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Effective And Efficient Means To Prepare International Students For U.S. Engineering/Technical Education

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.230.1 - 3.230.6

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Kassim M. Tarhini

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Gerald R. Frederick

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Benjamin Koo

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Session 1360


Gerald R. Frederick Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Kassim M. Tarhini Department of Civil Engineering Valparaiso University

Benjamin Koo Professor Emeritus/Engineering University of Toledo


Approaching a new century, increasing world-wide industrial and technological competitiveness demands excellence in engineering and technical education. The U.S. is priviledged to enjoy the economic and technological advances required to excel in global competition. Therefore, young people from around the world come to this country for studying and training at universities and other educational institutes to prepare themselves for future leadership roles in science and engineering. Their educational and cultural experiences gained in the U.S. will assist them in enabling their native countries to compete in global enterprises.

During the mid-1990's, a significant portion of the engineering student population in the U.S. was due to international students[1]. In 1993/94 international students in the field of engineering totaled 76,055 or about 17 percent of the international student population. The number of international students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas was 427 in 1992/93 and 503 in 1993/94; at the University of Toledo, it was 1440 in 1992/93 and 1349 in 1993/94. Accordingly, efficient methods must be implemented to guide these students through U.S. institutions of higher learning.


To guide international students, as well as native born students, through their educational experiences, universities must develop and execute a number of programs/policies. These programs include

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Tarhini, K. M., & Frederick, G. R., & Koo, B. (1998, June), Effective And Efficient Means To Prepare International Students For U.S. Engineering/Technical Education Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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