Federal program brings education officials from six nations to SC State

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Education officials from Oman, Jamaica, Bosnia, Somalia, Cambodia and Afghanistan will visit SC State on Friday, Nov. 9, to exchange ideas with peers as part of a U.S. Department of State initiative.

During their visit, the six officials – participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program – will meet with President Andrew Hugine Jr., interact with student leaders and confer with University officials in the areas of language programs, information technology, international programs, accreditation, university administration and academic administration.

The International Visitor Leadership Program brings participants to the United States from all over the world each year to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience the United States firsthand. The visitors, who are current or potential leaders in government, politics, the media, education, and other fields, are selected by American officials overseas. More than 200 current and former Heads of State, 1,500 cabinet-level ministers and many other distinguished world leaders in government and the private sector have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program.

The International Visitor Leadership Program operates under authority of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hays Act). The emphasis of the program is to increase mutual understanding through communication at the personal and professional levels.