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Senem Bakar & Dr. Emilienne Baneth-Nouailetas


Perspective on Developing Strong Partnerships between Higher Education Institutions and Embassies

Presenter(s): Senem Bakar, Associate Director, Exchange Visitors & Student Services International Student and Scholar Services, American University, and Dr. Emilienne Baneth-Nouailetas, Professor, Rennes University, Attaché for University Cooperation at the Embassy of France in the United States

Description: As more U.S. institutions begin to put an increasing amount of funds into international recruitment and globalization, building effective working relationships with embassies have become a greater priority. In fact, a recent unscientific survey of select U.S. institutions suggests that 100% of survey participants desire forming partnerships with embassies. This session will present the results of the aforementioned survey and the perspectives of a higher education administrator and an embassy official on best practices for building strong relationships between embassies and higher education institutions. Attendees will engage in productive dialogue around the survey, growing trends and best practices that will help them to develop greater partnerships.

Level: Any

Delivery: Skills Workshop

Track: International Education Training & Exchange, Diplomacy

Senem Bakar


Associate Director for Exchange Visitors and Students, American University

With over 20 years of experience in International Education and Exchange, Senem is overseeing the ISSS front line, admissions and immigration services, and managing the university’s J1 Exchange Visitor Program. She is active in NAFSA leadership: Association for International Educators as the Chair of Embassy Dialogue Committee to facilitate communications between embassies and the US higher education community, and on the Trainer’s Corps for J1 regulations and Credential Analysis. She serves on the scholarship selection committees of the Boren, Fulbright, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program and the U.S. Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship Program. Senem has been interviewed by the US Department of State, various sections of the VOA, NBC, ABC, WETA, WAMU, NPR and several foreign media on international education matters. Senem managed international admissions and recruitment at AU prior to joining ISSS and actively marketed AU in the following countries for more than 8 years: Bahrain, Belgium, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE and UK.


Professor, Rennes University, Attaché for University Cooperation at the Embassy of France in the United States