Calvin Mackie, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and a handful of Tulane students gathered early on Tuesday (Nov. 21) for a digital video conference that literally spanned the globe.
The conference, which linked Mackie and the Tulane students with 40 students from three secondary schools in Kuwait, was part of the State Department Speaker Program, and was hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait in conjunction with International Education Week (Nov. 13-17).
Mackie, who led the conference at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State, opened the one-hour program with a talk about university life in the U.S. and the variety of programs available to prospective students, particularly in engineering and petrochemical fields. The Tulane students then joined him in fielding questions from the Kuwaiti students.
The conference was designed to encourage Kuwaiti students to consider higher education in the United States. According to State Department information, U.S. universities have experienced a significant decline in Kuwaiti students since 9/11.
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