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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 10, 2010) – Representatives of the University of Central Missouri’s International Center recently joined more than 180 advocates for international education from StudyMissouri, a consortium of higher education institutions from across the state, and education advisors from more than 50 countries to celebrate the passage of Concurrent Resolution 31 by the Missouri Senate and the Missouri House of Representatives.
Sen. David Pearce of Missouri’s 31st District and Rep. Denny Hoskins of the 121st District presented the resolution to Joy Stevenson, director of the International Center at UCM, and Robert Stein, Missouri commissioner of higher education, during the StudyMissouri reception. The reception was part of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators annual conference at in Kansas City, Mo., which brought together more than 7,000 international educators from nearly 100 countries.
The resolution, the result of three years of cooperative effort by legislators and international education officials from Missouri, encourages students and faculty to promote international education as a part of curricular and extracurricular life at Missouri’s colleges and universities.
“Gaining a broad perspective of the world and developing cross-cultural skills will help our students prepare themselves for a global workforce, as well as help foster personal enrichment,” Pearce said. “Likewise, we should keep working to make our state an attractive place for international students to come and study. Organizations like the StudyMissouri consortium do a great job of putting our fantastic colleges and universities on the world’s radar.”
“We live in a global world where international education is an economic development tool,” Hoskins said. “Recognition of the importance of international experiences for students is crucial. Living in Germany for several years as a child was a great opportunity for me. I am strongly supportive of efforts to encourage foreign students to experience Missouri and our students studying abroad.”
Stein reminded those present that international study already was a part of the curriculum at many Missouri colleges and universities.
“International study is not just part of the future; it is here now,” he said. “To promote international study is to promote world peace, and we want to make it easy for our students to travel abroad to study, as well as for their counterparts from around the world to come and study in Missouri.”
Learn more about international study programs at UCM by contacting the UCM International Center at 660-543-4195.