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Russian University Agreement Opens Opportunities For UVU Students And Faculty

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December 1, 2011
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351

A newly-formed agreement between Utah Valley University and the Higher School of Economics, located in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, will allow for collaborative activities between the two universities beginning this summer.

UVU’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences signed a memorandum of understanding with the Russian university on Tuesday, Nov. 22, to build a relationship that promotes cultural and educational exchange and understanding.

“This is a first step toward having a robust and dynamic relationship with Russia for our students and faculty,” said Frederick H. White, associate dean of UVU’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences. “Our goal in working with the Higher School of Economics is to expand our activities beyond language instruction in order to offer an international experience from which the entire college can benefit.”

This effort begins in June when UVU will send a group of professors for a faculty development seminar to create new and innovative courses on Russia’s post-Soviet transformation. The following summer, UVU will offer a study abroad program at the Russian university so students can explore the material in an international setting.

“Once this hub is established, we plan to offer courses that will benefit students in history, political science, peace and justice, English and many more areas. To fully internationalize our curriculum, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences is integrating global perspectives into all of our courses,” White said.

Some of the proposed options include lectures offered over Skype to enable team-taught courses, new course and program development that takes advantage of the strengths of both universities, study abroad and research opportunities.

The Higher School of Economics, established nearly 20 years ago in Moscow to promote economic and social reforms in Russia through education, is a multi-discipline center of study and research, which has developed effective partnership relations with prestigious foreign universities, international programs and organizations, research consortia, foreign companies and transnational corporations.

The university is headquartered in Moscow and has locations throughout Russia. UVU’s agreement is with the school located in Nizhny Novgorod, which is the fifth-largest city in Russia and is the economic and cultural center of the vast Volga-Vyatka region.

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About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

Photo courtesy UVU Marketing & Communications (l-r): Frederick White, associate dean of UVU's College of Humanities & Social Sciences, shakes hands with Oleg Kozyrev, director of the Higher School of Economics - Nizhny Novgorod on Nov. 22 in Russia during the signing of an academic partnership between the two universities. Also pictured (wearing orange) is Natalia Gronskaia, vice-provost of Research and International Initiatives, and (in brown) is Tatiana Batischeva, director of International Programs. The woman just behind Oleg Kozyrev is Anna Blyakhman, vice-provost Academic of the School of Economics.

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