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7th Annual Convention of Association of Pharmacy Professionals & 2nd Indo-US Conference on “Modern Trends, Current Challenges and Future Scenario of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologywas organized and hosted by School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vels Deemed to be University (VISTAS), Pallavaram, Chennai, Tamilnadu on 27th July 2018, in collaboration with APP West Indies International Branch. This APP-VISTAS collaborative conference was witnessed by Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh, Chancellor, VISTAS, Pallavaram as ‘Chief Patron‘; Prof. P. Swaminathan, Vice-Chancellor, VISTAS as ‘Patron‘; Dr. P. Shanmugasundaram, Director, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, VISTAS as ‘Convener’; Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, Director, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago as ‘Organizing Chairman‘; Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati, Vice President, APP Ethiopian International Branch from Wollega University, Nekemte, Ethiopia and Prof. M. Himaja from Department of Chemistry, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore as ‘Guests of Honor’; Prof. Terezinha De Jesus Andreoli Pinto, Director, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil as ‘Scientific Committee Chairman’ and Dr. Kamal Dua from Discipline of Pharmacy, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as ‘Scientific Committee Co-Chairman’.
Scientific session of the convention was enriched with lectures of Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP from Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA; Dr. Sachin Dubey, International Head, APP IP-DRA Division and Head, Formulation Development (Biologics), Glenmark Pharmaceuticals S.A., Switzerland and Prof. Kuntal Das, President, APP Karnataka State Branch from Department of Phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy, Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy, Chikkabellandur, Bangalore, Karnataka on different topics of pharmaceutical interest like ‘Moving a drug from BCS class II to BCS class I: A case study of limited water soluble drug’, ‘Developing a robust analytical package for demonstrating biosimilarity’ and ‘Health with nutraceuticals: A current challenge in pharmaceuticals’. The vote of thanks was given by Dr. M. Vijey Aanandhi, Co-convener & Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Analysis, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, VISTAS.
At the end of the conference, Dr. P. Shanmugasundaram, Director, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, VISTAS was felicitated with ‘APP Principal of the Year Award’; Dr. Sachin Dubey, Head, Formulation Development (Biologics), Glenmark Pharmaceuticals S.A., Switzerland with ‘APP Young Achiever Award’; Dr. Palanisamy Selvamani, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University, BITS Campus, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu with ‘APP Fellow Membership Award’; Dr. Natarajan Jawahar, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, JSS College of Pharmacy, Rocklands, Ooty, Tamilnadu with ‘APP Young Talent Award’; Dr. Sunita Dahiya, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA with ‘APP Young Investigator Award’; Dr. S. Latha, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University, Tiruchirappalli with ‘APP Young Pharmacist Award’; Prof. P. Swaminathan, Vice-Chancellor, VISTAS with ‘APP Appreciation Award’ and Dr. D. Praveen, Research Scholar, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, VISTAS, Chennai with ‘APP Overall Excellent Student Performance Award’. Programme terminated with announcement of APP Tamilnadu State Branch headed by Dr. P. Shanmugasundaram, APP Brazilian International Branch headed by Prof. Terezinha De Jesus Andreoli Pinto and APP Malaysian International Branch headed by Dr. K. Jaya Raja Kumar, AIMST University, Malaysia.




IMP(ALWAR: AUG 12 , 2017)

On the occasion of International Youth Day, 6th Annual Convention of Association of Pharmacy Professionals on ‘Future of Pharmacy and Pharmacists in Profession’ was organized and hosted by APP Rajasthan State Branch at the beautiful campus of Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar, Rajasthan, India. During convention, Dr. Rajesh Kumar Yadav, Assistant Registrar (Exam Secrecy), Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur, Rajasthan acted as ‘Chief Guest’; Dr. V. K. Agarwal, Chancellor, SunRise University, Alwar and Chairman, IET Group, Alwar acted as ‘Chief Patron’; Dr. Manju Agarwal, Executive Director, IET Group, Alwar acted as ‘Patron’; Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of  Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago acted as ‘Convener’ in absentia; Dr. Hemendra Gautam, Vice President APP and Director, Radha Govind Institute of Pharmacy, Chanduasi, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh acted as ‘Co-convener’; Prof. Govindasamy Jeyabalan, Principal, Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar and President, APP Rajasthan State Branch acted as ‘Organizing Chairman‘; Dr. Madan Mohan Gupta, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobagoacted as ‘Special Guest from International Community’; Dr. R. S. Parihar, Registrar, SunRise University, Alwar and Dr. B. Narsimhan, Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, M.D. University, Rohtak, Haryana acted as ‘Guest of Honor’; Dr. Sachin Dubey, Head, Formulation Development (Biologics), Glenmark Pharmaceuticals SA, Switzerland and International Head, APP IP-DRA Division acted as ‘Scientific Committee Chairman’; Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP and Professor Adjunct, School of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, United States and Dr. Kamal Dua, International Head, APP PharmTech Division from Discipline of Pharmacy, Graduate School of Health,University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales, Australia acted as ‘Scientific Committee Co-chairmans’.
Scientific session of the conference was enriched with lectures of Dr. Madan Mohan Gupta from School of Pharmacy, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago on ‘Problem Based Learning: An Effective Method of Teaching and Learning in Pharmaceutical Education’; Dr. Rita Mourya, Joint Secretary, APP Ethiopian International Branch from School of Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia on ‘Diabetes Management: Contemporary Trends and Approaches’ and Dr. Balasubramanian Narasimhan, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana on ‘Current and Future Role of Modern Pharmacist in Global Scenario’ followed by invited oration by Dr. Gaurav Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jaipur National University, Jaipur, Rajasthan on ‘Nephrotoxicity in Rats exposed to Paracetamol: Protective Role of Moralbosteroid, A Steroidal Glycoside’.
The convention was witnessed by Prof. Saurabh Dahiya, Head, School of Pharmacy, Lingaya’s University, Faridabad, Haryana; Sh. Tarsem Jain, Editor-in-Chief, Pharma Pramarsh, Rohtak, Haryana; Dr. Kalpesh Gaur, Secretary, APP Rajasthan State Branch from Geetanjali University, Udaipur; Dr. Saurabh Kumar Banerjee, Executive Member, APP Rajasthan State Branch from IIHMR University, Jaipur; Mr. Ajit Kumar Yadav, Executive Member, APP from Invertis University, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh; Mr. Sunil Singh, Executive Member, APP from RKDF University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh; Dr. Rajesh Kumar Asija, Principal, Maharishi Arvind Institute of Pharmacy, Mansarovar, Jaipur; Dr. Karni Singh Shekhawat, Principal, Sri Balaji College of Pharmacy, Jaipur; Dr. Raghvendra Singh Bhadauria, Principal, Shrinathji Institute of Pharmacy, Nathdwara; Dr. Naresh Kumar Khatri, Principal, Shri USB Pharmacy College, Santpur, Abu Road, Sirohi; Dr. Bhupendra Singh Chauhan, Principal, Siddharth Institute of Technology (Pharmacy), Jaipur; Dr. Vinesh Kumar, Principal, Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Pharmacy, Jaipur; Mr. Vivek Kaushik, Principal, Krishnadevi Maheshwari Pharmacy College, Bagar, Jhunjhunu; Mr. P. L. Bhaskar, Principal, Mahatma Gandhi College of Pharmacy, Sikar, Rajasthan etc.
During convention, as per the decision taken by Central Executive Council (CEC) of the association, Prof. Saurabh Dahiya (Lingaya’s University, Faridabad) nominated as President, APP Haryana State Branch; Prof. Balasubramanian Narsimhan (Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak) nominated as Secretary, APP Haryana State Branch; Prof. Raghvendra Singh Bhadauria (Shrinathji Institute of Pharmacy, Nathdwara) nominated as President, APP Rajasthan State Branch; Dr. Gaurav Gupta (Jaipur National University, Jaipur) nominated as National Head, APP MolPharm Division; Dr. Kavita Pabreja (The University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia)nominated as International Coordinator, APP MolPharm Division; Dr. Kamal Dua (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)nominated as International Head, APP PharmTech Division w.e.f. 2017-18.
Valedictory function of the convention was initiated with announcement of the title ‘Father of Pharmacy Practice Education in India’ to Prof. B. Suresh, Vice Chancellor, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka and President, Pharmacy Council of India. This was followed by distribution of APP appreciation awards to the Chief Patron, Patron and Organizing Chairman; certificates of appreciation to the speakers of convention; outstanding oration award (Late Mr. Manas Tripathi Memorial Award) to Dr. Gaurav Gupta; best oration prizes to Mr. Vikas Sharma (Chandigarh University, Mohali, Punjab), Mr. Suresh Kumar (Kurukshetra University, Haryana), Mr. Ajit Yadav (Invertis University, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh), Mr. Sunil Singh (RKDF University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh); best research paper award in ‘Drug Design and MedChem Section’ to Dr. Vipin Kumar, Dean and Professor, Department of Pharmacy, School of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer; best poster awards to students from diverse pharmacy institutions; APP profile awards to diverse pharmacy professionals viz. Outstanding Achievement Award to Sh. Ajay Phatak, Drug Controller of Rajasthan; Young Talent Award to Dr. Rajesh Kumar Yadav, Assistant Registrar (Exam Secrecy), Rajasthan University of Health Sciences; Young Investigator Award to Prof. Jainendra Jain, Principal, RamEesh Institute of Vocational and Technical Education, Greater Noida and Young Achiever Award to Dr. Md Zaheen Hassan Ansari, Associate Professor, Alwar Pharmacy College from Rajasthan and surrounding states. Also, best student award (Late Smt. Phoolwasa Devi Dubey Memorial Award) was provided to Ms. Ankita Pandey, B. Pharm IV Year student, Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar, Rajasthan for her excellent academic record. The convention ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Narendra Nyola, Joint Secretary, APP Rajasthan State Branch.






1(ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA: NOV 08-10 , 2016)

A three-days 10th Pan American Conference on ‘Pharmaceutical Education‘ was jointly organized by Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) from 8th-10th November, 2016 at Antigua, Guatemala, Central Latin America. Conference was enriched with various workshops/lectures including discussions by diverse pharmaceutical experts on topics like ‘Adopting Strategies to Develop Students’ Professional Abilities’ and witnessed by various representatives from Central Latin American/North and South American/Caribbean countries including Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President, Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) and Director, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago; Prof. Rosa Eugenia Buitrago Del Rosal, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Panama, Panama; Prof. Wanda T. Maldonado, Dean, School of Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Prof. Fernando Torres Moscoso, School of Pharmacy, Medicine Faculty, Andres Bello National University, Santiago, Chile; Dr. Sarah Scoular, Director, Pharmaceutical Care Learning Center, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado, United States; Ms. Karishma A. Jeeboo, Head, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Guyana, Guyana; Mrs. Lydia Thurton, Senior Lecturer, Pharmacy Department, University of Belize, Belmopan‎, Belize, Central America; Prof. William Peres, Medicine and Pharmacy Faculty, Postgraduate Program in Science in Food Technology, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil, South America; Prof. Lucrecia de Haase, Faculty of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of San Carlos, Guatemala, Central America etc.
During the valedictory function on 10th November, 2016, Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP felicitated Prof. Wanda T. Maldonado, Dean, School of Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Caribbean Island and unincorporated U.S. territory); Prof. Gladys Maidana, Pharmacy Department, Faculty of Chemical Sciences, National University of Asuncion, San Lorenzo, Paraguay and Prof. Tarcisio Jose Palhano, President Advisor, Federal Council of Pharmacy, Brasilia, Brazil with ‘APP Appreciation Awards 2016‘ for their vital role in promoting pharmaceutical education throughout the South/Central America. Conference ended with announcement of next meeting of XI Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education at Ecuador, South America.




1x(TRICHY: JAN 22-23 , 2016)

Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) 5th Annual International Convention on “Redefining Pharmacy Education and Regulation for Translational Drug Research in India” was organized at Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University, BIT Campus, Tiruchirappalli and Pinnacle Hall, Breeze Residency, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India on 22nd-23rd January, 2016. This international event was organized in association with ‘European Society for Translational Medicine’ and ‘Austrian Society for Translational Medicine’ and sponsored by Department of Science & Technology and Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India. Dr. Rajiv Dahiya and Dr. Sunita Dahiya, President & Secretary of Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) convened this international convention in absentia and Dr. P. Selvamani and Dr. S. Latha from hosting university acted as ‘Coordinators’.
Scientific session of convention was enriched with scientific lecture of Prof. Oommen V. Oommen, Secretary, Society for Translational Cancer Research on the topic “Curcumin: The Indian Gold”. Session-I of the APP international convention was started with lecture of Prof. Ulrich Pfeffer, IRCCS AOU San Martino, IST Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro, Genova, Italy on the topic “From Genetics to Targeted Prevention of Cancer”. Another lecture was delivered by Dr. S. Rajasekhara Reddy from VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu on topic “Synthesis of Diversity Oriented Bioactive Compounds for Various Therapeutic Applications”.
Session-II of the international convention was started with lecture of Prof. S. K. Kulkarni, Former Pro VC, Punjab University, on the topic “Translational Approach in Pharmaceutical Teaching and Training”. Another lecture was delivered by Dr. G. Mathan from Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu on topic “Molecular Insights into the Anti-cancer Properties of Traditional Tibetan Medicine”.
Session-III of the APP convention was started with lecture of Prof. G. Dhinakar Raj, TANUVAS, Chennai, India on the topic “Translational Research: Seamless transition from Research to Market – Lessons for the Researchers”. Another lecture was delivered by Shri M. Dhilip Kumar, Assistant Director, Drug Control Administration, Chennai, India on the topic “Regulatory Refinement – Need of the Hour”.
Session-IV of the scientific convention was started with Prof. K. Ruckmani, Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University, Tiruchirappalli on the topic “Ameliorative Effect of Polyphenols on Airway Inflammation and Mucus Hyper-Secretion in Cigarette Smoke Induced COPD Mice Model”. Another lecture was delivered by Dr. Veerabrahma Kishan from Kakatiya University, Warangal, Telangana, India on the topic “A Critical Analysis of Translational Drug Research and current Pharmacy Education in Indian Context”.
During valedictory function, APP Trichy Local Branch was announced with Dr. P. Selvamani, Assistant Professor, Anna University, BIT Campus, Tiruchirapalli as ‘Head‘ and Dr. S. Latha, Assistant Professor, Anna University, BIT Campus, Tiruchirappalli; Dr. A. Shanmugarathinam, Assistant Professor, Anna University, BIT Campus, Tiruchirappalli and Dr. Subramanian Natesan, Assistant Professor, Anna University, BIT Campus, Tiruchirappalli as ‘Coordinators‘ of Trichy Local Branch. APP life membership certificates were distributed during valedictory function of the convention.
In poster competition, first, second and third prizes were won by Mr. Hanumanth Singh (SET, Nagaland), Ms. Joysa Ruby J. (Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu) and Mr. Sunil Jawla (Shobit University, Uttar Pradesh) respectively. In orations, in pharmacology section, first prize was won by Dr. Kakali Bhadra, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Kalyani, West Bengal. Dr. Kakali Bhadra gave oration on topic “Pharmaceutical effect of Harmalol, a Natural Product in HePG2: In Vitro Cytotoxicity and Binding Study”.
In pharmacology section, second prize was won by Ms. Vasanthi M. from Kamraj College of Engineering and Technology on the topic “In Vitro Evaluation of Alpha Glucosidase and Alpha Amylase Inhibitory Property of Bioflavanoids Extracted from Oxalis Lorniulata” and third prize was won by Mr. Anant Achary from Kamraj College of Engineering and Technology on the topic “Extraction Sucrose containing Sulphated Polysaccharides from S. Tennari Mum and Its Anticoagulant and Antioxidant Activity”.
In pharmaceutical chemistry section, first prize was won by Mr. Ashish Bhaumik from Teja College of Pharmacy, Nalgonda, Telangana on the topic ‘Synthesis, Molecular Characterization and Evaluation of In Vivo Hepatoprotetive Activity of Some Novel Oxadiazole Derivatives‘.
In pharmaceutical technology section, first prize was won by Mr. Devanand S. from Department of Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry, Dr. K. M. Cheriyan Heart Foundation, Chennai on the topic “Detection of Anti-hyperglycemic Trace Elements in Polyherbal Formulation by Asemax and LIBs Analysis” whereas in biotechnology section, first prize was won by Mr. Kanna K.P. from Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, Erode, Tamil Nadu on the topic “Extraction, Estimation and Characterization of Biomolecule from Endophytic Fungi”.
In biotechnology section, second prize was won by Mr. D. Anand from Department of Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry, Dr. K. M. Cherian Heart Foundation, Chennai on the topic “Adib, A Polyherbal Formulation Atters Gluco- toxicity Induced mRNA Expression in RINSF Cells – An In Vitro Study”. Finally, vote of thanks was given by coordinators of APP 5th Annual International Convention Dr. P. Selvamani and Dr. S. Latha, Assistant Professors, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University, BIT Campus, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu.
The programme was concluded with announcement of APP 6th Annual Convention to be hosted by Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh in January 2017 by Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati, President, APP Andhra Pradesh State Branch and Principal, Green Royal Academy of Pharmaceutical Education and Sciences, Koyyalagudem, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, India .



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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, 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 Jessica Meyers can be reached at