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SU capitalizes on presence in Arab Gulf

March 08, 2012

Scott McDowell
(212) 826-1449

Syracuse University will host two events in the Arab Gulf in March as students from the region admitted to SU for the fall 2012 semester and their families will mingle with SU alumni in Dubai and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The first event is being hosted by the Al Agil family, which has referred a dozen students to SU.

“In recent years, interest among Gulf students to attend universities in the United States has grown significantly,” says Sherlyn Sychua, regional manager for advancement and external affairs/admissions. In fact, this year SU can boast that a record number of students applied to the University from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

“Many students and counselors believe it is difficult to apply to U.S. institutions,” says Sychua. “Now that I have the chance to assist them as they go through the process, I hope to build upon the early success we have already demonstrated.” 

The receptions, which are modeled after those held in the United States, offer the opportunity for incoming students to meet SU alumni who can share their academic and social experiences. “Incoming students and parents get a glimpse into the learning environment,” says Sychua. “The first-hand perspective is invaluable.” 

The Riyadh event will be held on Thursday, March 15, at 3 p.m. at Ammariya Farm. The Dubai event will be held on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Hotel. If you would like to attend one of these events, please contact the SU Dubai office at or +97144336012 in Dubai.

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