UVU To Host Tajik Delegation With Open World Leadership Center Program
September 13, 2012
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Dallin Kauffman (801) 863-7191
Five professionals from Tajikistan participating in the Open World Leadership Center program will spend Sept. 29-Oct. 6 in Utah examining the state’s tourism industry while hosted by Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy.
While in Utah, the delegates will discuss issues pertaining to sustainable tourism with several state entities such as the park management of Capitol Reef National Park, the Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The delegation will also tour Sundance Ski Resort, and will be meeting with the hospitality management and tourism departments at UVU and the University of Utah.
“Tajikistan has the potential to become the modern hub of Central Asian eco-tourism. It is known for its friendly people and wealth of natural beauty, especially the breathtaking Pamir Mountains, which were once one of the southern branches of the Silk Road and today are largely untouched by outsiders,” said Rusty Butler, UVU associate vice president of the Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Utah and UVU can offer much in the way of experience and best practices to this Tajik delegation as they seek to further develop the infrastructure of eco-tourism within their own country.”
Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level.
The Open World Leadership Center has awarded grants to UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy to administer this and similar exchanges since 2007.
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 Utahís largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.