Saint Martin’s University forms new division of international education

Aug. 19, 2005

Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University has been expanding opportunities for its students to study abroad and for international students on its campus for the past 22 years. Now Saint Martin’s is consolidating its cultural and international exchange programs as part of a new division of international education.

Saint Martin’s President Douglas M. Astolfi, Ph.D., said the new division will build stronger ties with foreign universities and lead to new opportunities for both Saint Martin’s students and international students wanting to study at the university.

“In the decades ahead, our graduates will compete in an international/global market place,” Astolfi said of the university’s increasing emphasis on international programs and international aspects of programs already in place. ”They will be at a disadvantage if they do not learn how to understand and appreciate other cultures.”

Josephine Yung, former director of the Office of International Programs, has been named as the division’s first dean. Yung has a master of arts from University of Washington and has been in charge of cultural and international programs at Saint Martin’s since 1983. She has served on past Washington state delegations in China and will be a member of the delegation for Governor Christine Gregoire’s International Trade Mission to Japan and China in September.

Yung said that through its programs, the division of international education offers Saint Martin’s students a broad-based international education program that combines academic skills with real life experiences.

“The new division is committed to preparing Saint Martin’s students to be global citizens, dedicated to serving others in the global community,” she said.

One of Saint Martin’s unique exchange programs is the International Business Study Tour, which gives students a chance to visit major East Asian companies and organizations such as Toyota, Makita and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Saint Martin’s students also can take courses at colleges and universities in Japan and China through the division. The division also will continue to offer a Japan cultural exchange, opportunities to teach English abroad, international study tours for all majors, overseas internships and family/international student outreach programs.

Saint Martin’s regularly hosts students from Mukogawa Women’s University, Okazaki Women’s College, Kobe International University and Reitaku University in Japan; Shanghai Maritime University’s Pudong Business Administration College and Wuhan University of Technology in China; and the Formosa Overseas Study Center in Taiwan.

“We value the presence of international students on our campus. We consider them ‘cultural ambassadors’ that enrich our community,” Yung said. “Reaching out to international students is an institutional priority.”

Astolfi praised Yung for her work in attracting international students to Saint Martin’s and said he wants more Saint Martin’s students to broaden their educational experience through international programs here and abroad.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a person like Josephine Yung in charge of the division because she has the vision, the drive and the knowledge to build programs that will have broad student appeal and high academic standards,” Astolfi said.

Saint Martin’s is an independent, Roman Catholic co-educational college founded by the Benedictine Order. About 1,100 students are enrolled on its main campus and about 600 more in programs at the university’s extension campuses at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base and Olympic College.

Josephine Yung
Dean, international education
360-438-4375; jyung@stmartin.edu

John DeWeese
Assistant media coordinator
360-486-8857; jdeweese@stmartin.edu