Published on March 16, 2011  

David Chapman, Dean of Samford University's Howard College of Arts and Sciences and Tatyana Karaman, Samford's Associate Vice President for Decision Support and Financial Strategy, met with officials from six Chinese universities during a special recruiting trip March 2-8.

Chapman and Karaman traveled to the cities of Beijing, Tianjin, Yantai and Wuhan to promote student and faculty exchange relationships between Samford and Tsinghua University, Nankai University and Yantai University--some of China's most prominent universities. Tsinghua University in Beijing hosted Chapman and Karaman at a special dinner during their visit.

Samford hopes to recruit as many as 25 Chinese students next year. “Chinese students are eager to travel to the United States,"Chapman said, "and we believe that hosting international students enhances the global experience of all students at Samford.”

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.