美国西密歇根大学成立于1903年，经过100多年的发展，它已经从美国的学院和大学中脱颖而出。在由美国新闻与世界报告主办的美国权威大学排名中，西密歇根大学连续14年上榜位列前一百；在美国中西部拥有一流设施的西密歇根大学，被美国卡内基高等教育机构列入研究型大学一类；被Princeton Review评为“全美最佳中西部大学”之一；Washington Monthly评为“最划算的46所大学”之一；The Daily Beast Kalamazoo在最适宜应届毕业生发展的城市评比中将西密西根大学所在的卡拉马祖市评为位列第24。
西密歇根大学成立于1903年，经过100多年的发展，它已经从美国的学院和大学中脱颖而出。在由美国新闻与世界报告主办的美国权威大学排名中西密歇根大学位列前一百；在美国中西部拥有一流设施的西密歇根大学，被美国卡内基高等教育机构列入研究型大学一类。此外，西密歇根大学是密歇根州各大学中最经济实惠的学校之一。国际学生将有资格获得包括政府补助金，学校奖学金，助教奖学金和助学贷款等各类经济援助。其中， Diether H. Haenicke奖学金是在择优选择的基础上，专为希望在西密歇根大学学习的国际学生提供财务援助的。
西密歇根大学提供237个学术学位，其中：140个本科学位，67个研究生学位， 29个博士学位。大多数课程由学校的855位全职教授讲授，另外一些课程由著名的学者和艺术家讲授。在这些教授和学者中，有数百名具有在美国以外国家从事学术研究的经历。与其他研究型大学的教师不同，即使是西密歇根大学最杰出的教授，也要去了解他们的学生，并给予大学生很多与他们合作研究和创新项目的机会。西密歇根大学拥有一流的设施，如现代化的基础设施，世界级的航空学院，医学预科学院及其公共服务诊所，毗邻商业技术和研究园的工程校区，著名的美术场馆，以及一个设备齐全的学生活动中心。西密歇根大学吸引了来自世界各地的学生。2009年秋季，学校招收了1200多名来自90个国家的国际学生。这些学生都得到了Haenicke全球教育学院在生活和学习上的帮助。Haenicke学院国际招生办公室的高素质工作人员提供全面的入境咨询和协助。该学院下设国际学生语言和文化中心（CELCIS），这是一个强化的专为国际学生设计的英语课程。国际学生可以通过这个课程，为在西密歇根大学的学习和生活做好准备。每学期，新的国际学生会参加一个全面介绍大学和当地社区的国际学生迎新注册活动。西密歇根大学拥有将近 20个学生自发组成的学生组织，学校鼓励来自其他国家的学生参加这些组织。这些团体包括：中国学生学者联谊会，穆斯林学生会，马来西亚学生会和国际项目委员会等。
Points of Pride
Stature and value
The Carnegie Foundation classifies WMU as one of the nation’s 147 public research universities.
U.S. News & World Report has designated WMU one of the country’s best national universities for 24 consecutive years and has placed it in the top tier of those universities annually since creating the tier five years ago.
The Princeton Review includes WMU on its annual list of Best Midwestern Colleges.
Washington Monthly categorizes WMU as both a top-100 national university and a Best Bang for the Buck school.
Within three months of graduation, 89 percent of WMU graduates are employed, engaged in military service or continuing their education.
Size and complexity
WMU is one of only 90 universities in the nation with both a medical school and a law school under its aegis.
Seven degree-granting colleges offer 251 distinct degree programs, and with 147 of them undergraduate level, WMU has the second most undergraduate programs of any public university in Michigan.
The University bolsters teaching and research by sponsoring more than 50 specialized institutes and centers as well as a variety of state, national and international journals and conferences.
WMU has a diverse campus, with minority groups making up 21 percent of the student
body and international students 8 percent.
The higher education website BestChoiceSchools.com ranked WMU No. 13 on its 2014 list of the nation’s 50 most affordable, eco-friendly colleges. WMU was the highest-placing college in Michigan.
Kalamazoo and West Michigan
Kalamazoo is one of the25 best cities in the country for young college graduates, according to a 2011 national study that looked at relative affordability, housing and employment opportunities, and size of the age 22-24 population. That was one more acknowledgement of one of WMU's greatest assets—Kalamazoo and West Michigan.
Even if you haven't been to Kalamazoo,you've probably heard a lot about it.
It's the home of theKalamazoo Promise that guarantees college tuition to graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools—the largest program of its kind anywhere.
In 2010,President Obama spoke in WMU's University Arena at the commencement ceremony for Kalamazoo Central after he selected the school from more than 1,000 entries as the winner in the first Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.
Kalamazoo is famous for a lot of things. It's a major international pharmaceutical and life sciences center; it's the original home of the Upjohn Co., Stryker Corp, Gibson Guitars, Checker Motors and Bell's Brewery, among many others; the Kalamazoo Gazette is the second oldest newspaper in Michigan; and a century ago, Kalamazoo was so famous for one crop, it was known throughout the country as the Celery City.
Abraham Lincoln spoke in the village of Kalamazoo in 1856, four years before he was elected president, his only public address in Michigan.
Kalamazoo is a center of higher education. In addition to WMU, it is home toKalamazoo College andKalamazoo Valley Community College. The three institutions collaborate on a variety of fronts and add significantly to the cultural and educational opportunities and economic development of the region.
With a population of more than 325,000, Kalamazoo is thesixth largest metropolitan area in Michigan and among the 150 largest in the country. It's large enough to support all the amenities and entertainment found in larger cities; and yet, you can be in the heart of farm country in 20 minutes, and Kalamazoo supports a thrivingFarmers Market downtown May through November.
Kalamazoo ismidway between Chicago and Detroit on I-94 and offers commercial transportation by train, bus and major airline at theKalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport.
Day or weekend trips by train to Chicago, the nation's third largest city, are popular and even more convenient with the continuing development of high-speed rail connecting the two cities.
Kalamazoo is a 40-minute drive from Lake Michigan beaches atSouth Haven and slightly farther from beaches at St. Joseph and Saugatuck.
Michigan’s ski country, considered the best skiing in the Midwest is three to four hours north, andexcellent local skiing is only 30 minutes away.
Kalamazoo arts and entertainment
Local festivals—featuring live music, arts and crafts, food and drinks—many of which are held atArcadia Creek Festival Place downtown—attract crowds in the tens of thousands. TheKalamazoo Art Fair, held annually on the first weekend in June, is thesecond oldest community art fair in America and attracts 60,000 visitors over two days.
WMU’s Miller Auditorium, the historic State Theater and a variety of local clubs offer a complete array of concerts featuring every kind of music and popular entertainment. Kalamazoo is a frequent stop for many of today's top comedians, musicians and other entertainers.
About Haenicke Institute for Global Education
The Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education, established by the Board of Trustees in 1998, promotes and supports efforts towards globalization and internationalization of the academic environment of Western Michigan University.
WMU has a long history of international involvement, dating back to 1911, when the University granted its first degree to an international student. WMU opened its first transnational education—or twinning—program in 1987.
All University degree programs include an international general education requirement. WMU was the first American university to require all students to include study of the non-Western world.
The institute administers more than 100 official partnerships between WMU and educational institutions around the world, and assists University faculty and staff in maintaining and developing partnerships for research, faculty and student exchange, and other types of collaboration.
Nearly 11,000 international students (as of fall 2013) representing 110 countries have studied at WMU since 1911. The Institute hosted recent alumni events in Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
WMU currently enrolls more than 1,700 international students (spring 2014) representing about 104 countries. The top-five countries (alpha order) typically sending international students to WMU are: Brazil, Dominican Republic, India, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the People’s Republic of China.
The institute is responsible for international student recruitment and retention, marketing, and international student admissions for all undergraduate and graduate programs in collaboration with academic departments. The institute provides support services for international students, including counseling and orientation programs.
WMU runs one of the largest and oldest transnational education programs (formerly called ‘twinning’) in the U.S. From WMU’s collaboration with Sunway University College, which began in 1987 to develop their educational programs in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, transnational education at the University has grown to include not only twinning programs, but international articulation programs and dual degrees.
The Center for English Language and Culture for International Students prepares international students in intensive English as a Second Language instruction for admission to undergraduate and graduate programs. CELCIS is one of two Michigan-based ESL programs accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation and is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs and University and College Intensive English Programs. CELCIS enrolls more than 300 students per term.
The WMU faculty includes more than 200 scholars with academic or research experience outside the United States, who engage actively in collaborative inquiry with scholars, professionals and specialists spanning the globe.
Research centers and institutes within the Haenicke Institute
Established July 7, 2009, theConfucius Institute at Western Michigan University was created through a partnership between WMU and Beijing Language and Culture University. It is created to provide Chinese language and culture studies options for WMU students and faculty and to dramatically expand international opportunities for regional K-12 schools and local businesses.
Established in fall 2010, theTimothy Light Center for Chinese Studies was created to enhance the work of faculty and graduate researchers at Western Michigan University who have expertise in some field of Sinology and their continuing pedagogical and research interests in China.
TheMichitoshi Soga Japan Center was founded in 2006 and is dedicated to promoting research to advance knowledge about Japan for students, scholars, government and community and corporate leaders, and the general public.
TheCenter for African Development Policy Research is an interdisciplinary academic program established at WMU in October 2000 intended to foster collaborative research activities with relevant WMU academic departments and units. CADPR has organized a series of conferences on Ethiopian studies in Kalamazoo and Addis Ababa.
The Economics Department
1.The Econ Department offers a comprehensive undergraduate program in Economics. Beyond principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, we offer courses in intermediate theory and a large array of elective field courses such as Economics of the Environment and Sustainability, International Economics, Sports Economics, and the Economics of Medical Care.
2.We have about 100 majors and 250 or more minors in Economics.
3.We offer two programs at the graduate level: Master degree and Ph.D. degree in applied economics.
Our 16 full-time faculty members pride themselves in their teaching and service work together with a particular emphasis on research.
5.We are recognized as the third most prestigious and productive economics department in the state of Michigan.
Doctor of Philosophy in applied economics, May 2015