Francis Marion University will participate in the 36th Annual Consumer Trade Show from March 17-25 in Rheinland-Pfalz, South Carolina’s German sister state. The show will be held in Mainz, the capital city of Rheinland-Pfalz, and will be open to the German public.
This will be South Carolina’s second appearance at the trade show, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Rheinland-Pfalz. Approximately 100,000 visitors are expected to attend the show.
FMU’s appearance at the trade show was made possible by the North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA), an economic development organization that serves a nine-county region and fosters tourism and economic and educational development. Representatives from the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and NESA will attend the trade show as well.
At the trade show, FMU representatives will showcase photos and information about the university to attract potential exchange students. Students from Rheinland-Pfalz universities qualify for in-state tuition under the South Carolina sister state initiative.
“The goal of attending the consumer trade show is to develop stronger economic ties, exchange ideas, and open up opportunities between Rheinland-Pfalz and FMU for exchange students,” said Julian Young, assistant director of admissions.
Those attending the trade show with Young include Allyson Bigby, student services counselor for admissions; Jeff McKay, executive director of NESA; Beth McLean, FMU registrar; and Shara Moore, director of financial planning.
In 1997, David Beasley and Kurt Beck, Prime Minister of Rheinland-Pfalz, signed an official contract between the state of South Carolina and Rheinland-Pfalz. This partnership allows the two states to have trade and tourism relationships, school and university partnerships and exchange in research and development issues.
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