Auburn University goes global with International Accelerator Program
Auburn University, which is situated in Auburn, Alabama (USA) is broadening its horizons to market the college as an international destination for higher education. The university is especially keen on marketing itself to Indian students.
The International Accelerator Program (IAP), which is part of the recently launched Auburn Global program, is a first year course of study geared for international students. The program is supposed to combine credit-bearing course work with intensive language instruction and supplemental academic support resources to help students adapt to the cultural and social differences of an American university.
Auburn University is likely to appeal to students who are technologically inclined, as the college’s engineering alumni include four NASA astronauts, three directors of the Kennedy Space Center, and various CEOs including Apple’s Tim Cook.
Dr. Joseph Majdalani, Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University, said, “For international students, the move from high school in their home countries to a university in the U.S. can be quite daunting. Auburn Global provides consistent, extensive, well-structured, and, most importantly, well-proven support for our international students. The launch of the International Accelerator Program is a testament to Auburn’s unwavering commitment towards helping our students to achieve their highest potential both academically and professionally.”
Since 1997, Majdalani’s research activities have lead to over 235 publications that have appeared in academic journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. He received the 2015 National Faculty Advisor Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Auburn University is one of four colleges recognized by the United States National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations and it is also home to the nation’s first and only bachelor’s degree in wireless engineering and boasts the second oldest aerospace engineering program in the US.
Timothy Boosinger, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Auburn, said, “Auburn Global will strategically strengthen the university’s reputation as a campus without borders by showcasing our academic programs and increasing our student diversity. Students from India and beyond will add value to our community through their diverse perspectives and will enhance our extraordinary global network of alumni.”
Auburn University has a significant India connection, and its Indian Students Association (ISA) has been functional for 25 years. The ISA is intended to offer support to Indian students at Auburn and raise awareness of Indian culture and traditions within the community.