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Student's from Norway and India to Visit Omaha for a Summer Immersion Program

May 25th, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Road to Omaha — Students from UNO’s Partner Universities in Norway and India to Visit Omaha for a Summer Immersion Program Hosted by UNO’s College of Information Science & Technology

           

Twenty nine students, twenty from Norway and nine from India, will be visiting Omaha from June 6th through the 17th, 2010. The students from Norway are from UNO’s sibling university, the University of Agder (UiA – http://www.uia.no) located in beautiful Kristiansand, on the southern tip of Norway. The students from India are from UNO’s newest Indian partner, Sir Padampat Singhania University (SPSU – http://www.spsu.ac.in) located in the “Venice of the East,” the city of Udaipur.  The students will be accompanied by three faculty members from Norway and one from India.

This multilateral immersion experience will expose the visiting students to American society, culture, history and business practices through educational workshops, corporate visits and cultural activities.  More than a dozen UNO students will be volunteering to support the event and provide the visiting students an opportunity to interact in formal and informal settings.  The visit also includes facility tours and face-to-face conversations with top corporate executives from Union Pacific, Gallup, ConAgra and Valmont. In addition, the students will take a field trip through Nebraska and South Dakota, visiting attractions such as the Oregon Trail, Scottsbluff National Monument, Fort Robinson, Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, and the Winnebago Reservation.

This project is partially sponsored by a grant from the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education[i] awarded to UiA in partnership with UNO. The grant directors from UiA are Drs. Bjørn Erik Munkvold and Carl Erik Moe. On the UNO campus, Drs. Deepak Khazanchi and Ilze Zigurs, both of the College of Information Science & Technology, are the leads.

UNO Chancellor Dr. John Christensen, in his letter of support for the collaboration grant, stated that this partnership “is an important part of educating the workforce that will be relevant and prepared for a world that will be greatly interconnected. UNO is committed to sustaining and extending the collaboration with UiA to the next level.”


[i] The official announcement for this grant award is available at http://siu.no/en/Conferences-and-publications/News-archive/2008/12-remarkable-projects-awarded-funding.

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UNO Students to Visit Sibling University in Norway for a Funded Summer Immersion Program

April 22nd, 2009

Press Release

Twenty UNO students will visit Norway from May 9th through the 18th, 2009.

This immersion experience will allow students to learn first-hand about Norwegian society, culture, history, business practices, education, and government, and have conversations with their counterparts and some key thinkers in Norway.  The visit to Norway is hosted by UNO’s sibling university, the University of Agder (UiA) located in beautiful Kristiansand, on the southern tip of Norway.  UNO students have to contribute their time, interest and the cost of the airfare Press Release State Map(approx $1,000). All other costs totaling nearly $2500 per student for local travel, ground transportation, educational workshops, hotels and meals are being underwritten by a grant from the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education[i] awarded to UiA in partnership with UNO. The grant directors from UiA are Drs. Bjørn Erik Munkvold and Carl Erik Moe. On the UNO campus, Drs. Deepak Khazanchi and Ilze Zigurs, both of the College of Information Science & Technology, are the leads. The total value of the grant is approximately $260,000 and it includes development of joint courses and certificates, support for 20 study abroad students for a semester in Norway, and travel support for one to two UNO PhD students and faculty from Education, Public Administration and Information Science & Technology.

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The students were selected for the trip on a competitive basis. The selected student delegation includes a number of first generation college students who represent a diverse group of women (14) and men (6). The students are predominantly juniors and represent a wide variety of majors from the following colleges – six from the College of Information Science & Technology, seven from the College of Education, four from the College of Arts & Science, and one each from the College of Public Administration and Community Affairs, College of Business Administration, and College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.

During their trip to Norway, the students will visit the cities of Kristiansand (home to UiA), Stavanger, and Oslo. While in Norway, the students will experience a range of activities including educational workshops on Norwegian values and culture, eDemocracy and European Integration. The students will also visit monuments and cultural sites such as the Pulpit Rock and the Gestapo museum and participate in a half day of service at local schools.  In addition, the students will visit with corporate/government executives and multinational corporations like Aker Solutions, StatoilHydro and Elkem Solar. On the way to Norway, the students will lay over in Amsterdam for a day and tour the city including visiting the Anne Frank Museum.

The UNO Chancellor John Christensen in his letter of support for this collaboration grant stated that this partnership “is an important part of educating the workforce that will be relevant and prepared for a world that will be greatly interconnected. UNO is committed to sustaining and extending the collaboration with UiA to the next level.”

The UNO students will maintain a daily multimedia live journal/blog of their travels in Norway. Follow their experience at http://norwaytrip09.ist.unomaha.edu

Additional Information on the UNO-UiA Collaboration Grant:

  • Current collaboration project, 2008-2011
    • $260,000, joint grant from Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education
  • Goal to extend already successful collaboration with UiA
    • 2008, Inaugural research workshop in Omaha – 7 UiA and 15 UNO faculty (3 PA, 5 IS&T, 2 Education, and 5 from A&S/ITS/IS&P).
    • 2009, Follow-up research workshop in Norway – 3 IS&T and 3 PA faculty and 2 Education faculty are funded by this project
    • Faculty and PhD students for funded research visits to Norway
  • Develop and deploy joint courses
    • 2009, Graduate seminar on Virtual Teams/Virtual Project Management
    • 2010, Doctoral research seminar
    • Develop graduate certificate in global IT management
    • Norwegian exchange students build global mindset in our classrooms
  • Conduct study abroad and student immersion experiences – cultural and educational
    • 2009-2011 – 20 UNO students are to be funded @ $2,200 to $2,000 per student for a full semester study abroad experience in Norway.
      • Four students are in Norway in the current semester. Two from UiA are visiting Omaha this semester.
    • May 9-19th, 2009, 20 UNO students to visit Norway
    • May 2010, 20 UiA students to visit Omaha

Project Contact Information:

  • UiA – UNO Collaboration Grant Web Site:
  • University of Agder Web Site- http://www.uia.no/en
  • University of Agder (UiA) Project Contacts:
    • Dr. Bjørn Erik Munkvold – (Professor, Department of Information Systems) — +47 38 14 17 72 (Bjørn.E.Munkvold@hia.no)
    • Dr. Carl Erik Moe –   (Department Head, Information Systems) — +47 38 14 17 96 (Carl.E.Moe @uia.no)
  • UNO Project Contacts:
    • Dr. Deepak Khazanchi (Professor of Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of IS&T) – 402-554-2029; khazanchi@unomaha.edu
    • Dr. Ilze Zigurs (Mutual of Omaha Professor and Chair, Department of Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis, College of IS&T) – 402-554-3182 (izigurs@unomaha.edu)
    • UNO Study Abroad Coordinator: Krista Cupich,- 402-554-2293 (kcupich@unomaha.edu)


[i] The official announcement for this grant award is available at http://siu.no/en/Conferences-and-publications/News-articles-2008/12-remarkable-projects-awarded-funding.

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Study Abroad in Norway Opportunities

April 20th, 2009

UNO Students have the opportunity to study abroad in Norway during the Fall 2009 through Spring 2011 semesters.  During the 2010-2011 academic year, students who choose to study abroad at UiA can receive a $2200 stipend for room, books or related expenses!

2010-11 Norway Study Abroad Brochure

What are the benefits of studying at  UiA for a UNO student?

  1. Direct transfer of coursework for UNO degree credit
  2. If you’re on scholarship at UNO (Regents, Scott, etc), the scholarship still counts
  3. Classes available in Computer Science, MIS, Education, Economics, Business, Languages and Puboic Administration. You don’t have to delay finishing your degree while study abroad!
  4. Classes are taught in English
  5. Kristiansand is one of the southernmost cities in Norway, so it’s not as cold as you think!
  6. Get to meet other international students
  7. When else would you go to Norway?!
  8. Norway is a beautiful country!
  9. While you’re abroad, why not check out Sweden, Germany, or Denmark too!

Want to know more?  Talk to Emily Hard in the International Studies office, Dr. Khazanchi or Dr. Zigurs with IS&T, or meet one of the Norwegian students here at UNO!  You could also talk to alumni from the Norway program too.

Student exchange

Experience Norway

April 20th, 2009

Students who are traveling to Norway — click the “Experience Norway” tab on the far right of the menu.  Here you’ll find information that we covered in the meetings, as well as downloads for some of the handouts.  Check back frequently for updates!

Experience Norway