WEBSTER UNIVERSITY: In Conversation With Ratish Thakur
Webster University, founded in 1915 with its home campus based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is the only private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world including metropolitan, military, online and corporate, as well as American-style traditional campuses in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The University ensures high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. To learn more about this worldwide institution, we caught up with Ratish Thakur, the Rector of Webster University, Thailand at Radisson and here is what he had to say.
1. What are the most treasured aspects of the Webster educational experience?
I think the most treasured aspects would be our distinguished record in generational and ethnic diversity. We are a multi-campus business academy with undergraduate and graduate offerings in the areas of Business and technology. Our student enrolment is around 15000 in 22 states and 10 countries.
2. What makes Webster unique than any other Universities?
We fit a century of academic excellence and a global perspective into every classroom and every course. That’s what makes Webster so compelling. Here, students don’t learn about other cultures – they experience them every day. This rich multicultural environment is part of our mission of developing global citizens. Webster is simply one of the most diverse and global universities in the world.
3. What will Webster look for when choosing students for their program?
Enthusiasm, willingness to learn, openness to different culture and Strong academic background
4. What factors go into determining scholarship money? Has the pool of available funds increased or decreased in recent years?
We take various things into account like a student’s financial condition, their academic history, and interest in extracurricular activities. Webster provides a certain amount of financial aids to all interested Asian students. Apart from that, we also provide merit based scholarships.
5. Do you think Webster has contributed to making Thailand an educational hub in the world?
When we opened Webster in Thailand, it was not an education destination as it is now, so maybe we have played a role in making it an educational hub and I believe, many have noticed our country.
6. Are there any particular areas where Webster is looking forward to expand their curriculum?
Students from Nepal go abroad to pursue further studies. Things students need to consider while deciding on where to study, for instance between Nepal, USA or Thailand?
7. Any Possibilities of Nepal becoming an educational hub similar to Thailand?
I believe Nepal is very near to Webster in china and Thailand; it is quite easy for students of Nepal to go and pursue their studies there. Our priority is quite different we focus on how we can make it easier for Nepalese students to pursue their education at Webster.
8. What are the future plans for Webster?
Like I said earlier, we already have our university operating in 10 countries; we have another project in our pipeline, i.e. to open yet another one in Africa. This way we will also have webster in every continent.