Mercer, Shorelight Education Announce New Partnership for International Students

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Mercer-Shorelight signing ceremony

MACON – Mercer University and Shorelight Education today held a formal signing ceremony to announce a new partnership that will expand the number of students from abroad pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees on the University’s Macon and Atlanta campuses.

Mercer Global, a groundbreaking new partnership, will provide international students the opportunity to receive a world-class education at Mercer’s two major campuses and will offer the technology-enabled support services and resources they need to thrive.

The undergraduate accelerator program and postgraduate programs will expand the University’s global footprint and its efforts to educate top students from around the world in a wide range of fields including science, technology, engineering, math and business.

“We are pleased to join with Shorelight to share our commitment to liberal learning, professional knowledge and discovery with top international students from across the world,” said Mercer President William D. Underwood. “We welcome this opportunity to bring even more diverse and global perspectives into our classrooms and laboratories and on our vibrant campuses in Macon and Atlanta.”

“Mercer University is an exemplary partner for Shorelight. Its world-class academic offerings are in high demand globally, and its university culture welcomes international students with open arms,” said Shorelight Co-Founder and CEO Tom Dretler. “Our team is excited to use our global reach to further introduce Mercer to the world and ensure that international students choosing Mercer for their studies are supported and successful throughout their academic journey.”

Mercer Global will combine intensive English language instruction with coursework and additional support to help international students adjust academically and socially to the University and the broader communities of Macon and Atlanta.

In addition to extensive undergraduate offerings, the graduate programs will include the M.S. in Business Analytics, M.S.E. in Computer Engineering, M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, and MBA degree programs. It is anticipated that the first students will enroll in fall 2019.

About Shorelight Education

Shorelight Education is reinventing the international education experience for students worldwide. Based in Boston, the company partners with top-ranked, nonprofit American universities to build innovative programs and high-touch, technology-driven services that help talented students thrive and become global citizens.

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Kyle Sears