Wednesday, February 19, 2014

John Espey to Russia

Business Division Dean John Espey will be traveling to Russia this spring as part of a Fulbright Scholarship program. He received a grant from the prestigious federal government program to attend a Community College Administrators Seminar. The administrators will examine the Russian higher education system, focusing on reforms in that system and employment collaborations between schools and businesses.

The group will visit Kaliningrad, Moscow, St. Petersburg and one other city, to be announced, for two weeks starting March 30.

“There are no community colleges in Russia, but the type of students and programs we have in community colleges do exist in a variety of settings,” Espey said. “I’ll be preparing materials for presentation that will include topics such as Vol State partnerships with Business and Industry, the TBR System, Tennessee, Sumner County, Nashville and similar topics.”

Espey said the program will also help Vol State expand International Education.

“We shall be seeking the opportunity to develop relationships for continued collaboration with Russian institutions.  I intend to work to build relationships for short term exchange and visitation for faculty and students similar to the existing relationships we at VSCC currently have with Argentina, Guatemala, The Netherlands, Denmark, China, Ireland, Mongolia and the UK.  Also, I’ll be exploring the possibility of establishing a relationship that could support a TnCIS program in Russia, or with Russia, as a part of a TnCIS program with one or two other countries in the Nordic region of Europe. TnCIS is interested in expanding a student travel-study program to this part of the world.”

The Fulbright program pays for the entire trip as part of the grant award.

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