Monday, August 29, 2022

The University Of Delaware Hosts Its Alumni Gathering In Bangalore

* Alumni shared their professional journeys while recalling their nostalgic memories of their time at the university 

The University of Delaware, a public, tier-1 research university ranked in the top 100 national universities and top 50 public universities, hosted a stellar evening of its first ever alumni meeting in Bangalore. The University had organised a similar event recently in Hyderabad.

The University of Delaware, which is a home to over 1300 international students is considered among the top 20 colleges in the US. It offers undergraduate students 150 majors, with its best majors being engineering, business, and the sciences. 23 graduate programmes from the University of Delaware were listed among the top 100 in the country in the 2023 edition of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News and World Report, with 10 of those programmes placed in the top 50.

With its commitment of being a global university, the University of Delaware was the first American university to start a study abroad programme, and many other universities soon followed. In terms of international enrolments, the university has the second highest number of students from India. The alumni gathering was planned not just to commemorate and re-connect with alumni, but also to give prospective Indian students interested in studying abroad a great insight of the university. On this occasion, University of Delaware alumni from India and abroad shared their memories of studying at the university and how the university and its faculty have contributed to their personality and career development.

At the outset, Dr. Song Hoffman, Director of International Admissions, and Prof. Rick Andews, Senior Associate Dean at the Lerner College of Business and Economics; Kristian Graves and Meaghan Hoghan, Associate Vice Presidents for Development; Dr. Ravi Ammigan, Associate Provost for International Programs; and Jamila Shaikh, University Representative (India) welcomed the alumni.

Graduates from various departments of the university gathered to rejoice and reflect on their experiences as university students. The alumni who attended the meet were placed not just in India but also in other countries throughout the world as corporate executives, administrative leaders, bureaucrats, and policymakers.

Sharing her thoughts, Dr. Song Hoffman, Director of International Admissions, said, “For University of Delaware’s recruitment efforts, India has been a top market thanks to its high academic caliber students both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is in the University’s vision and strategic plan to welcome more international students on campus. With a combination of academic excellence, diversed and inclusive campus community, state-of-art learning and research facilities, and attractive international scholarships, University of Delaware continues remaining one of the top flagship universities in the United States of America to be a favorite destination for international students.”

Speaking of the university as one of Indian students' top overseas study destinations, Prof. Rick Andews, Senior Associate Dean at the Lerner College of Business and Economics, said, “The University of Delaware is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university offering 150 undergraduate programs and over 200 graduate programs though seven academic colleges—Agriculture and Natural Resources; Arts and Sciences, Earth, Ocean, and Environment; Education and Human Development; Engineering; Health Sciences; and Lerner College of Business and Economics.  UD is also home to the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, named after the 46th president of the United States, Joseph R. Biden.”

He further added, “Ranked #38 in US News & World Report’s Top Public Schools, UD employs over 1,200 faculty who are committed to academic scholarship, high-quality teaching, and public and professional service.  Faculty at UD have adopted the Scholar-Teacher model, bringing insights from their academic research into the classroom.  While most universities prioritize either academic research or teaching excellence, UD strikes a unique balance between the two, providing students with excellent learning opportunities grounded in the latest academic research.”

Prior to the meeting, representatives from the university attended the International Career and Counseling Movement (IC3) annual conference, which was also held in Hyderabad. There, they spoke with representatives from higher education and met new international students who will be attending the University of Delaware this fall semester.

The University of Delaware has a lot of notable alumni such as Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. , 46th, current President of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, the current first lady of the United States, Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, Henry C. Brinton, the director of NASA's research division, and Richard F. Heck (Organic Chemistry).

About the University of Delaware:

The University of Delaware is a public, tier-1 research university ranked in the top 100 national universities and top 50 public universities. UD is medium-sized with 25,000 total students and offers 150 majors to undergraduate students, with our strongest majors in engineering, business, and the sciences. Our traditionally beautiful campus, located between New York City and Washington, D.C., offers everything international students would want from an American university.

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