Lt. Governor, Department of Higher Education Host First-of-Its-Kind Symposium

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2016-11-18) — 

Ohio G.R.E.A.T.Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Chancellor John Carey will welcome higher education, government and business leaders from Ohio and around the globe for a first-of-its-kind symposium designed to show the economic benefits of bringing international student-talent to Ohio.

The inaugural inteG.R.E.A.T. Ohio Symposium, taking place Friday, November 18 at Ohio University’s Dublin campus, brings business, higher education and government leaders together to explore ways that Ohio is educating students from the U.S. and abroad to grow industries’ talent pipelines and stimulate innovation in an effort to enhance Ohio’s competitive global excellence. The symposium is a component of the Ohio G.R.E.A.T. initiative, which stands for Global Reach to Engage Academic Talent.

“Our objective is to attract talent to the state through postsecondary student enrollment, and generate opportunities for Ohio’s businesses to access in-demand workforce talent from Ohio and around the world,” said Lauren McGarity, globalization liaison at the Department of Higher Education.

The daylong symposium features keynote addresses from Lt. Gov. Taylor and Consul General of Canada Douglas George, as well as a presentation on attracting talent in the digital age from Siemens USA President and CEO Eric Spiegel.  Other dignitaries from Canada and India are scheduled to attend, and national pollster and strategist John Zogby will share results of an ODHE-commissioned survey of Ohio business officials designed to inform the state’s policy direction in a way that supports business growth. Breakout sessions are also part of the day’s events.

“Ohio G.R.E.A.T. has found creative ways to address the workforce needs confronting our job creators and has maximized opportunities for international and native Ohio students in a way that will make our higher education system a destination for talented students,” said Lt. Governor Mary Taylor.  “At the same time, we have addressed the communication gap that has often been a barrier to many of our businesses and allowed them greater access to the talent they need to grow and thrive.”

The Ohio G.R.E.A.T. effort grew from Governor John R. Kasich’s 2014 Mid-Biennium Budget Review, which focused on new reforms to increase recruitment and enrollment of international students and to encourage them to remain in the state, gaining experience and providing their expertise to Ohio businesses after graduation. Another goal of the G.R.E.A.T. initiative is to increase the share of international college students in Ohio from 4.1 percent to 6 percent, which would generate an estimated $1.2 billion and support 17,000 jobs.

Additional information can be found at the website devoted to the G.R.E.A.T. initiative –

About the Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.

Contact Information: 

Office of the Lt. Governor Mary Taylor Contact:
Michael Duchesne
Office: 614.644.9570


Ohio Department of Higher Education Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487