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USC Upstate Faculty Meet with German, Italian Universities to Expand Exchange Programs

06- 21- 2007

Deryl HopeSpartanburg, S.C. -   Dr. Deryle Hope, associate director of International Studies and Language Services in the Center for International Studies, and Dr. Darrell Parker, dean of the School of Business Administration and Economics, are traveling to Germany June 24-29 to meet with administrators at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal, a university with campuses in Magdeburg and Stendal, Germany.  Afterwards, Dr. Hope will continue on to Milan, Italy, for meetings with the administration of the Italian university Libera Università de Lingue e Comunicazione IULM.  

USC Upstate has had a student exchange agreement with the Hochschule since the late 1990’s, with programs that allow USC Upstate students to attend summer programs in Germany, and German students to spend one or two semesters at USC Upstate.  Hope and Parker will meet with officials on both campuses to propose an expansion of the exchange program that would encourage USC Upstate students to attend the Hochschule during the regular academic year.  They will also discuss possible partnerships with USC Upstate’s School of Business Administration and Economics.  Dr. Michael Jilling, a retired economics professor from USC Upstate, is lecturing in Stendal, Germany this summer and will join Parker and Hope for meetings at the Stendal campus.Darrell Parker

Hope will then travel to Milan June 29 – July 4 to meet with the Italian university officials and discuss an expansion of their exchange agreement, which has been in place since 2003.  To date, only USC Upstate students have traveled to IULM for summer programs in art and art history.  Hope will propose that the program include USC Upstate hosting IULM students and the addition of semester or year-long programs.

Discussions at both universities will include the pending application on a federal EU-Atlantis Grant that the three universities, as well as Greenville Technical College, collaborated to write.  The grant collaboration provides a basis for discussion on expansion or cooperation beyond merely student exchanges towards additional degree options.       

Contact Kathryn McLaughlin in USC Upstate’s Center for International Studies for further information at kmclaughlin@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5675. 

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