Webinar on U.S. – Greek Academic Collaboration and NAFSA

Study in Greece (SiG), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Athens, hosted a highly successful virtual event aimed at providing Greek universities with essential insights to enhance Greek-U.S. academic collaborations and attract American students to explore educational opportunities in Greece. The event, held on Friday, March 1st, featured Ms. Jennifer Evanuik, a distinguished higher education internationalization consultant and Senior Director of International Initiatives at Georgia State University.

Ms. Evanuik led an interactive Zoom session comprising two segments focusing on critical themes pertinent to Greek-U.S. collaboration in higher education. In the first session, she addressed strategies to bolster the study-abroad capacity of Greek institutions in a challenging global landscape, ways to attract U.S. students to Greek campuses, and ways to establish and advance academic partnerships between Greece and the United States.

During the webinar, Ms. Evanuik mentioned Greece’s position as the #8 destination for US study abroad students in 2022, with 4500 students choosing to study there. However, despite efforts to increase study abroad participation, only 6% of US undergraduate students currently study abroad, with a notable trend towards shorter summer programs (65%) and semester exchange programs (30%).

In the second session, Ms. Evanuik demystified the NAFSA conference, offering invaluable insights into navigating this renowned event. Attendees gained practical guidance on preparing for the conference, identifying strategic partnerships, and leveraging the event to enhance international student recruitment.

Overall, the event provided Greek universities with actionable insights to navigate the complexities of internationalization and foster meaningful collaborations with their US counterparts.

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