Understanding U.S. Higher Education System and Its Current Trends

Hybrid event
Street view of Villanova University campus

Photo credit: Villanova University

May 3, 2023

The Fulbright Finland Foundation organized together with Villanova University a training event for Finnish higher education institution representatives, high school counselors, and students interested in opportunities in the U.S. The training covered U.S. post-secondary education system in its diversity, U.S. higher education institution accreditation practices as well as how U.S. institutions compare to one another. Also, current hot topics at U.S. universities and colleges as well as student experience in a U.S. university were highlighted. The ways Fulbright Finland Foundation programs, services, and partnerships can be utilized to expand U.S. exchange opportunities were also discussed during the course of the event. Villanova University was featured as a U.S. university case example.

Program

13:00 Welcome
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Finland Foundation

13:05 Navigating the U.S. Higher Education System and Current Trends
Kelsey Fenner, Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships, Villanova University

14:05 Fulbright Finland Foundation Internationalization Services for Higher Education Institutions
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Finland Foundation

14:35-15:00 Coffee Break
Chance to have one-on-one discussions with the Foundation team members

15:00 Fulbright Finland Foundation Grant Programs to the U.S.
Emilia Holopainen, Program and Alumni Networks Specialist, Fulbright Finland Foundation

15:30 U.S. College Experience – Student’s View
Joe Zinno, Villanova University alum and 2022-23 Fulbright-LUT University Graduate Awardee

16:00 Villanova University and the Presidential Scholars Program
Catherine Stecyk, Director, Center for Research and Fellowships, Villanova University
Joe Zinno, Villanova University alum and 2022-23 Fulbright-LUT University Graduate Awardee

16:45 Event ends

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