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2010.05.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO to Welcome Students from Sister Universities in Norway, India June 6-17

Omaha - Twenty-nine college students – 20 from Norway and nine from India – will visit Omaha Sunday, June 6 through Thursday, June 17.

The students from Norway are from the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) sister university, the University of Agder (UiA) located in Kristiansand, on the southern tip of Norway. The students from India are from UNO’s newest Indian partner, Sir Padampat Singhania University (SPSU) located in Udaipur. The students will be accompanied by three faculty members from Norway and one from India.

The UNO 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 have volunteered 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. The students will also 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.

The project is partially sponsored 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 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 and Technology, are the leads.

UNO Chancellor Dr. John Christensen, in his letter of support for the collaboration grant, wrote that the 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.”

For more information on the international visit, contact Dr. Deepak Khazanchi at (402) 554-2029.

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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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