Dr. Dolins Recruits in India
April 8, 2014
Usually visitors to India tour the Taj Mahal and other architectural masterpieces. This was not the case on my trip to India last September. The Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Jeff Bakken, and I were on a mission to recruit the top Indian students to Bradley. This trip and the educational fairs were organized by the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF); approximately thirty universities participated including Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Colorado Boulder and West Virginia University, etc.
Dr. Bakken and I visited a number of cities in 10 days, including New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai, and we had no time for sight seeing. In each city, we attended university fairs where we talked with over 1,000 students about Bradley and CS&IS. All of the students were eager to learn about studying in the U.S. By the end of the session, Dr. Bakken and I were hoarse and barely had enough energy to eat dinner. The next day we boarded a bus and visited two or three high schools where we talked to hundreds of students.
Regardless of whether we travelled five miles or 35 miles to one of the high schools, we always had an adventure. For example, one trip required travelling on a one-lane road under construction and the road was supposed to support two-way traffic. I should add that on one side of the road was a steep drop-off and on the other side were homes with domestic oxen. At the high schools, we met a number of eager students excited to learn about studying in the U.S. In the evening, we would fly to the next city and repeat the process.
Overall, the trip was a success. Dr. Bakken and I returned safely, even after being threatened by a monkey in Hyderabad, and we met many talented and bright prospective students. Already, in spring 2014, a number of the new graduate students enrolled at Bradley are students we met in India, and we expect more new students, whom we met and recruited in fall 2014. I should add that our graduate enrollment is at an all-time high in my tenure at Bradley.