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xxxINTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP

Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Haryana State Branch organized an International Workshop on ‘Controlled Drug Delivery System: Recent Challenges and Opportunities Ahead’ in collaboration with OMICS Group Incorporation, United States, as a scientific subevent of 5th International Conference on ‘Pharmaceutics & Novel Drug Delivery Systems’ on 16th March, 2015 at Hotel Crowne Plaza, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Event was witnessed by Prof. Bhakti Bhusan Barik, College of Pharmacy, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Dr. Tsann-Long Su, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan; Dr. Khaled Mohamed Hosny, Department of Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy, King Abdulaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Dr. Han-Chung Wu, Professor and Vice Director, Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan; Dr. Ranendra N. Saha, Director and Senior Professor (Pharmacy), BITS Pilani – Dubai Campus, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Dr. Ramesh S. Kashi, Senior Principal Scientist, Merck and Co. Inc., New Jersey, United States; Dr. Sunita Dahiya, Secretary, Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP), India; Dr. Rita Mourya, Treasurer, APP and Faculty at VNS Institute of Pharmacy, Bhopal; Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President, APP and Principal, Globus College of Pharmacy, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh as ‘Convener’.
Scientific session of workshop was initiated with the inaugural lecture of Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, who addressed the gathering on ‘Bioactive Peptides: Complex Structures, Synthesis and Their Controlled Drug Delivery’. Dr. Rajiv Dahiya was conferred with ‘Young Investigator Award’ by Society of Researchers and Health Care Professionals (SRHCP) during International Workshop/Conference at Dubai. Award was provided by Dr. Ramesh S. Kashi, Senior Principal Scientist, Merck and Co. Inc., New Jersey, USA and Dr. Bhakti Bhusan Barik, Professor, College of Pharmacy, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Scientific session was continued with invited talk by Dr. Saurabh Dahiya, Vice President, APP Haryana State Branch, India and Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Apeejay Stya University, Gurgaon, Haryana on the topic ‘Guar Gum Revisited: Potential Carrier for Targeted Drug Delivery Systems’. Dr. Saurabh Dahiya was conferrred with ‘APP Young Talent Award 2015’ by President APP for his overall dynamic performance in pharmaceutical field.
Lecture of Dr. Saurabh Dahiya was followed by talk of Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP, who addressed the gathering on ‘Exploration of Solid Dispersion Technology for Controlled Drug Release: Capabilities and Challenges’. Dr. Sunita Dahiya was honored with SRHCP ‘Innovative Researcher Award’ at Dubai by Dr. Ramesh S. Kashi (USA). It was followed by oration of Dr. Rita Mourya, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, VNS Faculty of Pharmacy, Bhopal (MP), India. Dr. Mourya was conferred with ‘APP Young Performer Award 2015’ by President APP during the event.
During workshop, pharmacy professionals from different International Universities all over the world vizDr. Luisa Fiandra (University of Milano, Italy); Dr. Hassane Sadou Yaye (University of Paris-Sud, France); Dr. Dorota Watrobska-Swietlikowska (Medical University of Gdansk, Poland); Dr. Julia Rohrer (University of Innsbruck, Austria); Dr. Alexendra Partenhauser (Leopold-Franzens University, Austria); Dr. Khaled Mohamed Hosny (King Abdulaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia); Dr. Boblarka Balazs, Dr. Suto Blanka (University of Szeged, Hungary); Dr. Maha Aboul-Ela (Beirut Arab University, Lebanon) and Mr. Sergio Mauri, (Fedegari Group, Italy) were honored with APP Life membership by President APP.
During the valedictory function of APP 2nd International Workshop, Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Dr. Sunita Dahiya, Secretary APP, honored Dr. Alex Nivorozhkin, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Neo-Advent Technologies LLC, Massachusetts, United States of America, with ‘APP Distinguished Scientist Award 2015’ and Dr. Tsann-Long Su, Research Fellow, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan was conferred with ‘APP Innovative Researcher Award 2015’. In addition, Dr. Horvat Gabriella and Dr. Csilla Bartos from Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Szeged, Hungary were conferred with ‘Best Oration Award’ and ‘Best Poster Presentation Award’ for their presentations on the topics ‘Thiolated Poly(aspartic acid) Polymers in Ophthalmic Therapy’ and ‘Formulation and Characterization of Nanonized Meloxicam containing Nasal Gels’.
At the end, President APP, Dr. Rajiv Dahiya addressed the professional gathering in Dubai and discussed about aims and objectives of Association of Pharmacy Professionals, India and its working in major areas of pharmaceutical field. Programme was concluded with vote of thanks to chairpersons, Dr. R. N. Saha (BITS Pilani, Dubai, UAE) and Dr. Luisa Fiandra (University of Milano, Italy).

    
          

123INDO-AFRICAN SYMPOSIUM

Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Haryana State Branch and APP Ethiopian International Branch jointly organized Indo-African Symposium on ‘Biotechnological Production of Phytopharmaceticals’ on 7th September, 2016 at Department of Pharmacy, Lingaya’s University, Faridabad, Haryana, India.
Symposium was organized under the able guidance of Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies as ‘Organizing Chairman’ in absentia; patrons Prof. J. P. Gupta, Chancellor, Lingaya’s University, Faridabad, Haryana; Prof. R.K. Chauhan, Vice Chancellor, Lingaya’s University and Prof. G. V. Ramaraju Pro Vice Chancellor, Lingaya’s University. Further, Prof. Saurabh Dahiya, Head, Department of Pharmacy, Lingaya’s University, Faridabad served as ‘Convener’; Prof. Ashutoshkar, Professor Emeritus, Lingaya’s University served as ‘Organizing Secretary’ and Dr. Sachin Dubey, Head, Formulation Development (Biologics), Glenmark Pharmaceuticals SA, Switzerland as ‘Scientific Committee Chairman’ in absentia.
Two different scientific sessions were addressed by Dr. Ajay Sharma, Vice President, APP Ethiopian International Branch and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences, Mizan-Tepi University, Mizan Teferi, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on “Biotechnological Production of Phytopharmaceuticals” and “Standardization of Herbal Drugs and Biotechnological Approaches”respectively. Dr. Ajay Sharma was conferred with “APP Young Achiever’s Award 2016 for his vital academic and scientific contribution in the pharmacy profession, by Prof. Saurabh Dahiya, Vice President APP Haryana State Branch and Prof. Ashutoshkar, Professor Emeritus at Lingaya’s University, Faridabad, Haryana. Programme ended with attracting attention of young pharmacy graduants by Prof. Saurabh Dahiya on ‘Careers in Pharmacy’.

    
          

CINDO-AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE

Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Haryana State Branch organized 4th Indo-Australian Conference on “Recent Trends and Breakthroughs in Pharmaceutical Sector” on 30th December 2017 at Malla Reddy Pharmacy College, Maisammaguda, Dhulapally, Secunderabad, Telangana in collaboration with APP Australian International Branch.
During this international-level conference, Sri Ch. Malla Reddy Garu, Founder Chairman, Malla Reddy Group of Institutions and Member of Parliament, Malkajgiri, Medchal district, Telangana acted as ‘Chief Guest’; Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, Founder President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago acted as ‘Organizing Chairman’ in absentia; Dr. G. Tulja Rani, Principal, Malla Reddy Pharmacy College, Secunderabad acted as ‘Convener’ along with Dr. M. Sudhakar, Principal, Malla Reddy College of Pharmacy, Secunderabad and Dr. N. Srinivas, Principal, Malla Reddy Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences​, Secunderabad; Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP from School of Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA acted as ‘Co-convener‘; Dr. A. Muralidhar Rao, President, APP Telangana State Branch and Principal, St. Mary’s College of Pharmacy, Secunderabad acted as ‘Scientific Committee Chairman’; Dr. Syed Mujtaba Ahmed, Vice President, APP Telangana State Branch and Principal, Maheshwara Institute College of Pharmacy, Patancheru, Hyderabad, Telanagana acted as ‘Scientific Committee Co-chairman’.
The scientific session of the conference was enriched with keynote lectures of Dr. Kamal Dua, President, APP Australian International Branch from Discipline of Pharmacy, Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Prof. Saurabh Dahiya, President, APP Haryana State Branch and Head, Department of Pharmacy, Lingaya’s University, Faridabad, Haryana and Mr. V. Shiva Shankar, Senior Executive Pharmacovigilance, iMEDGlobal Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad, Telangana on diverse topics of pharmaceutical interest like ‘Recent Advances in Topical and Transdermal Drug Delivery Systems’, ‘IPR Breakthrough in Pharmaceutical Sector: Paving the Way towards Affordable Healthcare for All’ and ‘Importance of Pharmacovigilance: Drug Safety Monitoring’. Dr. Kamal Dua told that topical and transdermal drug delivery systems tend to continuously interest and engage formulation scientists because of their associated merits especially drug administration mode, patient compliance and localized drug delivery thereby incurring fewer associated side effects.
During conference, various posters were presented in various sections. Scientific poster session was chaired/evaluated by Dr. Hema Latha from Chilkur Balaji College of Pharmacy, Hyderabad and Dr. Riapal from Malla Reddy Pharmacy College, Dhulapally, Hyderabad in pharmaceutical chemistry section; Dr. Rajarajeshwari from Pullareddy Institute of Pharmacy, Annaram, Jinnaram, Hyderabad in pharmaceutics section; Dr. J. Sangeetha and Dr. Parameshwar from Malla Reddy Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dhulapally, Hyderabad in pharmacognosy and pharmacology section; Dr. Asha Ranjani and Dr. G. Aninditha from Malla Reddy Pharmacy College, Maisammaguda, Dhulapally, Hyderabad, Telangana in pharmacy practice section.
During the valedictory function, ‘APP Best Faculty Award’ was provided to Mr. Balaraju Pagilla, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacognosy, Malla Reddy Pharmacy College, Dhulapally, Hyderabad; ‘APP Best Researcher Award’ to Mr. K. Vasu, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Malla Reddy Pharmacy College, Dhulapally, Hyderabad; ‘APP Best Student Awards’ to Ms. Sadhu Vinitha, Pharm.D Student and Ms. Gudepu Manisha, B.Pharm Student, Malla Reddy Pharmacy College, Dhulapally, Hyderabad; ‘APP Appreciation Awards’ to Sri Ch. Malla Reddy, Founder Chairman, Malla Reddy Pharmacy College and Dr. G. Tulja Rani, Principal, Malla Reddy Pharmacy College, Dhulapally, Hyderabad, Telangana. Programme ended with vote of thanks to all the speakers, guests and delegates of the conference.

            
          

AINDO-AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE

Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Haryana State Branch organized 5th Indo-Australian Conference on “Modern Aspects of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences” on 8th January 2018 at MM College of Pharmacy, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, in collaboration with APP Australian International Branch.
During this international-level conference, Shri Tarsem Kumar Garg, Honorable Chancellor, MM University Trust, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana acted as ‘Chief Patron’ together with Prof. Victor Gambhir, Vice Chancellor, MM University, Mullana and Prof. Vipin Saini, Vice Chancellor, MM University, Solan as ‘Patrons’; Dr. Parminder Nain from MM College of Pharmacy, MM University, Mullana as ‘Organizing Secretary’; Prof. Randhir Singh Dahiya from MM College of Pharmacy, MM University, Mullana as ‘Co-ordinator’; Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP from School of Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA acted as ‘Convener‘; Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, Founder President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago acted as ‘Scientific Committee Chairman’ in absentia and Prof. Saurabh Dahiya, President, APP Haryana State Branch and Head, Department of Pharmacy, Lingaya’s University, Faridabad, Haryana as ‘Co-convener’.
The scientific session of the conference was enriched with keynote lectures of Dr. Kamal Dua, President, APP Australian International Branch from Discipline of Pharmacy, Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and Dr. Kavita Pabreja, Joint Secretary, APP Australian International Branch from The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia on topic “IL-27 and Asthma Endotypes – Is There a Connection“. Dr. Dua was conferred with ‘APP Excellence Award in Pharmacy‘ for his vital achievements in pharmaceutical technology area by Prof. Vipin Saini, Vice Chancellor, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh and Vice President, Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Haryana State Branch. Programme ended with distribution of awards and certificates to the faculty and students of MM College of Pharmacy, MMU, Mullana by guest speakers.

              
          

DNATIONAL SEMINAR CUM WORKSHOP

School of Pharmacy, Lingaya’s University, Faridabad, Haryana organized National Seminar cum Workshop on “Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Awareness” on 16th February, 2018 in collaboration with Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Haryana State Branch. The event was sponsored by Haryana State Council for Science & Technology, DST, Govt. of Haryana and organized under the able guidance of Patrons Dr. Picheswar Gadde, Chancellor, Lingaya’s University and Prof. R. K. Chauhan, Vice Chancellor, Lingaya’s University, Faridabad, Haryana. Prof. Saurabh Dahiya, President, APP Haryana State Branch and Head, School of Pharmacy, Lingaya’s University was the ‘Organizing Chairman’ of the program and Prof. Ashutosh Kar served as the ‘Scientific Advisor’ for the program. Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, Founder President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago acted as ‘International Advisor’ for the event.
The programme began with ribbon-cutting and Saraswati Puja ceremony by the esteemed resource persons. Prof. Saurabh Dahiya welcomed all the guests, delegates and gave brief yet worthy introduction of the resource persons and the program to the participants. Dr. Picheswar Gadde (Chancellor, LU) and Prof. R. K. Chauhan (Vice Chancellor, LU) welcomed and felicitated the resource persons with floral bouquets and token of Honor.
Scientific sessions of the event were enriched with lectures of Dr. Rahul Taneja, Ms. Avipsha Thakur and Dr. Yashawant Dev who also served as ‘Guests of Honor‘. Dr. Taneja, Scientist, DST, Panchkula, Govt. of Haryana spoke on ‘Patents, Trademarks, Designs and Copyrights’. Ms. Avipsha Thakur, Asst. Vice President, CIPAM, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India engaged the audience on the ‘Implementation of the National IPR Policy’. Dr. Yashwant Dev, Head, Patent Facilitating Centre at TIFAC, DST, Govt. of India discussed with the participants about ‘Filing and Prosecuting Patents in India and Other Countries’. At last, Sh. Tarsem Jain, Editor, Pharma Pramarsh spoke on the ‘Importance of Utilizing Traditional Knowledge for Better Health Effects’. After thoughtful technical sessions, vote of thanks was extended to all guest speakers, delegates and the almighty for the successful completion of the program.

            
          

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At private schools, a surge of Chinese students EVERETT — Pope John XXIII High School once epitomized the parochial school experience, a concrete building where hundreds of poor Catholic children from Irish and Italian immigrant families sought a new future. For decades, a student from farther away than Malden or Chelsea stood out. ​ Walk through the same doors now, and the tones of Mandarin Chinese bounce off the lockers. International flags fly between stained glass windows in a chapel-turned-dining hall. In one classroom, a crucifix hangs over a bookshelf with a Chinese dictionary — a reminder that almost half the school’s population hails from abroad. Three-quarters of those students come from China. Advertisement Chinese students have flocked to US universities for nearly 40 years. But as that country’s middle class balloons and competition for college acceptance rises, some families aim to jump-start the process by sending children abroad as early as junior high. This influx has spurred a side industry ripe for exploitation and shifted the makeup of secondary schools nationwide, particularly in private-school hubs like New England. cosplay wigsElite boarding schools have found the surge so great that many are attempting to maintain a balance by accepting fewer Chinese. But many day schools, faced with financial pressures, have seized on the opportunity to enroll full-tuition students through partnerships with recruitment agencies, new dorms, and rejiggered curriculums. “This school is not the school that was here in the 1980s,” said Tom Ryan, head of school at Pope John XXIII. Chinese made up 35 percent of the 92,000 foreign secondary school students in the United States in 2015, according to the US Department of Homeland Security, by far the largest group studying here. The number of international students in New England alone rose from more than 9,000 in 2010 to nearly 14,000 last year. International enrollment at the Newman School in the Back Bay shot up from 29 percent to 36 percent in the past five years, with 70 percent of those Chinese. The MacDuffie School in Granby has more than doubled its international population in the past four years, to 160 out of 297 students total.

Advertisement Lexington Christian Academy recently acquired a dormitory, largely for international students who pay $61,860 a year for tuition and housing. In 2011, Pope John XXIII officials converted the school’s fifth-floor convent into a dormitory for foreign students. Tuition there is $9,500 annually, plus about $30,000 for room and board. This new wave of Chinese students, even as they seek educational opportunity, is also more vulnerable because they leave their families at a young age, travel halfway across the world, and juggle the insecurities of teenage years in a country they don’t understand. Some of these so-called parachute kids sink, but many do master a system of teaching much different than they knew, improve their English, diversify traditionally monochrome campuses, and better situate themselves to attend a US university. And yet the transition can feel jarring. “The first day I arrived at my host family’s, I shut the door all day and stayed in my room,” said Ran Yixin, who entered George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Maine, as a hesitant 17-year-old sophomore. Then the south China native started watching football games with her host father, joined the cheerleading squad, volunteered at a local church, and became a discerning lobster eater. She graduated last year and now attends Bunker Hill Community College. lace front wigs“You need to be versatile; you can’t be only good at studying,” said Ran, who like many international students, bounced between host families. The desire to attend a US college often drives families, but, like Ran, many also seek to avoid the rigidity of the Chinese education system. Most public school students in China focus their academic career on passing a single test, the national college entrance exam, which is taken in their senior year. Students study long hours, and their score on this test, called the gaokao, determines where they go to college and what majors they pursue. This method, while prized for its rigor, leaves little time for hobbies or self-examination. “The education system in China is quite harmful for personal interest,” said Ran’s father, Ran Qihui, who paid about $46,000 a year for the US private high school. Some Chinese parents worry the American approach, which emphasizes extracurriculars and encourages students to follow their passions, fails to instill the same level of academic skills as the Chinese model. Unless parents can afford to accompany their children, it also tears families apart at the child’s most formative age. “It’s like they start college four years earlier,” said Tracy Ren, a Beijing mother whose son went to Choate Rosemary Hall, the same Connecticut boarding school President John F. Kennedy attended. “If you want to send [your kids abroad] at 14, they’re gone.”

David L Ryan/Globe Staff Ali Fu from China with Priscila Forgione from Lynn work together at Pope John XXIII High School in Everett. Ren helps run a parental support group on WeChat, a popular Chinese social media app, that translates to “Circle of Moms who want to Send their Kids to the US.” It has 50,000 followers. Many of these are parents like Robby Yang, caught between keeping a child nearby and encouraging them to leave. Any reservations the Chinese father had about sending his son abroad ended when the boy started elementary school in Beijing. He noticed that parents were asking the teacher what supplemental material they should buy for their 7-year-olds, in addition to after-school English classes and regular homework. Yang tried to ignore the intensity of his son’s kindergarten, where some of the kids could read novels. But the child would cry because he couldn’t list addition tables or write as many Chinese characters as the others. “This kind of competition is everywhere,” said Yang, who works on the investment side of Pearson, a multinational education and publishing company, and commutes three hours a day so his son can attend a well-regarded school. Schools acknowledge that revenue from these full-paying students motivates their recruitment. Many also hope to cultivate affluent international families into donors. But administrators also say the influx is reshaping classrooms that historically have lacked diversity. “We’re going to end up with a population of students who maybe aren’t so interested in putting a wall around their own country,” said Steven Griffin, head of school at the MacDuffie School. perruques cheveuxAn entire industry, both in the United States and China, has sprung up to funnel young foreign students to American prep schools. Fees can run as high as $50,000 for an agent to guide a family through the admissions process. Many of these businesses make additional profit by housing students in makeshift dorms or placing them with host families. Schools use agents because they believe it lends legitimacy to students’ applications. But it also makes for unusually close partnerships between admissions officers and businesses, with money as a primary incentive.

David L Ryan/Globe Staff Nick Zhou, who is from China, played pool after school ended at Pope John XXIII. “International students are a very lucrative market,” said Xi Zhang, founder of Boston-based FindingSchool.com, a website that provides information in Chinese about US secondary schools. “Although they can claim ‘I want to make sure our student body is diverse,’ lots of schools are doing this for the money.” The MacDuffie School finds 80 percent of its international students through agents, Griffin said. The school pays agents a cut, 10 percent of the $51,000 tuition that schools receive from the family the first year, and 5 percent in subsequent years. Sparhawk School, an Amesbury day school, requires students from China, Vietnam, and Korea to apply through the Cambridge Institute for International Education, a recruiting company whose affiliate operates the school’s new dormitory in nearby Haverhill. The Waltham-based company, founded less than a decade ago, partners with more than 200 private and public high schools and universities, one of the largest agencies of its kind. Although third-party companies assist many families with the unfamiliar process, some also manipulate naive parents eager to see their children succeed. A Chinese parent recently contacted the MacDuffie School to tell the headmaster her family could no longer afford the mandatory $40,000 annual donation. But no such donation rule exists. The family’s agent made up the story, and the school never received the money. With such high stakes — a child’s or a school’s future — the attempts at profiteering go both ways. Lexington Christian Academy, whose student body is 11 percent international, last year asked a Chinese student to leave when, after several warnings, she did not complete her coursework. Her parents flew in and offered the headmaster whatever assistance he needed for her to stay. “Eventually, what I understood they were saying was, ‘How much?’ ” Head of School Timothy Russell said. Students face their own struggles as they confront an unfamiliar setting, often alone and with limited English skills. Pope John XXIII sits across the street from a Dunkin’ Donuts and the Rt. perruques cheveux naturels99 Smoke Shop, between a convenience store and a nail salon. Some Chinese find suburban America a lonely transition from the crowded streets and flashy high-rises of Beijing and Shanghai. Augustine Wong, a Hong Kong transplant who attends the Newman School in the Back Bay, called the quiet West Roxbury neighborhood where his host family lives “gloomy.”

To help foreign students assimilate, schools sometimes require them to play sports or join clubs. The influence works in both directions: Chinese New Year has become a commonly feted holiday. But lunchrooms tell another story, often divided along cultural lines. During a recent morning assembly at the Newman School, many Asian students grouped together on one side of the room. A few never escape that bubble, making it difficult to ever really fit in. And, every so often, something goes terribly wrong. remy hair extensionsThree Chinese high school students in Southern California made headlines earlier this year for allegedly stripping another Chinese girl, burning her with cigarettes, and forcing her to eat her own hair. One of the student’s lawyers linked their actions to loneliness and the lack of parental supervision. Such behaviors are rare. But students can find themselves squeezed between expectations of American teachers and pressure from parents unfamiliar with a Western education system. George Becker, a world history teacher at Pope John XXIII, says that many Chinese students arrive tired to first period because they stay up late to Skype with their parents. Some sleep for a few hours, get up around 1 a.m. to talk, then go back to sleep, he said. Becker struggles to keep students with limited English skills engaged. He spends much of the first semester reinforcing the importance of participating in class and voicing opinions — skills that aren’t always encouraged in traditional Chinese schools. “I’m constantly thinking about making sure they understand this, or how can I connect this to something where they’re from,” Becker said. The increase in foreign students also affects how and what schools teach. Sparhawk School runs a course to prepare students for the English-language exam they must take to attend US universities, and it has trained its teachers on cultural differences between US and Chinese experiences. MacDuffie School offers an international diploma for foreign students who don’t meet the regular requirements for graduation. Lexington Christian Academy developed a special English-language learning program that some students attend before enrolling at the academy or at another secondary school. “You’re actually, in a way, changing the school,” said Peter Upham, executive director of The Association of Boarding Schools.

While the surge in international students brings more diversity of thought, it also threatens to shift the demographics too far in one direction, Upham said. His association has started a national campaign to encourage boarding schools to enroll more domestic students — 2,020 more by the year 2020. Meanwhile, the region’s elite prep schools, with their larger endowments, face less pressure to recruit international students. Enrolling too many foreign students can backfire, said Chris Blondin, associate admissions director at Governor’s Academy in Byfield, which has 17 Chinese students out of 400 total. Chinese families aren’t attracted to schools that look too much like home, he said. pre bonded hairDeerfield Academy counts about 20 Chinese in its student body of 635. The school has watched the number of Chinese applications drop as families learn that it admits just one student for every 12 applicants and does not have an English-language learning program. In coming years, the Newman School aims to reverse strategy and recruit more US students. Headmaster Harry Lynch is proud of Newman’s global reputation, but he frequently hears that the school is not well-known in Boston. Lynch sat in his office one recent afternoon surrounded by stacks of American textbooks. The bell rang and students from around the world raced past his open door to class. “When I look at the future of the school,” Lynch said, “it has to rebalance.” Laura Krantz can be reached at laura.krantz@globe.com. Jessica Meyers can be reached at jessica.meyers@globe.com.