Suffolk Receives U.S. Commercial Service Award

Israel Hernandez and Marguerite Dennis

2/7/2007

Suffolk University has received an Export Achievement Certificate for its recent accomplishments in the global marketplace from the U.S. Commercial Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

This award recognizes Suffolk's  success in working with U.S. Commercial Service offices around the world to recruit international students.

Suffolk University is the first educational institution in Massachusetts to receive the Export Achievement Certificate in recognition of accomplishments in international student recruitment and the first recipient from the Greater Boston area since Sasaki Associates of Watertown was recognized in 2004.  Sasaki Associates was awarded first prize in the international design competition for Olympic Green – the primary site of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Partnership began in 2005

“We are excited and honored to receive this award from the U.S. Commercial Service,” said Marguerite Dennis, Suffolk’s vice president of Enrollment and International Programs .  “Suffolk is proud to partner with U.S. Commercial Service offices around the world to recruit international students to our University.

“We began this partnership in the fall of 2005 in Seoul, where Suffolk alumnus Carmine D’Aloisio was minister-counselor for Commercial Affairs.  Since that time, we have worked with the Commercial Service offices in many cities around the world and have seen our international enrollment numbers increase as a result.  For example, student enrollment from China has grown 70 percent over the last two years, and enrollment from Japan has grown 40 percent.”

Suffolk has used U.S. Commercial Service programs in several countries including Argentina, China, Colombia, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. 

"I am honored to present Suffolk University with an Export Achievement Certificate in recognition of its contribution to educating young adults not only from the U.S., but also from around the world,” said U.S. Commercial Service Director General Israel Hernandez.  “Celebrating its Centennial Anniversary, Suffolk University is helping build the next generation of global leaders, and the U.S. Commercial Service is pleased to assist with those efforts."

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