New recruitment officer reaching out to international graduate students

As Carleton welcomes hundreds of international undergrads to campus this fall, the university will also begin to focus more attention on the recruitment of international graduate students.

Some of the best applicants to Carleton’s graduate programs are often international students, says John Shepherd, dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. As such, international students make an important contribution to Carleton’s research initiatives and enrich the cultural and intellectual diversity of the university.

In order to increase the international presence of graduate students at Carleton, the new position of international graduate recruitment officer was created as part of President Roseann O’Reilly’s strategic plan Defining Dreams. Greg Aulenback assumed this position in June.

“Having more international graduate students will add considerably to Carleton’s profile as a research-intensive university,” says Aulenback. “International students bring a wealth of knowledge from their home countries that really contributes to the research being done right here at Carleton.”

To concentrate on international recruitment, Aulenback will first focus on establishing collaborative agreements with embassies and international agencies that have international recruiting services for students.

Aulenback says his position is important to Carleton because it allows for international recruitment activities — previously undertaken on an informal basis — to be fully supported and co-ordinated.

As a first point of contact for prospective international graduate students, Aulenback will work with Carleton International and the International Student Services Office (ISSO). In the coming months, Aulenback will also consult numerous academic and administrative units on campus to develop and execute a university-wide international graduate student recruitment plan.

He will also work to provide these students with access to services, both on- and off-campus, that respond to their unique needs as they transition to living and studying in Canada.

“While we do not have the resources to provide students with all of the services on campus that they may need, we will be looking to make arrangements with, and provide access to, the services and organizations our students may need within the Ottawa community,” says Aulenback.

“For example, a prospective doctoral student may be moving their entire family to Ottawa while they work on their doctorate. That family’s needs will be substantially different than those of a single undergraduate student,” he says.

One such new initiative being introduced, based on feedback from academic units and international graduate students, is the ISSO’s new international graduate student orientation that will specifically address graduate student needs and issues.

“There has always been an undergraduate orientation which graduate students were able to go to as well, but this is the first year Carleton has established a specific graduate orientation session.”

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By Kristy Strauss

Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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