On Saturday, April 9th, I was honored to be able to participate in the U.S. Embassy College Fair in the capital city of Lilongwe on the site of the beautiful Umodzi Park Conference Center. Over 43 United States Colleges and Universities were represented and we had more than 500 Malawian students in attendance.
Opened in May of 2015, Umodzi Park includes the Bingu Wa Mutharika International Convention Centre (BICC), and the President Walmont hotel.
The fair was sponsored by EducationUSA and the Education Advising Centre at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe. EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries. The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world.
The Education Advising Centre was created in 2000 to provide services to serious Malawian students seeking to further their education in the United States.
I was quite busy at my Framingham State University table at the warm but windy entrance to the conference center. As you can see, I depended on these small rocks to secure my papers from blowing off of the table. The FSU admissions office shipped wonderful promotional materials to Malawi for this event, and I was also able to share pictures and videos of our campus.
One high point of the day was when U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer and Malawi’s Minister of Education Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano officially opened the fair.
Another high point was meeting all of the students who expressed interest in Framingham State University as they made their way through the exhibition.