University of Houston-Victoria: The local university with world-class talent

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 24, 2018 at 7:57 p.m.
Updated Jan. 25, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Most people wouldn't even dream of starting college at 14, let alone doing it more than 5,000 miles from home.

This past year, Samuel Joe-Ibekewe made the journey to the University of Houston-Victoria with the ultimate goal of going into medicine. While the teen is no stranger to the academic fast track, he's now taken on the dual challenge of studying advanced material while adapting to a completely new culture.

We in Victoria feel honored that such a high-achieving student has chosen to continue his education in our city. Samuel's commitment to what he calls "the learning mentality, the mentality you should know everything" is admirable and an asset to our university and our city.

At the same time, UHV deserves to be commended for its work in recruiting top talent from abroad. Despite the benefits, higher education abroad can be a hard sell at times. Fortunately, UHV's International Programs office rises to the challenge through its recruitment efforts and its support of international students during their time at the university.

The U.S. is truly a land of opportunity, and one of our most important exports is our high-quality higher education. Recruiting students like Samuel is good for our community as well as our country. Apart from the economic boosts these students provide, offering study opportunities in the U.S. opens the possibility of students like Samuel living and working here when they complete their studies. Such talent is a true resource - one that shouldn't be taken for granted.

All of us in Victoria and the Crossroads should take pride in and support our growing university. But we should show particular support for its international programs and to the international students choosing to study here. These students are challenging themselves and achieving in ways many of us have never experienced. They should be welcomed and allowed to achieve their full potential.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.


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