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UVU to Host Inaugural International Higher Education Summit

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November 1, 2010
For Immediate Release

For more information: Leanna Escobar (801) 863-8342
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Leanna Escobar (801) 863-8342

On Nov. 5 international educators from Brigham Young University, Salt Lake Community College, the University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Snow College, Southern Utah University, and Westminster College, state government officials, and international business leaders will gather at Utah Valley University for Utah’s inaugural International Higher Education Summit: “Lessons Learned, Pathways Forward.” The Summit will begin at 8:15 a.m. at Centre Stage in the UVU Sorensen Student Center.

Utah college students have strong ties to countries throughout the world. Many possess strong second language skills. A significant number have lived overseas. Utah colleges and universities have each developed international education programs aimed at adding value to the international experience and skills students bring to campus. While the state’s universities and colleges provide strong international education programming, most international educators in Utah note that stronger communication networks within Utah’s higher education system will lead to greater collaboration and more efficient use of scarce resources.

Utah’s inaugural International Higher Education Summit will facilitate the development of stronger communication networks. Participants will come away from the summit with a better sense of the collective lessons learned about international higher education in Utah. Participants will also gain a better sense of pathways forward for international higher education as well as a stronger network of support from educators, business leaders, and state officials.

While the summit will address a broad array of international education issues, it will also help international educators begin conversations and problem solving that will be reflected in more specific and focused agendas in future annual summits. The University of Utah has already agreed to host the summit in 2011 and Weber State University in 2012.

Summit sessions will focus on issues and topics such as: “U. S. Trends in Internationalization: Implications for Institutional Strategies,” “U.S. Global Competence: A 21st Century Imperative,” “Connecting International Education Experiences with the Post-Graduation World,” “The Big Picture: The State of International Higher Education in Utah,” “Achieving Quality in Education Abroad Programs,” “Building the Case for International Students:  Advocacy and Integration,” and “Expanding Your World on Campus.”

Registration information can be found at www.uvu.edu/international/engage/edu_summit.html

For more information about the summit, please contact the UVU International Center at (801) 863-8342.


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