International delegation visits campus to foster academic collaboration, student exchange


A delegation from about a dozen countries visited the 老司机福利网 as part of an initiative to foster collaboration among universities on academic initiatives and student exchange programs.

The visit was coordinated by UL 老司机福利网鈥檚 , which hosted NAFSA: Association of International Educators members who were attending the association鈥檚 conference in New Orleans.

The group, which traveled to campus on Friday by bus at the invitation of the University, included college presidents, consul generals and embassy representatives.

NAFSA, which was founded in 1948, is based in Washington, D.C. Members 鈥 including UL 老司机福利网 鈥 represent more than 170 countries. As a whole, NAFSA members work together to advance policies and practices that support international education and initiatives.

University representatives signed memorandums of understanding with several NAFSA members, paving the way for scholarly and research collaboration and student exchange. Visitors also enjoyed crawfish, jambalaya, and live music from Michael Doucet while on campus.

During a welcome reception, Dr. Joseph Savoie, University president, said the University鈥檚 鈥渟tudents from other parts of the country and the world bring elements of different cultures and a wide range of perspectives to our campus and to our community 鈥 perspectives that inform, that enlighten and that influence.鈥

鈥淢any of those students also bring a high level of scholarship and research expertise to our classrooms and laboratories,鈥 Savoie added.

Dr. Gabriel Carranza, the University鈥檚 executive director of Global Engagement, said being able to host the delegation was 鈥渇ortuitous, because people and institutions can鈥檛 partner with 鈥 or promote 鈥 a place they don鈥檛 know much about.鈥

鈥淗aving influential educators and governmental officials on our campus enables them to promote our University and our programs and our status as a top-tier research university across the globe,鈥 he added.

Earlier last week, a delegation led by Slovakia鈥檚 minister of education visited campus. The delegation toured Ray P. Authement College of Sciences鈥 facilities and laboratories, learning about virtual reality research.

Later this summer, a group of about 15 college students from Slovakia will visit the University to study computer science, said Dr. Azmy Ackleh, dean of the College of Sciences.    

鈥淭hese visits are invaluable, because they open the door for not only sciences-related collaboration, but to grow and evolve our already strong international partnerships in many disciplines and colleges across campus,鈥 Ackleh explained.

The University currently has collaborative partnerships with about 40 universities in 60 countries.Last year, the University joined the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, becoming the first member of the international network of French-speaking universities and research institutions in the United States.

Photo caption: UL 老司机福利网 hosted visitors from about a dozen countries during two events last week to develop academic and student exchange partnerships. A delegation from Slovakia, including Tom谩拧 Drucker, its minister of education, toured Ray P. Authement College of Sciences facilities. Drucker, seated, joined students in learning about virtual reality research on campus. Photo credit: Paul Kieu / 老司机福利网