CWUNewsNewshttps://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/newsen-usCWU Partners with Turkish Universityhttps://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3438Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:42:00<p>CWU students will soon be able to participate in education abroad protrams in Turkey, since OISP has reached an agreement with Hacettepe University in Ankara. The program is initially aimed at education students, but both universities plan for it to grow.</p><p><a href="https://www.nbcrightnow.com/news/cwu-partnership-with-turkey-university/article_0b9f4fb0-a7c7-11e9-8b1d-03053d2af6f6.html" target="_blank">See the full story at KNDO.</a></p><p><a href="https://www.nbcrightnow.com/news/cwu-partnership-with-turkey-university/article_0b9f4fb0-a7c7-11e9-8b1d-03053d2af6f6.html" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/nbcrightnow.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/ca/5ca27a70-a7d3-11e9-a378-27a56cdd4d00/5d2ddace6c007.image.png?resize=1280%2C720" style="width: 640px; height: 360px;"></a></p>CWU to host delegation from partner Turkish university on campushttps://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3437Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:28:54<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/IMG_0011.JPG" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; float: right;">Through a new international partnership agreement, CWU will welcome representatives from <a href="https://www.hacettepe.edu.tr/english/" target="_blank">Hacettepe University</a> of Ankara, Turkey to Ellensburg tomorrow through next Wednesday (July 13-18).</p><p>During their visit, the Hacettepe professors, Arif Altun, computer education and instructional technology; and Ahmet Ilhan Sen and Pinar Koseoglu, mathematics and science education, will meet with President James L. Gaudino and their CWU peers, along with touring campus.</p><p>They will also make a presentation about their university and the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed with CWU allowing for further discussions on potential areas of cooperation.</p><p>“Our goals include enhancing and increasing our internationalization efforts with these types of partnerships,” said Ediz Kaykayoglu, executive director of the <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/oisp-faculty-staff" target="_blank">CWU Office of International Studies and Programs</a>, about the significance of this new partnership. “It’s vital to have faculty and staff exchange opportunities with our partners.”</p><p>Hacettepe University, which enrolls nearly 43,000 students, was ranked as among the top 90 global universities in Asia by U.S. News &amp; World Report. That ranking took into account universities in China, Japan, South Korea and elsewhere throughout the region.</p><p>“Hacettepe University is one of the leading higher education institutes in Turkey,” Kaykayoglu noted. “We really appreciate their commitment and partnership in increasing the quality of our international education activities.”</p><p>The Hacettepe delegation is coming to Ellensburg through a grant from Erasmus+, a European Union program to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.</p><p>Kaykayoglu visited Istanbul, Turkey in April to attend EURIE, the Eurasia Higher Education Summit. He was a co-presenter on a discussion about “The value of international education.”</p><p>“Turkey is viewed as a bridge between east and west,” says Kaykayoglu. “With new developments in the region, in terms of international education, and with Turkey having a large population of university-aged students who are aware of the significance of study abroad, we are working now to align CWU to be a key destination for them.”</p><p>As part of the partnership, three CWU representatives—professors Grace Blum, education, CWU-Des Moines; and Michael Johnson, chair, World Languages and Culture; along with Rick Paradis, associate vice president of University Advancement—will soon travel to Turkey to visit Hacettepe.</p><p>Blum has some previous experience in Turkey, as part of her year-long work in northern Iraq as an education program officer with an international non-governmental organization (NGO).</p><p>“The opportunity piqued my interest because of my background in international education development, particularly in a Middle-Eastern context,” said Blum. “I’m particularly interested in learning about the university, developing relationships, and exploring possible opportunities for our teacher candidates to have an international experience in Turkey.”</p><p>Kaykayoglu added, “Our partnership will continue to grow seeking more joint research, project and grant opportunities.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, <a href="mailto:Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu">Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</a></p><p>July 12, 2019</p></a href="mailto:Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu">CWU to host delegation from partner Turkish university on campushttps://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3436Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:28:54<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/IMG_0011.JPG" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; float: right;">Through a new international partnership agreement, CWU will welcome representatives from <a href="https://www.hacettepe.edu.tr/english/" target="_blank">Hacettepe University</a> of Ankara, Turkey to Ellensburg tomorrow through next Wednesday (July 13-18).</p><p>During their visit, the Hacettepe professors, Arif Altun, computer education and instructional technology; and Ahmet Ilhan Sen and Pinar Koseoglu, mathematics and science education, will meet with President James L. Gaudino and their CWU peers, along with touring campus.</p><p>They will also make a presentation about their university and the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed with CWU allowing for further discussions on potential areas of cooperation.</p><p>“Our goals include enhancing and increasing our internationalization efforts with these types of partnerships,” said Ediz Kaykayoglu, executive director of the <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/oisp-faculty-staff" target="_blank">CWU Office of International Studies and Programs</a>, about the significance of this new partnership. “It’s vital to have faculty and staff exchange opportunities with our partners.”</p><p>Hacettepe University, which enrolls nearly 43,000 students, was ranked as among the top 90 global universities in Asia by U.S. News &amp; World Report. That ranking took into account universities in China, Japan, South Korea and elsewhere throughout the region.</p><p>“Hacettepe University is one of the leading higher education institutes in Turkey,” Kaykayoglu noted. “We really appreciate their commitment and partnership in increasing the quality of our international education activities.”</p><p>The Hacettepe delegation is coming to Ellensburg through a grant from Erasmus+, a European Union program to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.</p><p>Kaykayoglu visited Istanbul, Turkey in April to attend EURIE, the Eurasia Higher Education Summit. He was a co-presenter on a discussion about “The value of international education.”</p><p>“Turkey is viewed as a bridge between east and west,” says Kaykayoglu. “With new developments in the region, in terms of international education, and with Turkey having a large population of university-aged students who are aware of the significance of study abroad, we are working now to align CWU to be a key destination for them.”</p><p>As part of the partnership, three CWU representatives—professors Grace Blum, education, CWU-Des Moines; and Michael Johnson, chair, World Languages and Culture; along with Rick Paradis, associate vice president of University Advancement—will soon travel to Turkey to visit Hacettepe.</p><p>Blum has some previous experience in Turkey, as part of her year-long work in northern Iraq as an education program officer with an international non-governmental organization (NGO).</p><p>“The opportunity piqued my interest because of my background in international education development, particularly in a Middle-Eastern context,” said Blum. “I’m particularly interested in learning about the university, developing relationships, and exploring possible opportunities for our teacher candidates to have an international experience in Turkey.”</p><p>Kaykayoglu added, “Our partnership will continue to grow seeking more joint research, project and grant opportunities.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, <a href="mailto:Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu">Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</a></p><p>July 12, 2019</p></a href="mailto:Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu">CWU to host delegation from partner Turkish university on campushttps://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3435Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:17:43<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/IMG_0011.JPG" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Through a new international partnership agreement, CWU will welcome representatives from <a href="https://www.hacettepe.edu.tr/english/" target="_blank">Hacettepe University</a> of Ankara, Turkey to Ellensburg tomorrow through next Wednesday (July 13-18).</p><p>During their visit, the Hacettepe professors, Arif Altun, computer education and instructional technology; and Ahmet Ilhan Sen and Pinar Koseoglu, mathematics and science education, will meet with President James L. Gaudino and their CWU peers, along with touring campus.</p><p>They will also make a presentation about their university and the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed with CWU allowing for further discussions on potential areas of cooperation.</p><p>“Our goals include enhancing and increasing our internationalization efforts with these types of partnerships,” said Ediz Kaykayoglu, executive director of the CWU Office of International Studies and Programs, about the significance of this new partnership. “It’s vital to have faculty and staff exchange opportunities with our partners.”</p><p>Hacettepe University, which enrolls nearly 43,000 students, was ranked as among the top 90 global universities in Asia by U.S. News &amp; World Report. That ranking took into account universities in China, Japan, South Korea and elsewhere throughout the region.</p><p>“Hacettepe University is one of the leading higher education institutes in Turkey,” Kaykayoglu noted. “We really appreciate their commitment and partnership in increasing the quality of our international education activities.”</p><p>The Hacettepe delegation is coming to Ellensburg through a grant from Erasmus+, a European Union program to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.</p><p>Kaykayoglu visited Istanbul, Turkey in April to attend EURIE, the Eurasia Higher Education Summit. He was a co-presenter on a discussion about “The value of international education.”</p><p>“Turkey is viewed as a bridge between east and west,” says Kaykayoglu. “With new developments in the region, in terms of international education, and with Turkey having a large population of university-aged students who are aware of the significance of study abroad, we are working now to align CWU to be a key destination for them.”</p><p>As part of the partnership, three CWU representatives—professors Grace Blum, education, CWU-Des Moines; and Michael Johnson, chair, World Languages and Culture; along with Rick Paradis, associate vice president of University Advancement—will soon travel to Turkey to visit Hacettepe.</p><p>Blum has some previous experience in Turkey, as part of her year-long work in northern Iraq as an education program officer with an international non-governmental organization (NGO).</p><p>“The opportunity piqued my interest because of my background in international education development, particularly in a Middle-Eastern context,” said Blum. “I’m particularly interested in learning about the university, developing relationships, and exploring possible opportunities for our teacher candidates to have an international experience in Turkey.”</p><p>Kaykayoglu added, “Our partnership will continue to grow seeking more joint research, project and grant opportunities.”</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p>July 12, 2019</p>CWU Students Study Cybersecurity in Spainhttps://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3431Tue, 25 Jun 2019 08:41:56<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/17-Junio-2019%20%28Visita%20grupo%20estudiantes%20Univ%20Central%20Washington%29-01.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 395px;"></p><p>A group of 17 Central Washington University students, led by Robert Lupton, chair of the Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM), and ITAM professor Deborah Wills, recently spent several weeks in Spain studying cybersecurity.</p><p>The group, which stopped in several Spanish cities including Madrid and Leon, participated in instructional classes supplemented by visits to organizations such as the National Cybersecurity Institute, the University of Leon campus, and several companies in the information and communication technology sector.</p><p>To read about their visit (in Spanish): <a href="https://www.unileon.es/noticias/alumnos-de-la-universidad-central-de-washington-mejoran-en-la-ule-sus-conocimientos-de-cibersegurida" target="_blank">https://www.unileon.es/noticias/alumnos-de-la-universidad-central-de-washington-mejoran-en-la-ule-sus-conocimientos-de-cibersegurida</a>.</p><h3>English translation below:</h3><p>The Rector of the University of León welcomed them on this Monday to the program focused on improving their knowledge of Spanish cultureThis morning at the Language Center's main auditorium, Juan Francisco García Marín, Rector of the University of León (ULE), welcomed a group from Central Washington University (CWU).</p><p>The group includes professors Robert A. Lupton and Deborah Wills, accompanying seventeen students who will remain in León until next Tuesday. Their trip to Spain began last week with a full program combining education on topics related to cybersecurity and visits to businesses and organizations. The program will also include a cultural section with tours of different cities and monuments.</p><p>The Rector, who has been accompanied by Adriana Suárez Corona, Director of ULE's International Outreach Area, and representatives from the Economic Development, Training and Employment Institute of León (Ildefe), shared some words with the CWU visitors, reminding them that León is at the forefront in aspects related to technology security. He encouraged them to take advantage of their visit to know and enjoy both the province and city of León.</p><p>The CWU group began their journey through our country in Madrid, and had the opportunity to visit Astorga and the region of La Maragatería, Ponferrada and Las Médulas. Their classes will be supplemented by visits to organizations such as the National Cybersecurity Institute (Incibe), the University of León campus, the technology park, and several companies in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. During their remaining days in León they will visit the capital's main monuments and take a tour of Basque Country, along with other planned trips.</p><h4><strong>Development of the partnership agreement among universities:</strong></h4><p>It is important to remember that the ULE and CWU signed an agreement in June 2017, with the goal of collaborating on issues and activities related to professional development, research, undergraduate and graduate education, and academic exchanges for teachers and students. The possibility was even left open for implementing joint degrees.</p><p>The CWU was founded in 1891 and is a public institution for higher education similar in size to the ULE, very highly regarded for the quality of its teaching. It has a student body of 12,000, distributed among its main Ellensburg campus and six off-site centers: Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Des Moines, Pierce County, Wenatchee and Yakima.</p><p>It offers over 125 undergraduate and master’s degree programs at its College of Arts and Humanities, College of Business, College of Education and Professional Studies, and College of the Sciences.</p><p><br>TEMAS Universidad De León</p></p style="text-align: center;"></br>CWU Representatives Offer Salaam-Alaikum to Alumni, New Students in Saudi Arabiahttps://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3429Mon, 13 May 2019 14:08:56<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/CWU%20delegation%20leading%20disussion%20in%20Saudi%20Arabia.jpg" style="width: 375px; height: 225px; float: right;">Learning is a valued commodity in Saudi Arabia, as primary education through college is open to every citizen there. Even so, many students choose to pursue their higher education outside of the country’s borders. Many come to the United States, including to CWU.</p><p>Nearly 500 Saudi students have attended Central since 2005. Recently, a delegation from the university’s Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) visited Saudi Arabia to reconnect with university alumni and to develop additional ties with the kingdom.&nbsp;</p><p>Matt Britschgi, director of University English as a Second Language (UESL) program; Roslyn Moes, international student advisor; and Stacy Soderstrom, assistant director for International Student and Scholar Services, spent several days last month in Saudi Arabia.</p><p>The CWU team visited:<br>• Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University (<a href="https://www.pmu.edu.sa/" target="_blank">PMU</a>), a private university in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, a major administrative center for the Saudi oil industry. PMU, which opened in 2008, is comprised of the College of Engineering - Civil and Mechanical, and Interior Design; College of Business; and College of Information Technology;</p><p>• King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (<a href="http://www.kfupm.edu.sa/Default.aspx" target="_blank">KFUPM</a>) a public university also in Dhahran. Among Saudi universities, its science, engineering, and business/management programs are considered to be the most highly regarded in the country and throughout the region; and,&nbsp;</p><p>• Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (<a href="http://www.pnu.edu.sa/en/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">PNU</a>), a public women's university, recognized for its leadership in education and the arts and humanities, and the largest women's university in the world, in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.<br>&nbsp;<br>While visiting KFUPM, the CWU team also reconnected with 1989 CWU alumni Pedro Bicchieri and Tyler Thomas, who are English language instructors there. Bicchieri previously served in Ellensburg as an instructor for CWU’s University English as a Second Language and Asia University America Programs.</p><p>“It brought a powerful sense of cross cultural, trans-global connection to me to be able to meet up here in Saudi Arabia with Saudi students that I worked with in Ellensburg in 2014,” he said. “In instances such as this, one is always sublimely reminded of just how small the world can feel.”&nbsp;</p><p>The CWU representatives also made the presentation, “How to navigate the university search in the U.S.; find the best fit for you!” to more than 50 people including high school students, counselors, and graduate students at the EducationUSA office in Dhahran. And they attended the <a href="http://www.ieche.com.sa/english/home" target="_blank">International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education</a>&nbsp;(IECHE) fair in Riyadh, as guests of the Saudi Ministry of Education, which oversees primary, secondary, and higher education.<br><br>Ibrahim Alsadan, an assistant to Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education, said, "We were pleased to have representatives from Central Washington University as our guests at the IECHE conference. We hope their time in Saudi Arabia was fruitful and enjoyable."</p><p><img alt="Some of the attendees at the CWU-hosted Saudi student alumni event" src="https://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/Wildcat%20Pride%20in%20Saudi%20Arabia.jpg" style="width: 375px; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 225px;">CWU also hosted the university’s inaugural Saudi student alumni event, which was attended by 35 Central graduates, and their families. Not only did they get a chance to reminisce about their American alma mater, they saw a video, featuring CWU President James L. Gaudino and Provost Katherine Frank, with current pictures and videos of campus. They also got to test their knowledge in a game if CWU trivia.</p><p>Moes pointed out, “Planning an event sight unseen from across the world was quite a challenge considering time zone differences, currency conversions, and language barriers. But in the end, it was all worth it. It was encouraging to be able to visit with former students in their home country, hear about their successful careers, and meet their families. The best part was witnessing the students reconnect with each other.”<br><br>Among those who attended was Abdulaziz Bin Zuair, who received his bachelor’s degree from CWU along serving as Saudi Student Association president while in Ellensburg.&nbsp;</p><p>"Having the first alumni event in Saudi Arabia after three years of my graduation has been such a wonderful experience. It has brought a lot of memories and it gathered me with many of the Saudi alums that I did not get to see after I got back home. I am very honored to have witnessed this event and I would very much love to see more CWU events happening in Saudi Arabia in the future."</p><p>Another alumnus who attended was Ibrahim Alsaab, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central, while also working as an OISP student employee.</p><p>“After graduating from Central Washington University in 2015, I always thought of visiting central and the lovely town Ellensburg. I never thought Central will come to us in Saudi Arabia. It was great reunion to see Central staff and the alumni in one place. Thank you Central and please do it again.”</p><p>Along with other informal dinners, the CWU delegation met with about 50 alumni throughout their time in Saudi Arabia.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, <a href="mailto:Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu">Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</a></p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href="mailto:Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu">CWU Presents to Education USA Conference in Dharanhttps://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3428Mon, 13 May 2019 14:03:47<p>&nbsp;</p><table style="width: 700px" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0"><tbody><tr><td style="vertical-align: top;">Central Washington University presented to over 50 people including high school students, counselors, and graduate students at EducationUSA Dhahran office. CWU presented on; “How to navigate the university search in the US; find the best fit for you!” The Consul General at the Consulate General of the United States in Dhahran, Rachna Sachdeva Korhonen made an introduction to the students and to CWU.</td><td><p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/images/ISS/EdUSA.jpg" style="width: 289px; height: 150px;"></p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/images/ISS/EdUSA2.jpg" style="width: 289px; height: 125px;"></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p></table style="width: 700px" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0"></td style="vertical-align: top;">CWU Visits Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadhhttps://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3427Mon, 13 May 2019 13:54:14<p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Version>16.00</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG></o:AllowPNG> 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UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="List 5"></w:LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="List Bullet 2"></w:LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="List Bullet 3"></w:LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="List Bullet 4"></w:LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="List Bullet 5"></w:LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="List Number 2"></w:LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="List Number 3"></w:LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="List Number 4"></w:LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="List Number 5"></w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="10" QFormat="true" Name="Title"></w:LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="Closing">CWU Visits King Fahad University of Petroleum and Mineralshttps://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3426Mon, 13 May 2019 13:51:51<p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/images/ISS/KFUPM.jpg" style="width: 203px; height: 152px; float: right;">Three CWU members of the International Office visited King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals on April 7, 2019. They met with two former CWU alumni, Tyler and Pedro, who are now working as English language teachers for KFUPM. They also met with Dr. Nadhir Al Baghli from the International Affairs office to discuss potential of partnership between our two universities.</p>CWU Visits Prince Mohammad University in Dammamhttps://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3425Mon, 13 May 2019 13:50:07<p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/images/ISS/PMU.jpg" style="float: right; width: 240px; height: 190px;">Three CWU members of the International Office visited Prince Mohammad University in Dammam, Saudi Arabia on April 7, 2019. They met with Ms Rania Sinno Director International Affairs, Mr Omar Elmoussa Dean of Student Affairs, and Dr Jamal Nayfeh Dean College of Engineering to discuss areas of mutual interest in developing&nbsp; partnerships between our two schools.</p>