Let me first tell you about how I came up with the idea of building an organization like i-Twenty dedicated to the advancement of international education.
The last few decades have seen some pretty dramatic changes in our world. I remember a conversation I had many years ago with a student colleague of mine—a Kuwaiti-born who, like me, was studying in the United States. I recall those days with fondness. I had the privilege of working as a volunteer to assist Saudi and other Arabic-speaking students, mostly freshmen, whose English communication skills were inadequate.
We wondered about where we stood in the global environment. Back then, you have to remember, concepts like the “Internet” and “e-mail” still had the fresh scent of novelty.
Technology, I realized, was the prime motor of the transformations we were witnessing. But have you ever stopped to wonder what was driving today’s wave of technological innovation?
The answer is simple—people. Without people there is no knowledge. And without knowledge, what’s left to build on, much less bequeath to the next generation?
At i-Twenty, we put education on a pedestal, because we believe it is absolutely central to personal as well as national development in the world we live in. If your goal is to learn, then I have no doubt that someday you will be able to mark your unique contribution to society.
The surprise is that it doesn’t really matter which specialized field or training strikes your fancy. Each has its place—local variations aside, of course. Our job is to provide you with the necessary support, whichever decision you take. This includes taking care of any cultural or religious concern surrounding your temporary life abroad.
Not many of our competitors are in a position to deliver such a complete gamut of services as this.
i-Twenty is very optimistic about the future of international education. We fully understand both the need and the benefits of pursuing education outside national boundaries. I went through the same experience myself.
Whatever you choose for your field of study, please make the best of it. You have a God-given chance to improve your life and that of your community. I hope to be there when you graduate, in the not-too-distant future.