CECD, ICDD Help Bring Special Visitors to Kansas State Campus
by David Procter
The Center for Engagement and Community Development along with the Office of the Provost and the Office of International Programs hosted a delegation from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) in Puebla, Mexico, September 28-30, 2008.
Eight top-level administrators from UPAEP traveled to Kansas State University for a three-day visit to explore and develop potential collaborations between the two universities. The visit had many highlights. It included a tour of NISTAC — K-State's business incubator, a dialog between K-State Research and Extension and the delegation, and UPAEP Rector, Jose Alfredo Miranda Lopez's participation on the advisory board for K-State's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy.
It also included a productive discussion on encouraging faculty exchanges, especially faculty from the College of Human Ecology and Arts and Sciences, and a discussion with Pat Bosco regarding student services, a commitment to expand collaboration between the two universities on service learning and community development.
Following the delegation's visit to K-State in late October, Susana Valdovinos, director of K-State's office of academic personnel, traveled to UPAEP this November to advance these areas of collaboration.