Global Partners Project : A Set of Initiatives to Strengthen
International Study Centers in Central Europe/Russia, Africa, and Turkey
The project included three area centers, each of which operated under the guidance of a task force of faculty from ACM, GLCA and ACS colleges. Among other activities, the centers hosted faculty seminars, sponsored faculty travel grants to the regions, established clearinghouses for faculty opportunities, and created new study abroad opportunities for students. ACM created a Center for Central Europe and Russia at its current program sites at Kuban State University in Krasnodar, Russia and at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. GLCA, Inc. operated a Center for International Studies at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. ACS administered a Center in Turkey to support faculty and students interested in Turkey, as well as neighboring regions.
Faculty Development and Student Study Abroad Opportunities
Global Partners begun its efforts in faculty development and curricular enhancement, and in student study abroad initiatives.
Kenya and East Africa
The first seminar in Africa was entitled "East Africa in Transition: Communities, Cultures and Change" and took place June 26-July 9, 2000 at the University of Nairobi. Twenty-one faculty members from across the three consortia spent two weeks in Kenya in an intellectual and cultural exchange with colleagues from Kenyan colleges and universities. The exchange is resulting in increased visibility and course offerings in African Studies on many of the member campuses.
A second seminar took place in Nairobi in the Summer of 2001.
During June 2000, nine faculty
members (3 from each consortium) attended the seminar "Transformations
in Turkey: Economics, Polity, and Religion." A similar faculty
development seminar is offered for June 2001.
Central Europe and Russia
Faculty at consortial colleges attended the Summer 2001 seminar entitled "Human and Physical Environment of Central Europe." A seminar entitled "Narratives and Boundaries: Transitions in Southern Russia and Its Environs" was offered in Russia in Summer 2002. In addition, travel grants of up to $2400 were available to send faculty to Central Europe or Russia for research and curricular development.
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