Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Seventy-four educators representing 14 academic institutions gathered at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) for the 2016 state meeting of the Arkansas Chapter of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander told the educators in his welcome that UAPB is committed to expanding international studies and opportunities for students. The plenary session featured presentations by two UAPB administrators – Dr. Pamela Moore, associate dean for global engagement, and Dr. Edmund Buckner, interim dean/director, School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS).
Dr. Moore, also head of the Office of International Programs and Studies (OIPS), said that OIPS employs an integrated program strategy for achieving its mission and that this approach enables staff to engage multiple, diverse sectors of the university community and external partners to implement varied international program initiatives.
These integrated program strategies in various stages of development at UAPB are the:
- Peace, Justice and Sustainable Development Initiative (2016);
- UAPB China Initiative (2014); and
- Global River Basin Initiative (2012).
Dr. Buckner discussed the importance of international programs today. He said they are part of the university’s land-grant vision and mission of teaching, research and Extension both locally and beyond.
He said that international programs are a major economic engine for the local economy, not just in the Delta but also in similar places around the world. Similar problems, he said, have similar solutions, and what works here may work elsewhere.
“The United States is great at using the Extension model,” Buckner said, “and UAPB is also great at Extension and outreach. International programs create opportunities for students, faculty and staff both here and internationally.”
Among other topics discussed at the meeting were working with international parents, working with academic advisors for study abroad, effective orientation planning, using social media as a tool for study abroad and international education, timesaving tech tools and innovative approaches to engaging faculty and key stakeholders in global programming.