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Jan. 3, 2006
Contact: Alison Watkins, Graduate School & International Programs, (785) 864-4963.

Magazine praises KU's work in international education

LAWRENCE -- International Educator, a magazine specializing in educational exchanges between colleges in America and overseas, praises the University of Kansas in its current issue for KU's commitment to sending students to study outside of America, as well as bringing international students to Kansas.

In an article titled "Home on the Prairie ... And Abroad," the magazine notes "KU ... sends more than 1,000 students to study abroad each year and enrolls 1,650 international students at Lawrence" and points out that one-fourth of KU students spend part of their undergraduate education overseas.

The university's history with the Fulbright program is highlighted as well. KU typically attracts two dozen international Fulbright scholars to study at the university and almost 400 KU students and nearly 300 faculty have received Fulbright fellowships to study and conduct research outside of the United States.

The article states Kansas has the largest chapter of AIESEC, an international student organization that arranges internships worldwide.

Several departments at KU are highlighted for their commitment to internationalism. The School of Engineering went from having no international activity in the late 1980s to sending 20 students a semester to study abroad in 2001. The School of Architecture and Urban Design is noted for sending 10 percent if its majors each year to locations such as Spinocchia, Italy; Berlin, Germany; and Barcelona and Madrid, Spain.

KU's longstanding partnership with the University of Costa Rica is noted as well.

"If you go to Costa Rica, a large percentage of the legislature and several past presidents actually have KU degrees," Elizabeth Anne Kuznesof, professor of history and director of Latin American Studies, is quoted as saying.

The formation of an African studies program and the work of Prasad Gogineni, Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, to study the effect of melting polar ice caps are lauded in International Educator as well.

The article is the latest honor for KU's commitment to internationalism. Chancellor Robert Hemenway was recently one of a small group of higher education leaders invited to attend the U.S. State Department's University Presidents Summit. The summit, held Jan. 5-6, will focus on developing a plan to encourage students to study abroad, as well as encouraging more international students to study in U.S. universities.

This spring, KU was one of only five universities in the United States to receive the 2005 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Since then, KU and China's Ministry of Education signed a memorandum of cooperation to explore establishing a Confucius Institute at KU. The site, which would be the third in the nation, would sponsor community-based Chinese language instruction, support training and development of Chinese language teachers and promote outreach programs on Chinese culture.

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