WRITER: KENT NGUYEN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 25, 2002
CIVIC hosts Malaysian visitors in Iowa to examine community college system
Four Malaysian education administrators will visit Iowa City Sept. 29 to
Oct. 2 to learn more about the role of the U.S. community college system as
well as its structure and curriculum. In early 2001 the Malaysian government
implemented a network of community colleges throughout the country.
The visitors, who are hosted by the Council for International Visitors to
Iowa Cities (CIVIC) include: Ahmad Abdul Rahim, assistant director, College
Community Management Division Ministry of Education, Kuala Lumpur; Che Ku
Ali Che Ku Amran, principal Segamat Community College, Johor; Mat Isa Mohd
Subri, principal assistant and director, Educational Planning and Research
Division Ministry of Education, Kuala Lumpur; and Rashidah Binti Mustapa,
principal of Bukit Beruang Community College, Malacca.
These administrators will visit several private and state-institutions,
meeting with administrators and faculty to discuss the curriculum as well
as many other issues regarding community college system. The visitors will
focus on the curriculum of the following fields: electronics and technology,
information technology, automotive programs, industrial/manufacturing programs,
building industry and construction, interior design, creative multimedia design
and production, biotechnology, and hospitality/tourism.
The education administrators also hope to get a better understanding of
the role of technology in the educational system, as well as issues of examine
assessment, quality assurance and accreditation, and the relationship between
industry and the college system. They also want to learn about the philosophy
behind the community college system. The visitors will be looking at factors
such as how the community colleges market themselves, how they handle out-of-school
populations such as high school drop-outs, the system of transferring credits
to a four-year college, the relationship between the colleges and the universities,
as well as many other issues.
On Monday, Sept. 30, the group will visit the main campus of Kirkwood Community
College in Cedar Rapids in the morning and the Iowa City campus in the afternoon.
On Tuesday, the administrators will meet the University of Iowa's department
of continuing education to discuss distance learning.
CIVIC offers residents of eastern Iowa numerous opportunities to become
"American Ambassadors" here at home. As CIVIC introduces local citizens
to future world leaders and visitors with a wide array of interests, it provides
the visitors a view of the rich cultural, educational and economic life of
CIVIC serves as host to international visitors invited by United States
embassies to take part in the International Visitor Program. As a member of
the National Council for International Visitors, CIVIC is one of 98 nationwide
community organizations that promote intercultural exchange between international
leaders, the educational and business community. When a visit includes eastern
Iowa, CIVIC arranges for professional consultations and field trips to industrial,
scientific, educational and business facilities. Visitors are also invited
to participate in the social and cultural life of our communities through
home hospitality, sightseeing, cultural and recreational events.
CIVIC is affiliated with International Programs, which is organized under
the associate provost for academic programs and dean of International Programs
(IP). IP is comprised of a number offices, centers, degree programs, academic
programs, research projects and services. These units serve to further internationalize
the campus and the community and to promote global scholarship, research and
For information on the schedule of the administrators or the CIVIC program,
contact Tom Baldridge or Marianne Weiss at (319) 335-0351.