pace of international visits
(L to R)
Dr. Kania, Elena Fedotova, Dr. Chen, Tomsk State Pedagogical University
Rector Valery Obukov, Chancellor Meadors, and Anatoly Kopytov.
Elena visited Pembroke fall 2002 as part of the Partners in Education
A whirlwind summer
of international travel found UNC Pembroke faculty and administrators
in Siberia, Marseilles, Bavaria and Scandinavia.
UNCP is continuing
to internationalize itself through a variety of agreements for student,
staff and faculty exchanges, as well as importing and exporting academic
C. Meadors, Dr. Alex Chen, Associate Vice Chancellor for International
Programs, and Dr. Richard Kania, Chair of UCNP's Department of Sociology,
Social Work and Criminal Justice, traveled to Tomsk State Pedagogical
University in July to meet with some old friends and to build new relationships.
Chen and I had a very productive trip to Russia," Chancellor Meadors
said "Tomsk State Pedagogical University prepares its students
to become K-12 teachers and have many common areas with our School of
Education. We look forward to developing a partnership with Tomsk State
as we have with dozens of other schools around the world in the last
Dr. Kania remained
in Siberia for a week to negotiate similar exchange programs with universities
and institutes in Yurga, Novosibirsk, Barnaul and Bijsk.
UNCP and Tomsk University
are already partners in a State Department-sponsored teacher exchange
program called Partners in Education. The Russian university, which
specializes in teacher training, is interested in exchanges of many
types, said Dr. Alex Chen, Associate Vice Chancellor for International
of students and faculty, Tomsk is interested in building a relationship
with our American Indian Studies program that would include studies
of Siberia's native populations," Dr. Chen said. "They are
also interested in Sister City programs as well as co-editing an international
education journal and discussing joint economic development programs.
We believe this is a great opportunity."
Other travels included:
- France's EUROMED
MARSEILLE School of Management and UNCP are exploring the possibility
of a joint language program and an International MBA (Master's of
Business Administration) exchange program. With a student exchange
agreement already in place, EUROMED will send two exchange students
to UNCP this fall.
- Regensburg University,
in the Bavarian region near Munich, Germany, was the site of discussions
to finalize student exchange agreements that will bring four students
to UNCP this year. Regensburg is a modern, comprehensive university
that is looking for international business partners. Chancellor Meadors
also met with Regensburg's mayor to discuss a visit to UNCP later
- Ludwigsburg Pedagogical
University, near Stuttgart, Germany, hosted several delegations from
UNCP including Chancellor Meadors, who met with UNCP and German exchange
students and signed student exchange agreements that will bring six
German students to UNCP this year. A science education exchange was
also discussed. Dr. Warren Baker, Dean of the UNCP School of Education,
traveled with two students to visit special education programs at
the German teacher college. Also visiting Ludwigsburg on an executive
exchange program was Dr. William Gash, Associate Vice Chancellor for
- The University
of Umea (Sweeden) is interested in exporting its highly regarded Sports
Medicine program and is seeking student exchange partners to give
its athletes international exposure. Provost and Vice Chancellor for
Academic Affairs Roger Brown traveled with Swedish-born Women's Soccer
Coach Lars Andersson. He signed student and faculty exchange agreements.
Physical Education Chair Tommy Thompson, Dr. Chen and Associate Vice
Chancellor for Information Resources Maurice Mitchell will visit Umea
- Vaxjo University,
also in Sweeden, is one of UNCP's oldest international partners having
exchanged several groups of students. Vaxjo possesses advanced information
technology programs, and they are looking for business student and
administrator exchanges, Dr. Chen said.
"We have made
considerable progress on a wide variety of international opportunities
for the University," Dr. Chen said. "Through extensive visits
between our schools, we have nurtured these partnerships. We expect
these to be long-term and fruitful relationships."
"We also want
to see these international initiatives enhance our academic programs,
enrich our faculty and students and assist local economic development
efforts," Dr. Chen said.
to R) Chancellor Meadors with EUROMET MARSEILLE International Program
Directors, Desi Schmitt and Richard Bower
Meadors talks with former UNCP exchange students at Ludwigsburg
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