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  • Midway University’s Executive Director for International Affairs Receives U.S. Department of Commerce Recognition

January 18, 2024

Louisville, Ky. – Last week, Midway University’s Executive Director of International Affairs, Mona Chorera, received a special Commerce Export Achievement Certificate from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The presentation was part of the official grand opening ceremony of the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) U.S. Commercial Services Ohio Valley Rural Export Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ms. Chorera was recognized for her work at Midway University for international student recruitment over the last 5 years. “Mona has led our efforts to significantly transform our international recruitment and presence on campus in a short period of time,” said Dr. John P. Marsden, President, Midway University. “Her dedication and commitment are unmatched. She not only works with the students during the admissions process, but she also facilitates international student support services at Midway.”

Midway University made international student recruitment one of its priorities in its strategic plan that began in 2019. Despite the impact of COVID during a time when visas were limited and international travel was complicated, Midway’s numbers grew. In the University’s new strategic plan (2024-2027), the emphasis is on recruitment of both undergraduate and graduate international students. At Fall 2023 census, Midway University reported 99 international students from 22 countries, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. When Chorera joined Midway University, there were 15 international undergraduate students.

In her role, Chorera coordinates all aspects of international student recruitment, from inquiry to enrollment. She develops and maintains relations with US Commercial Services and Education USA offices in various countries. She also oversees and manages international student support services, including cultural, immigration, academic, and student affairs services for enrolled students. Upon arrival, she supports students in adapting to Kentucky and the USA's norms, rules, and culture.