New EducationUSA Advising Center in Singapore officially opens during International Education Week
U.S. Embassy Singapore Charge d’Affaires Rafik Mansour, CEO of XCL Education Brian Rogove, and CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore Dr. Hsien- Hsien Lei officially opened a new EducationUSA Advising Center located within XCL World Academy, at 2 Yishun Street 42.
Since 2014 EducationUSA has engaged over 54,000 students in Singapore and more than 33,000 Singaporeans have gone on to study in the United States since 2009. EducationUSA’s Advising Center in Singapore coincided with International Education Week and the annual release of the Open Doors Report, which tracks international educational exchange.The official opening for
Despite COVID-19, the United States remains the top destination for international students. In 2020-2021, the United States welcomed over 914,000 international students from over 200 countries. Currently there are nearly 3,600 Singaporeans studying at U.S. universities.
Chargé d’Affaires Rafik Mansour said, “The United States remains open to international students, despite COVID-19 which has affected international educational exchange and student mobility around the world. We’re committed to assist international students to gain new perspectives in global classrooms, learn how to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances, work with diverse peers, and communicate across cultures and languages. Building life-long connections also creates a platform for future leaders to work together to solve the world’s toughest challenges. This center is here to help people have those experiences and build those life-long friendships.”
Supported by the U.S. Department of State, the EducationUSA center aims to promote, higher education in United States to students around the world by offering free, accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States. The EducationUSA center, which is implemented by the American Chamber of Commerce Singapore in partnership with XCL World Academy, will offer workshops and college counseling services for all students interested in studying in the United States.
Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei, CEO, AmCham Singapore said, “AmCham Singapore is delighted with the opening of the Education USA Advising Center at the XCL World Academy Campus. This event brings to life the key goals of the U.S.-Singapore Strategic Partnership in deepening our people-to-people connections. AmCham Singapore firmly believes that Singapore students who aim to study in the United States will gain not only a world-class education, but also international perspectives that will be essential in meeting the challenges of the future.”
XCL Education CEO Brian Rogove said, “XCL Education and our schools in Singapore, XCL World Academy and XCL American Academy, are honored to partner with AmCham and EducationUSA to host the Advising Center at our campus. XCL Education is committed to preparing our students for university matriculation which starts in Grade 8 at XCL World Academy. The Advising Center is co-located with our University and Careers Counseling services, so we can foster the sharing of expertise and best practices, which will benefit not just our students, but also all in Singapore who are interested in pursuing higher education in the United States of America. We recognize the importance of U.S. – Singapore ties, and we hope to contribute to this in the field of education, both in hosting the Advising Center, and also in launching the XCL American Academy – an accessible American-curriculum international school at an affordable price point starting in August 2022.”
With over 65 EducationUSA centers in the Indo Pacific and nearly 4,000 accredited institutions of higher education in the United States, there’s a good fit for every international student.