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Lebanon Valley College Welcomes 54 Students from Tianjin, China
01.21.14 |
Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne, LVC president, and the staff of the Office of Admission hosted 54 students from China’s Tianjin No. 4 High School on Saturday, Jan. 18. The students, ranging in age from 12 to 17, spent the day learning about life at The Valley as they consider enrolling at the College in the future.

“We are excited to rejuvenate the College’s international recruitment program,” said Bill Brown, vice president for enrollment. “We hope these students will choose to receive a top-notch education at LVC that will prepare them for a successful career, deepen the multicultural experience on campus, and provide a more global perspective to our domestic students.”

The Chinese students, accompanied by the College’s new international admission agent, Tze-Teck Sim, experienced a campus tour with Valley Ambassadors and spent time discussing LVC’s academic and social programming with faculty, administrators, and current students. View photos from the visit by clicking here.

“The buildings are beautiful and the air is very fresh,” said Fang Jingyi, 16. “All the professors and students were so kind. They were patient and tried to help us as much as they could in every way. I am interested in music, the piano. I had a chance to talk with Dr. Eric Fung of the faculty, who is an expert in piano. That was wonderful.”

Geng Lin, also 16, is interested in studying physics. “Our student guide was very kind and answered all our questions. And we had a lot of them. LVC students are very lucky to be at such a great school. You can have a great future by studying here.”

“The staff stood out in the cold weather this morning to greet us, but we felt their warm welcome,” said Son Shisheng, one of the teachers accompanying the students. “We thank everyone at Lebanon Valley College for giving us this chance to visit. I hope some of my students will have the opportunity to attend Lebanon Valley College.”

Tianjin is the fourth largest city in China, and is located in northern China adjacent to the Yellow Sea. It is a major commercial port.

This visit is the first of many to be organized by Sim, who has also worked with other institutions of higher learning in New York State regarding recruitment of international students.

Lebanon Valley College offers a rich tradition of international student recruitment that dates back to its first class of students in 1866. Prior to the turn of the 20th century, for example, LVC enrolled students from Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Sierra Leone, and Turkey (then Asia Minor). The College hopes eventually to recruit international students at levels exceeding the more than 100 international students from 45 countries who called the College home in the 1990s. 

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