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Release: April 9, 2002

International educators visit UI, local community April 11-16

Seven top administrators from universities in Africa, Europe and Latin America will visit the University of Iowa April 11-16 to learn more about American higher education and its changing relationship with other aspects of society. The group will be guests of the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).

The administrators visiting the UI are: Mitiku Balcha, assistant head, faculty of mechanical engineering, Ethiopian Defense University College; Reginald Mwansongela Mushani, registrar, Mzuzu University in Malawi; Beatriz Herrera, administrative vice president, Peru National University of San Marcos; Vladimir Nikolayevich Yegorov, rector, Russina Ivanovo State University; and Isabella Mojibola Emerson-Thomas, assistant registrar, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone; John L. Robertson, school manager, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, United Kingdom; and Wilfred Musarurwa Mukondiwa, registrar, University of Zimbabwe, and part-time in strategic management, Department of Business Studies, Faculty of Commerce, University of Zimbabwe.

While in Iowa City, the visiting university officials will meet with UI administrators as well as talk with students, see classrooms in operation, and visit facilities like libraries, laboratories and resource centers.

On Friday, April 12, the group will meet with Phillip Jones, UI vice president and dean of students at 11 a.m. as well as meet with Derek Willard, associate vice president and special assistant to the president for governmental relations at 1:30 p.m. On Monday, April 15, the group plans to meet with Alan Henkin, professor of educational policy and leadership studies, from noon to 2 p.m. as well as with Jerald Dallam, university registrar, at 3 p.m.

The group is interested in the administration and operation of a state university and how to improve teaching, encourage research, and help groom young staff for future responsibilities. They chose the UI because they wanted to visit a major state university that combines strong programs in teacher training and educational administration. Other teams will visit Austin, Texas; Madison, Wisconsin; and Minneapolis.

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers "serving and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person basis," said Tom Baldridge, the organization's executive director. Every year CIVIC volunteers help arrange programs for 60-100 visitors from around the world. Since its inception in 1985 CIVIC has hosted more than 900 visitors, representing more than 120 different countries.

CIVIC is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

CIVIC also is looking for volunteers to help arrange itineraries of these international visitors. For more information or a complete itinerary, call Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director, at (319) 335-0351 or Jeanne Cadoret, CIVIC board president, at 644-2746. The CIVIC office is in Room 38 of the UI's International Center, located at the south end of Ferson Avenue off of Park Road.