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Education Trade Mission to Poland AND Czech Republic April 15-19, 2012

Poland – April 15-17, 2012

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The Education Team recruited twelve universities to participate in this Education Mission. The U.S. schools were interested in recruitment of undergraduate students, graduate students and Poles interested in MBA programs. They were also interested in meeting with representatives of Polish universities for potential cooperation. U.S. Commercial Service organized the briefings, student fair and individual partner meetings as well as handled all logistics for the Mission’s stop in Warsaw.

For the organization of briefings and student fair on the first day of the Mission, the U.S. Commercial Service Warsaw partnered with the State Department’s EducationUSA program and the Fulbright Commission. This smooth cooperation not only maximized the outreach to Polish students but the impressive EducationUSA booth at the student fair and parallel information sessions for Polish students, substantially increased the overall attractiveness of the student fair.

The Embassy and the Polish educators’ briefings in the morning were followed by the student fair in the afternoon officially launched by Adam Wilczewski, the Undersecretary’s Chief of Staff and Ann Merrill, Regional Director, EducationUSA. With 320 pre-registered plus 150 registered on-site, the student fair on Monday afternoon had a lot of traffic for each of the U.S. schools.

On the second day, we organized a total of 70 individual partner meetings for the U.S. schools. In addition, six schools, which promoted undergraduate programs, opted in for a visit to the American School of Warsaw in the afternoon. There they saw another 200 students and participated in meetings with the faculty and staff who counsel students making College decisions.

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