4 NEWS Tuesday, November 28 2017 | NEW ERA Namibians studying in the U.S. increase taff Reporter indhoek amibian students studying at various universities and colleges in the United tates of America (USA) have ncreased by 22 percent during the 016/2017 academic year, bringing he total number to 93. The number of Namibian tudents in the U.S. has been teadily rising over the past few ears with an increase of 13.4 ercent in the 2015/2016 academic ear. The number of U.S. students tudying in Namibia has also ncreased steadily by 7.9 percent uring the 2015/2016 period, ccording to a report by the U.S. mbassy in Namibia. “This highlights the diversity f strong relations in education iplomacy and cultural exchanges etween Namibia and the U.S.,” aid Eric Atkins, the public affairs Furthermore, of the 93 Namibian tudents in the U.S., 55 students, hich is about 59.1 percent, are ndergraduate students. A total of 35 students, constituting 7.6 percent, are graduate students nd the remaining 3.3 percent are n optional practical and no degree training. The report also shows that Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma are the top six states hosting Namibian students. “International education should be part of every student’s academic career. Through more globalized classrooms and through international exchange, students experience new perspectives and learn how to adapt to unexpected circumstances, work with diverse peers and communicate across cultures and languages. These experiences will help prepare students to enter global markets and solve the world’s toughest challenges,” said Atkins. Leena Iitula is one of the 93 Namibians studying in the U.S. The young woman, who is pursuing a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESL), is on a fully-funded Fulbright scholarship. “I learned about the scholarship through friends and former University of Namibia classmates, who got the privilege to pursue their masters in the U.S. funded by the Fulbright program,” said Iitula. She decided to give it a shot and applied in 2015. Amongst other things, Iitula has been exposed to American culture, law, the political Photo Contributed In a foreign land… Leena Iitula who is studying for a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESL) at the Minnesota State University in Mankato, pictured with fellow students. system, and the education system. “This is only my third month and I must say I have learned immensely and gained profound exposure to various facets, both academic and social, which I would never have experienced if it weren’t for this opportunity,” said Iitula. Prior to going to the U.S., Iitula was particularly worried about the cultural shock she might experience. She had never lived in a foreign country before and as a result had fears she might struggle to adjust. “I grew up with the understanding that life in the U.S. is fast paced and no one really has time for the next person. But most people that I have come in contact with, mainly in the academic sphere, are really social, helpful and supportive,” said Iitula. 1758 IT DOESN’T TAKE 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES TO PERFORM SWAN LAKE IT TAKES 20 YEARS Margot Fonteyn is regarded as one of the greatest ballerinas of all time. By the time she was twenty years old, she had performed Swan Lake as the prima ballerina. For her it was a lifetime of sore feet, straight backs and lifted chins. Sticking to a goal, day in and day out. At Allan Gray we value this kind of commitment. It’s the same philosophy we apply to investing and it has worked well for our clients for 43 years. Call Allan Gray on (061) 22 11 03 or your financial adviser, or visit www.allangray.com.na
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