Learn about International Summer Leadership Academy March 19

March 18, 2013 | Events, UToday, — Education, Health Science and Human Service
By Casey Cheap

Dr. Snejana Slantcheva-Durst, UT assistant professor of educational foundations and leadership, will talk about the International Summer Leadership Academy Tuesday, March 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in Gillham Hall Room 3100-C.

“It is a rather innovative, unique program,” Slantcheva-Durst said. “It brings leaders of short-cycle higher education institutions and community colleges from different countries together, and prepares them for effective leadership in diverse environments.”

Slantcheva-Durst plans to give an overview of the 2011 and 2012 summer field studies in her talk.

A part of the Higher Education Program, the first International Summer Leadership Academy in 2011 engaged 27 students, administrators and faculty from the United States and Europe in educational initiatives in Washington, D.C., Columbus and throughout Ohio.

In 2012, the group went to Europe for a two-week study trip, visiting Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to gain an understanding of the role of the European Union in national systems of higher education and the short-cycle higher education approaches of the three different countries. The group also visited European colleges and universities and met with political leaders and policymakers.

The 2013 and 2014 group will consist of U.S. and Chinese students who will visit Shanghai, Wuxi, Ningbo and Xiamen, China, for two weeks this summer, and return for the U.S. part of the field study trip in summer 2014.

“There is much to learn from the world around us. A global perspective is indispensable for any higher education leader today,” Slantcheva-Durst said. “We want to expand the global perspective of our students, to broaden their international network, and equip them with knowledge and skills that will make them better leaders.”

The Research Colloquium Series on Teaching and Learning is presented by the Judith Herb College of Education.

For those interested in attending the presentation, contact Revathy Kumar at revathy.kumar@utoledo.edu.

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