Dominican University joins Department of Commerce trade mission to Indonesia, Vietnam

Dominican University of California is among the 56 colleges and universities invited to join Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, on the Obama Administration’s first education services trade mission to Jakarta, Indonesia, and Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam, April 2-8.

This will be Commerce’s first services-only trade mission for the Administration since President Obama announced his National Export


Initiative and reinforces the critical role education will play in enhancing the United States global competitiveness. The mission will explore opportunities for international student recruitment and partnerships with higher education institutions in Indonesia and Vietnam. More than 20,000 students from these two countries currently attend U.S. colleges and universities.

Dominican will be represented by Dr. Jayati Ghosh, associate dean of the School of Business & Leadership and executive director of the University’s Office of Internationalization & Global Education.

Expanding Dominican’s international outreach is a priority of the University’s recently released strategic plan, which calls for an expansion of the University’s student body through international partnerships.

Dominican opened the Office of Internationalization & Global Education in 2010 in order to spearhead globalization efforts at the University. Currently, the University has about 90 international students enrolled from 20 countries, including Taiwan, China, Thailand, France, Sweden, and Spain. In addition, Dominican students currently are studying overseas at institutions in Sweden, France, and England.

  “The University’s globalization efforts are focused on expanding international partnerships for study abroad, growing our international student body, and developing expansion strategies to offer selected programs in international locations,” Dr. Ghosh said.

“The mission of the Office of Internationalization & Global Education is to promote cross-cultural contact, understanding and appreciation among students, faculty, staff and members of the community,” she added.

In 2006, the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce relocated its North Bay Export Assistance Center to Dominican's San Rafael campus. The U.S. Commercial Service is a federal government agency that helps small and medium-sized companies export goods and services. The April 2-8 trade mission will include education sector briefings and a student fair at each of the three stops, with additional matchmaking and networking sessions with local schools and faculty. Other California colleges participating in the mission include the University of California Santa Cruz, California State University, East Bay and California State University, San Bernardino.

Indonesia and Vietnam are two key export markets for U.S. companies. Expanding educational opportunities for their students will provide direct benefits to U.S. companies doing business with these critical markets in the future. Education and training rank among the top 10 U.S. services exports. Tuition and living expenses from international students and their families brought in nearly $19 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2009-2010 academic year.