International educators visit UCCS to study higher education methods

Feb. 23, 2015

April Wefler
awefler@uccs.edu

UCCS welcomed 15 international educators Feb. 17-18 as part of the U.S. Department of State EducationUSA network.

The event, which runs Feb. 15-24, is hosted by StudyColorado, a program of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

According to the StudyColorado press release, educators from all over the world will visit various educational institutions in Denver, Colorado Springs, Greeley, Fort Collins and Boulder to “explore opportunities for capacity building and international collaboration” in industry and innovation.

“StudyColorado is seeking to highlight ways in which Colorado’s higher education institutions are working with industry to address research challenges, prepare students for the workforce and promote entrepreneurship and innovation,” the release said.

The educators include presidents, vice-chancellors, faculty members and people from the higher education ministries.

“The idea was for them to look at how in the United States we create partnerships and linkages between the university and the private sector,” said Kee Warner, associate vice chancellor for Inclusion and Academic Engagement.

Warner said the university highlighted some partnerships that UCCS has created, such as the College of Engineering, the Bachelor of Innovation program and the Lane Center.

Chancellor Pamela Shockley-Zalabak talked to the group about how the university was built on these kinds of partnerships.

“The visiting scholars were very interested about what they learned about our campus. They had the chance to interact with some of our students and some of our faculty and staff that had been Fulbright Fellows in other countries,” Warner said.

Warner is one of the Fulbright Fellows that the participants dined with.

“On Tuesday, they thought Colorado was very cold, but the sun came out on Wednesday and they were a little bit more comfortable and they thought the campus was really beautiful,” he said.

“It was a very productive trip and I think there may be some partnerships that emerged with some of the institutions that visited us in this delegation.”

Educators from:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, India, the Philippines, South Africa, Vietnam, Mexico

Visiting:
CU-Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Red Rocks Community College, Arapahoe Community College, UCCS, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, CU-Boulder