CHARLESTON -- Mutombo Kabasele, the assistant dean for international education at Eastern Illinois University, recently spoke to the Charleston Rotary Club about the international student program.
According to a press release, the United States has historically been the top destination for international students owing to its quality higher education system, welcoming culture and relatively open labor market.
The US hosts about 1.1 million of 4.6 million college-age enrolled international students’ worldwide. According to the latest figures, Mutombo said, international students contributed nearly $37 billion to the US economy and created or supported more than 450,000 jobs. There are currently 325 international students from 52 countries enrolled at EIU.
Mutombo is in his first year at EIU. A native of the Congo, Mutombo grew up in France. He was worked with international students at universities in Arizona and South Carolina prior to joining the international student office at EIU.
The Charleston Rotary Club is involved in international projects, from the Rotary Youth Exchange program to helping fund Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio from the planet and other health and humanitarian endeavors. Charleston Rotary meets at noon on Tuesdays at the Charleston Public Library.