VIU President, Dr. Isa Sarac visited the Embassy of Tunisia on Friday October 21, 2011 to introduce Virginia International University to the Ambassador Mr. Mohamed Salah Tekaya and the First Secretary Ms. Faten Bahri.

The Ambassador emphasized an importance of youth education in Tunisia, where recently free elections were held for the first time in the history of the Arab Spring. Mr. Tekaya mentioned that he was very excited about writing a new page in Tunisian-American relationships as a representative of a new democracy. Dr. Sarac replied that Virginia International University had just two students from Tunisia, and that he would be happy to see more in the nearest future.

VIU on Mongolian TV

On October 7, 2011 Colors of America, one of the popular programs of Ulaanbaatar Broadcasting System which is the second largest channel in Mongolia, visited at VIU. One of VIU’s Mongolian students, Undraa Togosbold participated in this program in order to introduce our school and students’ life in the USA. Ms.Undraa who invited ‘Colors of America’ received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, in Japan. Now she is studying for her MBA at VIU, with a major in Accounting.

VIU has several Mongolian students who study a variety of programs including ESL, BBA, MBA, MIS and more. The percentage of students of Mongolian decent in the student body is increasing annually. For that instance the visit of ‘Colors of America’ was important for VIU. Mr. Batbayar, the producer of the program conducted an interview with Dr. Isa Sarac, President of Virginia International University, Mr. Bayarjargal Battulga, Business Manager and Ms. Emily Leighty, Admissions Officer. Dr. Sarac stated our school’s mission, vision and goals including his objective to increase number of Mongolian students and to expand our relationship with Mongolia, as a whole. Dr. Sarac mentioned that even though he founded higher education businesses in Europe, the USA was unique place where students can gain modern, up-to-date education. It means people can receive the most quality-oriented education only in USA compared with other nations.

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This is a guest post, written by one of VIU’s MBA Students, Ariunaa Dashtsogt, who traveled from her home country of Mongolia to study in the United States. Ariunaa is pictured on the far right in the photo below. Thank you Ariunaa for creating such an informative post for us to share on our blog!

Ms. Hilary Kozikowski, Dr. Isa Sarac, HE Kh. Bekhbat, & Ms. Ariunaa Dashtsogt

On October 3, 2011 Dr. Isa Sarac, President of Virginia International University (VIU), and Ms. Hilary Kozikowski, Academic Coordinator for the School of Business met with the U.S. Ambassador Kh.Bekhbat at the Mongolian Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Sarac began the meeting by mentioning VIU’s goal and mission statement:  “Our University was established in 1998 with the goal of providing affordable, quality higher-education to students as they prepare to meet ever-evolving needs and opportunities of the 21st Century workforce. Our student body represents more than 70 different countries. We have qualified and experienced professors, and our curricula includes practical experience. On the other hand, VIU started our relationship with the Mongolian Embassy about 10 years ago.  So we are ready to invite Mongolian students to the U.S.”

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