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EducationUSA Holds First College Fair in F.S.M.

May 3, 2011

On April 27, the EducationUSA Advising Center (EAC) at the College of Micronesia-FSM organized the first U.S. college fair in the F.S.M.  Program participants included U.S. Ambassador to the F.S.M. Peter A. Prahar, COM-FSM Acting Interim President Joe Habuchmai, EAC Advisers Lore Nena and Mike Ioanis, COM-FSM faculty and staff, and U.S. college and university alumni. Nearly 200 students attended from COM-FSM, various public and private high schools, and the U.S. Federal programs Upward Bound (UB) and Educational Talent Search Program (TSP) in Pohnpei.

As geographical limitations restrict U.S. college representative traffic, the EAC solicited U.S. college and university alumni residing in Pohnpei to represent their schools.  Volunteer representatives requested informational and marketing materials from their alma maters, which they then distributed to college fair attendees. 

Citing his own international college experience in Japan, Ambassador Prahar explained that "the extra work involved in figuring out a foreign school system and dealing with life in a foreign country will prove of enormous value to you in the future."  Identifying international study as a "life-changing experience," Prahar highlighted that U.S. President Barack Obama is "himself a product of international education": his parents, Ann Dunam of Kansas and Barack Obama Sr. of Kenya, met in Basic Russian class at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

EducationUSA is a global network of more than 400 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) fosters mutual understanding between the United States and other countries by promoting personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad.  EducationUSA centers actively promote U.S. higher education around the world by offering accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information about educational institutions in the United States.  Millions of prospective students learn about U.S. study opportunities through EducationUSA advising centers each year.   

According to the Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors report, 609,923 international students studied in the United States in 2009-2010 academic year.  Approximately thirty percent of those students come from the East Asia and Pacific Region.  


EducationUSA Advising Center (A+ Center)

College of Micronesia-FSM National Campus

PHONE: (691) 320-2480/2481 ext. 301/302






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