TTU President stresses benefits of internationalization after tr

TTU President stresses benefits of internationalization after trip to China

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas Tech President, Lawrence Schovanec, just returned from a trip to China.

Nearly ten percent of the student body is international students, including a sizable portion from China.    

"49 states, 247 counties, and like 110 or 112 countries and I think that speaks to the presence of Tech and expansive of its reputation. And that's the way it should be because Texas Tech can't exist on just drawing the population of West Texas," President Schovanec said.

300 of the school's 3,000 international students are from China. Many are a part of the "3+X" program, where students complete three years of school in China, finish their bachelors at Tech and get their graduate degree here too.

"They were aware that we moved into this Carnegie tier one class, they refer to Texas Tech as a tier one school, when you have to pay to go study abroad, students are very selective about where they do it and it matters that they're going to a school with an excellent reputation and I am very encouraged about the improving reputation of Texas Tech," he said.

More international students bring diversity and cultural enrichment, but Schovanec said there's also a financial motive.

"A large percentage of our international students pay full tuition, so if that maybe doesn't sound right, I can't deny that there's a financial consideration there," he said.

According to Schovanec, he learns something new every time he goes to China. This was his fourth trip.

"People really aren't that different wherever you go and when you interact with people on an individual basis it makes you feel good and I think that's the wonderful thing about having international students here. They learn that we have much more in common than we do in differences," he said.

This fall will be the first class at Texas Tech University at Costa Rica. 

President Schovanec said there are no plans to open a university in China, but will consider an international center.

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