2013. Reprinted with permission from Colorado State Magazine.

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Introducing New SAF Staff Nou Her, Student Accounts Manager SAF Headquarters, Indianapolis, Ind. Nou Her joined SAF in November 2013. She is a graduate of Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas where she earned her B.S. in business with a major in accounting. After graduation, Nou was promoted from her then current position as lease administrator to staff accountant at a commercial real estate company. She worked as an accountant at a bookkeeping firm in Indianapolis before joining SAF. Her duties include all things related to student accounts. Pam Shannon, Student Accounts Bookkeeper SAF Headquarters, Indianapolis, Ind. Pam Shannon joined SAF in February 2013. She was previously employed by J.C. Penney Co. and has a background in bookkeeping. Pam has lived in Japan where she was a bookkeeper for OMS International and taught conversational English. Pam is responsible for preparing student invoices and receiving payments, along with other duties that may arise with student accounts. Stone Yang, University Relations Officer SAF China, Beijing Office Stone Yang joined SAF in the beginning of October 2013. Stone is a graduate of Yanshan University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in tourism management. Stone worked for many years for Sprachcaffe Language Plus, which provided him with considerable insight into the education market in China. Michelle Li, Student Counselor SAF China, Guangzhou Office Michelle Li joined SAF as a program coordinator in September 2013. She is a graduate of Nankai University with a master’s degree in Chinese philology. During her graduate studies, she spent one year teaching Chinese to foreign students. She also has experience working for an advertising company as an account executive with responsibility for online promotion. Helen Feng, University Relations Officer SAF China, Shanghai Office Helen Feng joined SAF in March 2014 and has a master’s degree from York University in the U.K. Prior to joining SAF, Helen worked for the Zhejiang University Continuing Education Center as a TOEFL instructor. She is currently responsible for student consulting and marketing. Candy Zhao, Student Counselor SAF China, Shanghai Office Candy Zhao joined SAF in February 2014 as a student counselor. She is a graduate of Harbin Normal University with a master’s

degree in comparative education. Candy comes to SAF with previous experience working in the field of study abroad. Moe Miyatani, Program Coordinator, Rikkyo University, CIC Overseas Study Program - SAF Japan, Tokyo Office Moe Miyatani’s first overseas experience was during a high school summer program in Utah. She also studied in a Foundation Program at Trinity College in Melbourne, Australia, after which she completed an undergraduate degree in food science at The University of Melbourne. Moe worked for a representative office of Australian universities in Japan and joined SAF in July 2013. Mayumi Orime, Program Coordinator, Program & Student Services SAF Japan, Tokyo Office Mayumi Orime has a bachelor’s degree in law from Meiji University and continued her studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, completing a master’s degree in international relations and law. After returning to Japan, Mayumi worked in human resources at a subsidiary of a major Japanese trading company, assisting employees from the headquarters who were working overseas. Mayumi joined SAF in December 2013. Robyn Lee, Researcher SAF Korea, Seoul Office Robyn Lee joined SAF Korea in March 2014. She is a graduate of Daegu University in Korea with a degree in English literature and international relations. Robyn has been engaged in the field of international education with a focus on higher education in Singapore and Malaysia for the past two years. She also has experience providing student support services for an English summer camp and exchange participants. Robyn completed an international internship with the Singapore Informatics Academy where she worked as an Assistant Director for the Student Recruitment Department. Nur Azureen Binti Ariffin, Intern SAF Southeast Asia Nur Azureen Binti Ariffin joined SAF as a student intern from February to May 2014. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD) where she is majoring in mathematics. Azureen is also a UBD GENNEXT student who is required to spend meaningful time away from UBD to fulfill a mandatory international experience requirement of the UBD Discovery Year. Azureen developed study abroad material for her fellow UBD students and produced an online application guide.

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SAF Brunei Student Profile Ms. Nurul Syahida Binti Mat Daud and Ms. Nurhazwana Binti Jumat Home University: Universiti Brunei Darussalam Major: Geology Host University: University of Bristol, U.K. Duration of Study: Academic Year 2013-14 Program Type: Academic

Syahida (left) and Wana are best friends at UBD and Bristol, and they are both studying geology.

What attracted you to study abroad in the U.K. and at the University of Bristol? Having grown up in a small country, accustomed to the mundane laid-back lifestyle, we felt the need to get away for a while and experience something new and refreshing. So when the opportunity came along, it was an easy decision on our part. Bristol, the biggest city in the Southwest of England, is such an attractive city with a wonderful history. Moreover, the University of Bristol ranks among the elite, particularly for our major, Geology, and that in itself was one of our biggest motivations to choose Bristol as the destination for our study abroad year. Although we didn’t quite know what to expect initially, that was definitely one of the best decisions we’ve ever made and we don’t regret one bit of it. What will you remember most about your study abroad experience? We’ve learnt so much more than we could’ve ever imagined. There are many things that we will miss about this life-changing study abroad experience—from the little enjoyable moments, such as getting our lunch from our usual place and joining other students in a spontaneous picnic around campus on a lovely spring day (that we never get to experience back home because the Southeast Asian equatorial sunshine can get overbearing), to various fun-packed festivals and entertaining celebrations that are uniquely British. We will also miss the fond memories we made while studying in the university, which admittedly was a bit hard to adjust to at first, but we have grown to embrace and love it ultimately. And, not to be forgotten, is the geological field trip we had, which was a good learning experience. On top of everything, the best part about studying abroad is being able to travel to many different places. Seeing new places and meeting new people really open up one’s eyes and perspectives, and that’s the best learning experience out there.

SAF Japan Student Profile Mr. Ryoichi Inoue Home University: Keio University, Japan Major: Business Host University: University of California, Los Angeles Duration of Study: Academic Year 2013-14 Program Type: Academic

Ryoichi studies business at UCLA.

UCLA is one of the most reputable universities in the United States. During your time at UCLA, what did you find most challenging? What was most rewarding? The challenging thing would be catching up with courses. The study style is different from that of Japan. I went to office hours and was able to learn a lot from my professors. The most rewarding... this is a tough one, but I would say research for my business project. [When I] had to interview people, they kindly let me do my research if I said I was from UCLA. What has traveling around the United States
(and world) meant for you? Traveling is opening my views. I could meet a lot of people and have this feeling that I have to keep up my work and come back to this awesome city sometime in the future. Each city is totally different. The differences, culture, and people are the most interesting part of traveling. What will you remember most about your study abroad experience? [It was] tough but a good experience. As a marketing major, I was
surprised at how the teaching style was different. In Japan, marketing is normally taught more theoretically and as a “purpose.” In America, on the other hand, marketing is more regarded as a “means” to carry out your business plan. I thought I studied a lot and made the most out of it.

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New SAF Members AY 2013 -14 China China University of Mining and Technology Dongbei University of Finance and Economics Donghua University Fuzhou University Lanzhou University Nanchang Hangkong University Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Nanjing University of Science and Technology Shandong University Soochow University The University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus (UNMC) is the first university to join the SAF International University Network in Malaysia

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics Taiyuan University of Technology Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University Xi’an Jiaotong University Zhongnan University of Economics and Law

Japan Ochanamizu University

Korea Dankook University Seoul Women’s University

Kaori Amaya, Meiji University, and Zach Simon, SAF Program Coordinator, at California’s Great America amusement park in Santa Clara, Calif.

Malaysia University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

United States Johns Hopkins University University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Mississippi

SAF students attending Arizona State University enjoy the Dale Chihuly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

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