During Professional Staff Exchange Week, October 1-5, The University of Southern Indiana will host 15 German colleagues from the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Osnabrück (Hochschule Osnabrück in German). The delegation will meet Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, visit USI’s interests in New Harmony, Indiana, learn about higher education trends and meet with other USI colleagues in similar professions.
“We are all looking forward to a rich exchange of ideas, information and best practices, which will no doubt create even stronger ties between our institutions and our communities,” said Heidi Gregori-Gahan, USI associate provost for International Programs and Services. “I cannot think of a better way to kick off a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of our exchange program.”
UAS Osnabrück hosted a similar Professional Staff Exchange Week in 2018, open to all of their university partners, and three USI faculty and administrators were selected to participate including Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, associate professor of health informatics, Rashad Smith, director of Undergraduate Admissions, and Dr. D’Angelo Taylor, assistant director of the USI Multicultural Center.
USI and UAS Osnabrück have had an exchange partnership since 1990. It grew out of the sister city relationship between Evansville and the city of Osnabrück and is one of the University’s longest standing exchange programs with more than 200 American and German students participating since its inception. USI and UAS Osnabrück faculty members have also exchanged places for a semester, most recently Dr. Daria Sevastianova from USI’s Romain College of Business exchanged places with Dr. Johannes Hirata from the UAS Osnabrück College of Business.
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