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Feb. 25, 2010
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - On behalf of the Study Missouri Consortium, international and study abroad students attending Northwest were on Capitol Hill Wednesday to speak with legislators and learn about the Missouri system of government.
Led by Kathleen Baudino, international data and information specialist at Northwest, the students met with Rep. Mike Thomson to gain a deeper understanding of a democratic form of government, ask questions and share information regarding their home countries, or countries visited.
They observed legislative sessions, visited with lawmakers representing the districts where they study and heard speakers from the departments of higher education and economic development.
Along with Baudino, the group consisted of two students from China, one from Japan, one from Belgium, one from South Korea, and one from Nepal, as well as two domestic students who have studied abroad.
The group was part of more than 200 college students from 54 countries visiting the capitol Wednesday.
Study Missouri Consortium is a group of 25 Missouri colleges and universities organized to showcase and encourage cultural exchange and study abroad opportunities. The students who visited the capitol were among 11,285 international students attending college in Missouri. According to a survey conducted by Study Missouri, students from other countries are attracted to Missouri by the state's friendly atmosphere, safe environment and low cost of living.
According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education, Missouri ranks 17th in the nation in the number of international students studying here, and they contribute an estimated $270.9 million to the state economy each year.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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