International Cooperation

22 May 2019
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Last week, representatives of admissions committees from famous American universities visited the school.
These representatives were made up of professionals who knew the mechanics and intricacies of admissions to higher educational institutions in the US and were ready to share their experiences and knowledge with our students and teachers: Keigh Lite (Yale University), Karen Kristoff (Smith College), Anne Sjostrom (Duke University), Panetha Ott (Brown College), Senem Kudat Ward (University of Virginia). Lai Cheng Lim and Kevin Sim, old partners and advisors of Letovo School from Raffles Institution, also rendered invaluable help during the visit.

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On May 16 our guests spent the whole day at the school, communicating both with students and teachers. The main topic of their meeting was letters of recommendation which applicants need to submit in order to be considered for admission by a university; experiences and approaches of admissions committees were discussed as well.
In the evening, the guests attended a meeting of Letovo School patrons. Several issues were discussed at the meeting, including the admission process and distinctive features of ‘non-linear’ educational subjects such as Liberal Arts. An attempt was made to find a successful recipe for an admissions candidate. The discussion was packed with useful insights and information. Below are some major points from this meeting.

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- Why do such universities as Oxford, Salamanca, Bologna still remain centers of the world’s education? The reason for that is their readiness to open doors to ideas and voices of people from around the world.
- For everybody who works in education, the main goal is the pursuit of global peace and mutual understanding. The recipe to achieve global peace is people studying, working together and helping each other.
- No country has a monopoly on smart people; they are scattered around the world and this is the way it should be.
- It’s been a long time since international education stopped being limited only to academics. First and foremost, it’s an opportunity to learn about cultures, values and history of many countries, it’s an opportunity to build relationships both inside and outside the classroom.
- What does it take to be admitted to the best universities of the world? There is no way to measure a child’s potential, therefore it’s impossible to narrow the selection process down to numbers. In order to understand which candidate deserves a place in a university we should not only look at test results but at the accumulation of past experiences as well.
- The success formula for students is in the students themselves. One of the tasks of the university is to delve into this formula and to develop each student’s potential.
- In interactions between university and students, it is important to have a rapport between both parties – for the student to fit in the university is just as important as for the university to fit the student.
- University should not be regarded as an end in itself but rather as a step on the way to formation of a personality, on the way to realization of designs and fulfilling your dream.

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