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2008.05.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

College of Business Administration Continues Relationship with Ukraine University

Omaha - The College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) continued its educational relationship with Ukraine this spring when Graham Mitenko traveled there to help develop a co-operative educational agreement between UNO and Cherkasy State Technological University.

This is an extension of an on going relationship that was established by Mary Lynn Reiser and James Dick at UNO’s Center for Economic Education in the mid-1990’s.

Mitenko, a professor in the Department of Finance and Banking, is one of many UNO faculty members who have traveled to Cherkasy State Technological University in Cherkasy, Ukraine. The purpose of the trip was to learn more about the country’s educational needs and opportunities.

While in Ukraine, Mitenko visited universities to discuss how the global economy will impact education and present new opportunities. He also discussed how advanced degrees can protect their graduates from employment uncertainty and also yield increased job satisfaction and earning potential over a working lifetime.

James Dick, professor of Teacher Education, met professors from the Cherkasy region of Ukraine while serving as an instructor in the National Council on Economic Education’s Train the Trainers program for economists and teachers from the former Soviet Bloc in the mid-1990s. In 1998 he was invited to visit Cherkasy State Technological University and other education institutions; in a follow-up trip he participated in a conference in Cherkasy in 1999. During the fall 2000 semester, he had a Fulbright Lectureship in Ukraine which included teaching at the university as well as working with secondary teachers in the Post Diploma Institute.

Dick has also hosted two professors and the Rector (Chancellor) of the Ukrainian University during their visits to UNO and Omaha. During the visit to Omaha representatives from the two schools signed an “Agreement of Affiliation” to promote and sustain an educational partnership. He plans to return to Cherkasy for a conference in the fall of 2008.

Mary Lynn Reiser, associate director of the College of Business Administration, also traveled to Cherkasy, Ukraine, eight years ago as part of a follow-up visit. The Center for Economic Education hosted two sets of visiting teachers from Ukraine in 2000 and 2002 as part of a “Partners in Education” grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Twenty economics and civics teachers toured schools in Omaha, attended seminars on teaching and explored Omaha and UNO over a five-week period. The aim of the project was to enable the teachers to use modern teaching materials and interactive teaching methods when they returned to their schools in Ukraine. The return visit gave Reiser a chance to observe them in their home schools and visit with their fellow teachers.

UNO has welcomed a number of faculty members from Cherkasy State Technological University to better understand the goals and objectives of higher education in America. Cherkasy State Technological University is similar in size to UNO.

For more information, call (402) 554-2762.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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