Thy Yang has been named assistant vice president for international education at Norwich University beginning July 11, 2016.
As the Assistant Vice President for International Education, Yang will lead Norwich’s efforts at internationalizing the community with oversight of the International Center. The International Center acts as the clearinghouse and enabler for faculty and staff to create programs and relationships that increase the affordability and applicability for both incoming and outgoing study abroad and exchange students. One example of their work is CityLAB:Berlin, Norwich’s micro-campus in the German capital, offering academics in architecture, visual and liberal arts.
Yang is an experienced international educator with more than 15 years of serving students and scholars at various universities in the Midwest. Most recently, Yang served as the associate vice president for international studies at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. Prior to that, Yang directed international and multicultural programs in Michigan, North Dakota and Kansas.
“I look forward to meeting and getting to know our students and the many stakeholders at Norwich to create a comprehensive internationalization plan,” Yang said. “I intend to focus my work to support and retain our increasing number of international students and scholars, doubling the number students going abroad, and making valuable contributions to a campus climate which welcomes and encourages global voices and perspectives.”
Yang is most noted for her work establishing 2+2 dual degree programs, joint partnerships, and articulation agreements. Through this work, incoming and outgoing students are able to enroll in programs with every confidence that their academic credits will be recognized when they return to their home university, greatly increasing the number of participants in international programs. Yang is active in NAFSA: The National Association of International Student Advisors. She has presented at conferences regionally, nationally, and internationally, and has contributed to publications on dual degrees and strategic partnerships. Yang is an expert in SEVIS and F-1/J-1 visa compliance and international health, safety, and risk-management issues.
Yang earned an EMBA from Benedictine College and a BA in English from Ottawa University. She studied abroad at Nottingham Trent University in England where she found her passion for international travel. She also speaks Hmong.
Norwich University’s tradition of welcoming international students is nearly as old as the institution. Norwich’s first international students began attending classes in 1827 and came from Greece, the United Kingdom, Cuba and the Bahamas, making Norwich the second school in the country to offer an international program.
Over the past academic year, 69 Norwich students studied abroad and Norwich welcomed 69 students from 23 different countries.