As a bi-national institution, Niagara University has a long tradition of educating international students. Over the past several weeks, NU administrators traveled to China, Taiwan, and Vietnam to continue the university’s international outreach in Asia.

The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University; Rev. Kevin Creagh, C.M., vice president of Campus Ministry and Mission; Dr. Tenpao Lee, interim dean of the College of Business Administration; Dr. Lei Han, associate professor of accounting; and Dr. Deborah Curtis, director, Brennan Center for Language, Culture and Leadership, met with administrators from more than 18 universities, secondary schools, and government organizations in Asia to develop educational partnerships and programs that are crafted to meet the needs of the specific institutions.

During the visit, Niagara signed agreements with Foreign Trade University (Vietnam), Hunan Institute of Engineering (China), and Wagor High School (Taiwan). The university will finalize a number of agreements with several other institutions in the coming months.

According to Business First of Buffalo, Niagara University is currently the largest private institution in Western New York, in terms of international students, and the second largest overall in this area. This year, Niagara has students studying from 38 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Turkey, China, and South Korea, to name just a few.

The international student base on campus adds to the living-learning environment, and brings a global perspective to the Niagara University experience. And the benefits of the international student population go beyond the campus and the classroom. The international students at Niagara University have an economic impact of $14 million, supporting 88 jobs in the Western New York community, according to the NAFSA Association of International Educators. While maintaining a keen commitment to students and families from the region, Niagara’s return on the investment to globalize was $3.9 M within the first three years of its strategic implementation.