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UVU to Host Open World Delegation from Ukraine

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March 15, 2010
For Immediate Release

For more information: Maryna Storrs (801) 863-8897
University Marketing & Communications: Erin Spurgeon, (801) 863-6807
Written by: Chelsey Richardson (801) 863-8504

The Open World Program is a unique, nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress designed to build mutual understanding between the United States and Eurasia and to enable emerging political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at a local level. Thanks to a grant from the Open World Leadership Center, Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy is proud to take part by hosting six professionals from Ukraine, who will spend March 19- 27 studying accountable governance practices in Utah.

While in Utah, delegates will meet with the local, state and federal government officials as well as UVU faculty to discuss budgeting and transparency of governmental spending; land-use planning, community and infrastructure development; political involvement; economic development; energy efficiency; citizens’ involvement in decision-making process; cultural and historical preservation, and other issues related to the democratic process and local development. In addition, home stays with local residents will allow the delegates to experience Utah family life.

“We involve UVU students and faculty with our guests in numerous activities,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president of international affairs and diplomacy. “Ukraine is of special interest among many in our school and the local community. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with leaders from an important European friend.”

More than 12,000 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 U.S. states since the program’s inception in 1999. Delegates range from members of parliament to mayors, from innovative nonprofit directors to experienced journalists, and from political party activists to regional administrators. For more information on Open World, please visit http://www.openworld.gov.

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