2009.04.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
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UNO Students to Visit Sibling University in Norway
Omaha - Twenty University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students will visit Norway from May 9 through18 and enjoy an immersion experience that will allow them to learn first-hand about Norwegian society, culture, history, business practices, education and government. The group will also have conversations with local students and key thinkers in Norway.
The University of Agder (UiA) located in Kristiansand, will host the UNO group. UNO students have to contribute their time, interest and the cost of the airfare (about $1,000). All other costs 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, awarded to UiA in partnership with UNO. The grant directors from UiA are Bjørn Erik Munkvold and Carl Erik Moe. On the UNO campus, Deepak Khazanchi and Ilze Zigurs, both faculty members in the College of Information Science & Technology, are the leads.
“The experience these students will have will be amazing,” Khazanchi said. “We know that international travel and education is life-changing.”
The total value of the grant is $260,000 and it includes development of joint courses and certificates, support for 20 study abroad students for a semester in Norway, support for Norwegian students to study at UNO, and travel support for one or two UNO doctoral students and faculty in both directions from the colleges of Education, Public Administration and Community Service and Information Science & Technology.
The students were selected for the trip on a competitive basis. The group includes a number of first generation college students who represent a diverse group of women (14) and men (6). They are also predominantly juniors and represent a wide variety of majors.
During their trip to Norway, the students will visit Kristiansand, 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.
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.”
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
For more information, call (402) 554-3502.
UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes 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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