From March 8 to March 18, the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah (CIUU), in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Arizona State University (CIASU), led a ten-day tour of China designed to facilitate exchange between American and Chinese educators. The US delegation was made up of 10 educators from Utah and 11 from Arizona, representing teachers, administrators and curriculum designers from multiple school districts in the two states. With the support of Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and University of Utah’s partner school Sichuan University (SCU), delegates toured schools in Shanghai and in Sichuan Province, interacted with local educators and students, and explored Chinese cultural sites.
A passport is a powerful thing. A passport opens doors, empowering students to pursue international academic, research professional and personal experiences. In an effort to make passports available to more students, the Office for Global Engagement (OGE) and Learning Abroad are proud to announce that CIEE, one of the U’s vetted affiliate study abroad providers, will be bringing their Passport Caravan to the University next Academic Year. As part of CIEE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, they’ve pledged to provide 10,000 students across the country with passports by 2020. After an extensive 12-month long grant process, Learning Abroad has been accepted to host the Passport Caravan and will be partnering with CIEE to provide 100 passport to U of U students who will be first-time adult passport holders.
In 2017, China’s central government formally introduced a new concept to the country—the creation of national parks. The idea is to set national standards to prevent environmental destruction of natural resources while the country’s population continues to grow. A year later, the Chinese government partnered with the University of Utah’s Office of Global Engagement and Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism to learn more about Utah’s national parks and public land policies in an effort to build its new program using best practices honed in the United States during the past nearly 150 years.
Three University of Utah students have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Fulbright scholarship.
Zoe Diener, Kevin Priest, and Daniel Ybarra have received a highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the 2018-19 academic year.
Diener (MS, public health) will conduct research in public health in Namibia, Priest (MA, British and American literature) will be an English Teaching Assistant in Greece and Ybarra (BA, communication studies and Middle East studies) will be an English Teaching Assistant in Uzbekistan.
“I really didn’t intend to learn abroad in college,” said Beth Laux. “But I had a political science professor who was adamant that I apply to a program in Costa Rica during my sophomore year.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Learning Abroad at the U. In the past 50 years, the program has grown to include over 500 programs in more than 65 countries. The most current data shows that over 600 students participated in learning abroad programs in the 2015-2016 school year. This includes students from over 100 majors.
Students do not think they will be able to study abroad for many reasons. It’s either too expensive, they can’t fit it in their schedules or they think it will be a waste of time with no academic presence. Below, two students discuss the financial and language barrier myths surrounding learning aboard programs.
On Sept. 18, the Office of Global Engagement at the University of Utah will welcome 70 collegiate coaches from China to participate in a training and education program for three months. Sponsored by the China Scholarship Council and the Federation University Sports China, the coaches will work with U athletics staff on techniques in men and women’s basketball and track and field. This will be the second year the U has participated in the program, which is part of the Pac-12 Globalization Initiative.
Studying abroad can be a great way for undergraduate students to earn credit while on the adventure of a lifetime, but many students don’t know where to start, especially if they are in a tailored program like the arts. I teamed up with the faculty in the Learning Abroad office to get answers to questions every arts student may have about their options when it comes to learning abroad.
The winners of the 2017 Excellence in Global Education Awards were recognized in April during the Office for Global Engagement’s (OGE) annual awards reception. OGE established the award to recognize extraordinary and long-term staff and faculty contributions to the university’s global dimension and those who have demonstrated excellence in facilitating global learning and intercultural understanding. This may include international partnership development that engages students, curriculum revision to include global learning outcomes, advancement of the learning of languages, and other initiatives that provide significant opportunities for global learning either on campus or abroad. It may also include providing support or mentoring to international students or students participating in learning abroad programs.
The refugee crisis may seem far from the shores of our Great Salt Lake, but six Utes are about to travel to Thessaloniki to spend ten days working with refugees, staff and stakeholders to do their part in this humanitarian disaster. The “Refugee Policy and Global Ethics” work/study visit will be preceded by lectures and meetings in Geneva with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the International Organization for Migrants, among others, as part of a two-and-a-half week summer seminar organized by the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights.