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International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Russian university officials to visit UI Feb. 7-10

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four top administrators from Russian universities will visit the University of Iowa Feb. 7-10 to learn more about American higher education and the roles of university administrators and offices at U.S. colleges and universities. The group is participating in the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program. The Iowa City visit is being arranged by the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).

The administrators visiting the UI are: Sergey Aleksandrovich Groncharov, the vice-rector for academic affairs in the humanities department of Russian State Herzen Pedagogical University; Vladimir Sergeyevich Gryzlov, the rector of Cherepoveta State University;

Lyudmila Mikhaylovna Pastushenko, vice-rector of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy State Pedagogical Institute; and Serve Aleksandrovich Zapryagayev, first vice-rector of Voronezh State University.

While in Iowa City, the Russian university officials will meet with UI administrators as well as representatives from the UI Foundation, the UI Alumni Association, and American College Testing.

The group is interested in the administration and operation of a state university and how to raise funds to make up for shortfalls in government budget appropriations. They chose the UI because they wanted to visit a major state university that combines strong programs in teacher training and educational administration.

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers "serving and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person basis," said Tom Baldridge, the organization's executive director. Every year CIVIC volunteers help arrange programs for 60-100 visitors from around the world. Since its inception in 1985 CIVIC has hosted more than 900 visitors, representing more than 120 different countries.

CIVIC is part of UI International Programs, which consists 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.

For more information about CIVIC programs, contact Baldridge at (319) 335-0351 or Jeanne Cadoret, CIVIC board president, at (319) 644-2746.

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