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University of Iowa News Release

July 21, 2006

UI International Students And Scholars Contribute To Seminar

Scholars and administrators from the University of Iowa Office of International Students and Scholars will lend their expertise to a community college seminar hosted by Kirkwood Community College Saturday through Monday, July 22-24, in Cedar Rapids.

The theme for this year's Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) Summer Institute is "Building the Community College's Global Capacity." The event is expected to bring about 70 community college leaders and educators from around the world to the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor to discuss global aspects of teaching, learning and training.

Congressman James Leach will address the attendees in a keynote talk Sunday, July 23. Rep. Leach will be accompanied by the Ambassador to the United States from Thailand. Events will be held at the Cedar Rapids Marriott on Collins Road.

CCID Executive Director John Halder calls the institute a "time of reflection and learning" for two-year college leaders from around the globe.

"There are tremendous things going on with education and innovation in many countries interested in how technicians are trained from U.S. business and industry. Every year we see great ideas and initiatives shared, adapted and reinvented among our 120 member colleges and overseas clients. Our membership stretches across North America and the Caribbean to Europe and Australia. Nearly 30 percent of our members are outside the United States. It will be an engaging and fascinating program for all," Halder said.

"Training in cultural sensitivity is an essential skill required by educators today," he added.

Halder also praised scholars and administrators from the University of Iowa who are taking a leadership training role in the CCID Summer Institute sessions.

"Several workshop presenters are from the University's Office of International Students and Scholars. They have graciously agreed to share their insights as part of the University of Iowa's Year of Public Engagement. They are contributing tremendous value to our programs," Halder said.

CCID is celebrating 30 years as a non-profit corporation of community and technical colleges. While CCID offices are hosted at Kirkwood Community College, the activities engaged in by the membership stretch around the globe. In addition, CCID provides services in a diverse range of activities including student study abroad in the technical programs, faculty development programs and medical evacuation insurance to members.

Complete information on the CCID Summer Institute and other working projects of the organization are available on the Kirkwood Web site at

More information about the UI Office of International Students and Scholars is on the web at

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