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UI to establish exchange agreement with Ukrainian university
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is establishing ties with
a Ukrainian university for the first time as part of its effort to promote
international scholarly exchanges and to expand opportunities for students
to study abroad. During the week of April 6-10 Victor Skopenko, the president
of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, will meet with UI President
Mary Sue Coleman as well as other UI administrators and faculty to formalize
the exchange agreement and to discuss plans for collaborative projects.
Skopenko was invited to the UI by history professor Steve Hoch on behalf
of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES).
Hoch, the director of the center, traveled to Ukraine in March and met
with faculty and administrators there during a week-long visit.
"Collaboration between the University of Iowa and Taras Shevchenko
University of Kyiv not only allows us the opportunity to enhance the educational
opportunities of our students, but also makes it possible for the University
of Iowa to be an active participant in the establishment of a more open
intellectual environment in this part of the world," Hoch said. "Potential
areas of cooperation--journalism, law, political science, economics, and
business--were highly politicized disciplines in the former Soviet Union,
and they suffered heavily during the 75 years of Soviet power."
Skopenko, who will be accompanied by Petro Bekh, director of the University
of Kyiv's Office for International Relations, will discuss educational
and research cooperation with faculty members from a variety of UI colleges
and departments including the College of Business Administration, the College
of Education, the College of Law, the School of Journalism, and departments
of chemistry, political science, and Russian. Top UI administrators who
will meet with the Ukrainian delegation include Provost Jon Whitmore, Vice
President for Research David Skorton, UI Foundation Vice President Michael
New, Dean Gary Fethke, Dean William Hines, Dean Linda Maxson, Dean Michael
McNulty, and Dean Leslie Sims.
McNulty, UI associate provost and dean of International Programs, noted
that this new agreement adds to a wide array of collaborative relationships
the UI already has established with institutions in the countries of the
former Soviet Union and the countries of eastern and central Europe.
"This development reflects UI efforts to focus and intensify linkages
and develop global partnerships with institutions in areas of strategic
significance to our research and teaching programs," McNulty said.
"By continuing to seek out opportunities to cooperate with our international
colleagues, we are moving steadily toward our goals of providing our students
with a global education and giving our faculty the opportunity to collaborate
with top researchers all over the world."
For more information about the visit or about the new exchange agreement,
contact David Whipple at CREEES, (319) 335-1439.
CREEES is part of International Programs, which consist of a number
of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects
and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International
Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and
community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.