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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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