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2009.09.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Receives Grant for Student/Faculty Exchange with EU partners

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) is the recipient of a $194,000 ATLANTIS Mobility Grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

The four-year, highly competitive international grant will facilitate student and faculty exchanges between three partners of the University of Nebraska at Omaha -- UW-Eau Claire, Austria's Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) and Germany's Braunschweig University of Technology (TUBS). The two European Union (EU) partners have both been sibling universities of UNO for many years. As a part of this grant, the EU partners will receive a similar amount in Euros from the FIPSE counterpart in the EU. The exchange program will emphasize the vital role of information and communication technology in the world today, focusing on entrepreneurship, global collaboration and global IT project management and research. UNO and UWEC will share the responsibility of recruiting students from both campuses for the EU trips and will also receive the EU students on their campuses. The students will get to choose where they would like to go.

Deepak Khazanchi, professor and associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Information Science & Technology, who is the UNO principal investigator on this grant, said that he is delighted that UNO students will be able to benefit from another extraordinary opportunity to study abroad.

“The neat part of the grant is that students from the two American campuses studying in Austria and Germany will not only pay only local tuition, they will receive a $5,000 stipend for living expenses, which means that approximately $120,000 of the $194,000 will go directly to students,” Khazanchi said. Over the four years of the grant, a total of 48 US and EU students and 18 faculty are expected to participate in the program. A total of 12 students will study abroad per year (six from the EU and six from the US schools - UWEC/UNO).

Additionally, the grant provides some faculty the opportunity to visit students studying abroad as well as giving them an opportunity to run lectures and workshops at the partner schools. The faculty visits will be shorter, generally one week, and are meant to encourage international collaboration among faculty and institutions.

“This innovative program will provide an excellent opportunity to expand and enhance the international experiences for our students and faculty and extend our ongoing relationships with University of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire and the participating EU institutions (Technical University of Braunschweig and Management Center Innsbruck)," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen.

Only 25 schools across the nation received ATLANTIS grants this year, including the State University of New York, Michigan Technological University, UW-Madison, Purdue University, DePaul University, Temple University, and the University of California-Irvine. For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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