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SEP Students Find Inspiration at Harvard Conference
Three students represented University of St. Thomas’ Social Entrepreneurship Program at the 15th annual Harvard Social Enterprise Conference in Boston, Mass., in March. This was the second time students have represented UST at the conference.

Pecten Scholarships Benefit International Studies Students
Pecten ScholarshipFour recipients of the Pecten Chemical Scholarship in International Studies enjoyed lunch with the scholarship’s founders, Marilyn and Don Ullrich, on May 1.  Created in 1989 with a $500 gift, the Pecten Scholarship has grown to be the largest endowed scholarship for students in the Center for International Studies. 

International Festival Brings the World to UST
The 11th Annual International Festival at the University of St. Thomas brought the world to UST for an evening of fun, food and cultural displays.  An estimated 700 attendees from campus and the greater community came out to enjoy a taste of the world, ranging from Brazilian samba, traditional Polish dancing, Argentine empanadas and Saudi Arabian tea with cultural displays representing more than 25 countries on April 24th. 

UST Commits to Boost Study Abroad
Taiwan Study AbroadThe University of St Thomas-Houston has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. The result will be thousands more American students graduating with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world.

Students Impress at Southwest Conference on International Studies
Eight UST students writing their senior thesis capstone papers in international studies and international development won over scholars during their panel presentations.

Sindelar Reappointed to Houston Export Council
Exports are vital to the growth of the U.S economy, never more so than now in an internationally connected world. Richard Sindelar, assistant professor at the Center for International Studies, said in turn, economic growth promotes jobs and reduces unemployment.

Diplomacy Series Studies U.S. Cyber Security Challenges
Cyber Security LuncheonThe Center for International Studies hosted a luncheon for community leaders and students about international cyber security challenges on Feb. 25, which included Dr. Christopher Bronk from Rice University’s Baker Institute and FBI Special Agent Cody Monk. 

CIS Hosts Croatian Ambassador to the U.S.
Croatian Ambassador Josko ParoCroatian Ambassador to the United States, Josko Paro, visited the University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies and its Distinguished Diplomacy Program on Jan. 27. During the meeting, Ambassador Paro talked with students, faculty and friends of the university about the history of Croatia, its current economic situation and Croatian hopes for their country’s future.

UST Student Delegation Meets Taiwan’s President
To meet with a nation’s president is a great honor. This is an honor 14 students from the University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies experienced when they met with Taiwan's president, Mr. Ma Ying-jeou on Jan. 9 in recognition of the successful educational and cultural exchanges between UST and Taiwan. The UST students were led by the Center director, Dr. Hans Stockton, an East Asia expert and long-time Taiwan specialist who has led such delegations since 2007 as part of a course he teaches on contemporary Taiwan.  

Conflict Resolution Students Learn the Art of Mediation
A University of St. Thomas international studies course offers students the first-time opportunity to earn a certificate in professional conflict mediation. As a result, the Association for Conflict Resolution chapter in Houston (ACRH) recognized two UST international studies students



Through the network of International Studies faculty and alumni, Center for International Studies students have access to numerous internship opportunities.

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Established in 1981, the Center for International Studies is Houston's oldest degree-granting center of international higher learning. International Studies prepares students for careers in international business, law, politics and public service. In addition, the Center promotes understanding of international relations, cultural differences and the benefits that come from cooperation within the human family.
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