Fontbonne was recognized with the Export Achievement Certificate. The Commercial Service division of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce gives award to an organization that displays excellence in strengthening international relations.
Online PR News – 04-June-2013 – ST. LOUIS – Fontbonne University was recognized with the Export Achievement Certificate at a ceremony at The Old Post Office during the Study Missouri reception on Thursday, May 30. The Commercial Service division of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce gives this award to a business or organization that has displayed excellence in export services and strengthening international relationships.
“We’ve been moved over the years by Fontbonne’s commitment to international students,” said Cory Simek, Director of United States Commercial Service in St. Louis. “It’s rare that a university gets this award, but Fontbonne has not only shown dedication to their international program, they’ve inspired other schools to do the same.”
In 2007, Fontbonne enrolled approximately 68 international students from 12 countries. By fall 2012, Fontbonne had enrolled 192 students from 27 countries, which accounts for an increase of nearly 180 percent.
“Fontbonne staff have traveled the world to admit the best international students,” Simek said. “From Canada to Katmandu – literally Katmandu!”
Mayor of the City of Clayton, Harold J. Sanger, presented the certificate to Fontbonne president Dr. Dennis Golden at the ceremony.
“We are honored to receive this award,” Golden said. “Fontbonne’s increase in international enrollment is attributable in part to the relationship with the U.S. Commercial Service. They have provided expertise and counsel that has greatly helped in our goal to strengthen our international student population. We are grateful, and look forward to continuing this relationship well into the future.”
Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering liberal arts and professional programs, as well as evening and online formats for busy adults. Fontbonne was founded in 1923 and is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.