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Release: Sept. 25, 2002

CIVIC hosts Malaysian visitors in Iowa to examine community college system

Four Malaysian education administrators will visit Iowa City Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 to learn more about the role of the U.S. community college system as well as its structure and curriculum. In early 2001 the Malaysian government implemented a network of community colleges throughout the country.

The visitors, who are hosted by the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) include: Ahmad Abdul Rahim, assistant director, College Community Management Division Ministry of Education, Kuala Lumpur; Che Ku Ali Che Ku Amran, principal Segamat Community College, Johor; Mat Isa Mohd Subri, principal assistant and director, Educational Planning and Research Division Ministry of Education, Kuala Lumpur; and Rashidah Binti Mustapa, principal of Bukit Beruang Community College, Malacca.

These administrators will visit several private and state-institutions, meeting with administrators and faculty to discuss the curriculum as well as many other issues regarding community college system. The visitors will focus on the curriculum of the following fields: electronics and technology, information technology, automotive programs, industrial/manufacturing programs, building industry and construction, interior design, creative multimedia design and production, biotechnology, and hospitality/tourism.

The education administrators also hope to get a better understanding of the role of technology in the educational system, as well as issues of examine assessment, quality assurance and accreditation, and the relationship between industry and the college system. They also want to learn about the philosophy behind the community college system. The visitors will be looking at factors such as how the community colleges market themselves, how they handle out-of-school populations such as high school drop-outs, the system of transferring credits to a four-year college, the relationship between the colleges and the universities, as well as many other issues.

On Monday, Sept. 30, the group will visit the main campus of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids in the morning and the Iowa City campus in the afternoon. On Tuesday, the administrators will meet the University of Iowa's department of continuing education to discuss distance learning.

CIVIC offers residents of eastern Iowa numerous opportunities to become "American Ambassadors" here at home. As CIVIC introduces local citizens to future world leaders and visitors with a wide array of interests, it provides the visitors a view of the rich cultural, educational and economic life of our communities.

CIVIC serves as host to international visitors invited by United States embassies to take part in the International Visitor Program. As a member of the National Council for International Visitors, CIVIC is one of 98 nationwide community organizations that promote intercultural exchange between international leaders, the educational and business community. When a visit includes eastern Iowa, CIVIC arranges for professional consultations and field trips to industrial, scientific, educational and business facilities. Visitors are also invited to participate in the social and cultural life of our communities through home hospitality, sightseeing, cultural and recreational events.

CIVIC is affiliated with International Programs, which is organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of International Programs (IP). IP is comprised of a number offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. These units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and to promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For information on the schedule of the administrators or the CIVIC program, contact Tom Baldridge or Marianne Weiss at (319) 335-0351.