As the country of Myanmar transforms itself after five decades of military rule, the University of Utah is stepping up to fill a critical need for social workers. The U’s College of Social Work and Asia Center — in partnership with St. Aloysius Gonzaga Institute of Higher Studies — are providing an online, social work certificate program to students in Myanmar (aka Burma). It’s the first phase in a long-term plan to help the institute develop an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in education and social work.
Khawar Mumtaz is the type of person who when faced with injustice knew she had to do something to confront it. The 1970s in Pakistan were a particularly dark time in a country who has had its share of dark times. The politics of authoritarianism and repression were on the rise and the rights of the average citizen were on the decline. In this moment entered an unlikely voice—a woman, a scholar, an activist.
While nearly two dozen U.S. governors are refusing to allow Syrian refugees to relocate to their states, Utah's isn't one of them. On November 15, 2015, University of Utah political scientist Claudio Holzner and Tribune investigative reporter Matt Canham joined Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's call for compassion and how the Paris terrorist attacks could affect the growing refugee crisis.
Aarati Ghimire was born and raised in Nepal, but moved to the U.S. six years ago. Admitted to the University of Utah College of Social Work, her dream is to become a social worker to help those in need. When a devastating earthquake struck her home country last year, she felt drawn to go home to put her newly acquired social work skills to the test. Nepal She received a Hinckley Global Scholarship from the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, and was able to embark on a practicum in Nepal through an internship at CHOICE Humanitarian, a non-profit that helps communities develop tools to become self-sustainable.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced that the conference, University of Utah, Arizona State University, the Chinese Scholarship Council and the Federation University Sports China (FUSC) have developed a coaching education program for coaches from FUSC member colleges.
A collaboration between the University of Utah’s College of Engineering, Health Sciences Center, Technology Venture Development Program, and the David Eccles School of Business, The Center for Medical Innovation [CMI], is every entrepreneurial medical student’s wildest dream come true. The center provides not only the seed grants necessary to pursue new solutions to medical issues across the globe, but the facilities and equipment to take ideas from concept to prototype and beyond.
Under the sweltering Cuban sun, a group of students from the Bennion Center is weeding vegetable beds at an organic farm outside of Havana. It’s a new concept for both students and the farmer. Volunteerism is an unfamiliar practice in a country where residents depend on the government to meet their needs.
International dealings with China, especially in the academic realm tend to be rather rare. International partnerships on the scale of the University of Utah’s Master’s in Public Administration [MPA] exchange that took place from January 2008 to May 2013 are simply unheard of.
When most people think of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder [ASD], they tend to think of the children that they often see accompanied by their parents or caretakers. What they tend not to think about, is the adults those children eventually become, and what their futures may hold.
In an attempt to make that future brighter, University of Utah startup NeuroVersity along with the Columbus Community Center are seeking to pioneer new forms of educational and professional development for these children moving forward.
This idea, more so than any other, is one that Scott and Cheryl Wright, Co-Founders of NeuroVersity brought up time and again when I sat down with them in a cozy booth in the bustling University of Utah student Union.
If there is one thing that sets higher education apart from what most students learn during their primary and high school education years, it’s the opportunity college presents to gain real world, hands-on experience. The Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Office for Global Engagement [OGE] offer some of the more impactful experiences available at the University of Utah through their international internship program.