My kind of university town
"Ohio University, my Alma Mater"
Athens, Ohio is a very small community mixed with the different cultures of the world what with the influx of international students coming from all over the world. There are about 191 countries represented in Athens, Ohio. If you are just walking the main street of Athens, you will different people dressed in their national costumes like those people from Sudan, Somalia, Botswana, Swaziland, Kenya, Ghana, Namibia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, India and Japan. There are more cultures here than any other parts of the world that I have experienced.
Ohio University's Center for International Studies is well-known all over the United States. They have scholarships given to international students and local students alike like the Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS). Most of those US Peace Corps Volunteers who are done with their stint abroad come to Ohio University for their graduate school.
I was here for two years and I was conferred a master's degree in International Affairs with specialty in Southeast Asian Studies. I graduated in 1994.
I love Ohio University. I honor and value the commitments of the Center for International Studies especially Dr. Drew McDaniel, the then Director for the Southeast Asian Studies for accepting me in the program and giving me a scholarship for two years. I also missed Dr. Elizabeth Collins for letting my family stay in her house when she went to Indonesia for her research. I owe these two professors big time!!!
Ohio University has many things to offer. Their Alden Library has a museum and has the most collection of Malaysian Artwork in the United States. Also, it has the most collection of Malaysian books. It is the repository of the Malaysian Government of their published books!