PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has been awarded scholarships to send up to five students to study at SIAS International University in China. Awarded by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the scholarships were awarded based on a proposal written by Dr. Pamela Moore, director of the Office of International Programs in collaboration with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. The goal of the opportunity is to enhance the access of minority students to the global world of opportunity; increase computer science and STEM participation in international learning experiences by 50% or more within the next one year period; and broaden students’ appreciation of Chinese culture and enable them to develop competencies in Chinese language fluency, cross-cultural interaction, learning and team-building.
Having led the campus in ensuring that undergraduate students participate in international conferences and programs including India, China, Japan, France, Germany, and Turkey, the department is confident that it can continue its trend-setting performance by enabling a cohort of students to graduate with a solid proficiency in Chinese language and culture.
“Through the collaboration with SIAS, UAPB students will have the opportunity to spend a semester rather than merely weeks overseas,” said Dr. Walker. “Such an experience will change the academic and career trajectory of our students forever.”
An independent not-for-profit founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. More information about the organization is available at www.iie.org.
For more information about the partnership, please call (870) 575-8774.