As the Rotary Club Madurai West, RI District 3000, celebrated its golden jubilee on July 4, along with the American Independence Day, the region’s student and teaching community got an exposure to the educational opportunities available in the US.
The US Consulate in collaboration with the club and USIEF (The United States — India Educational Foundation) later hosted the ‘Experience America’ from September 8–10.
We dream about going to the US to study. But Experience America has shown us the way to make this dream come true.
The students were told about the thousands of accredited colleges and universities, numerous programmes of study and flexibility to change their courses in the US, all this at affordable rates. ‘Experience America’ provided the student community of Madurai an insight into learning opportunities in the US.
Andie De Arment, Cultural Affairs Officer at the US Consulate, briefed students from ten schools and colleges about higher education in the US, visa procedures, Fulbright Fellowships. At an inter-college debate, students exchanged views on the topic: ‘Freedom of expression: the hallmark of a true democracy.’
An English Language Teaching (ELT) workshop on Communicative Language Teaching Methods for teachers, innovative business idea competition for college students, a workshop on multi-culturalism addressed by Ben Ousley, Deputy Consul, US Consulate, and a web conference on combating gender-based violence were the highlights of the event. Students also offered a tribute to American author and poet Maya Angelou who passed away recently.
About the event, Priyanka, a final year student from Lady Doak College said, “We dream about going to the US to study. But Experience America has shown us the way to make this dream come true.”