Date: November 18, 2008
Department: International Exchange & Study Programs
This winter, these 12 UMass Dartmouth students will be traveling to Germany to take part in a 3 week program with two subject tracks to choose from, one being sustainable engineering and the other being German culture. Both groups will take a German language class offered at all levels of proficiency, including no experience with the language. The current Director of International and Exchange Study programs, Heather Makrez, is excited by this great opportunity she is able to present to her students. "With the current economic situation, it is encouraging to know there are still some programs out there that will provide students with the opportunity to achieve that valuable global perspective," Makrez stated.
From the Hessen Winter Program website http://www.uni-kassel.de/iwu/ one can see that "The IWU-program is designed for motivated and qualified Engineering students and students of the humanities. It provides the opportunity to learn more about the German and European perspective of Renewable Energy Sources and to learn the German language or refresh German language skills by participating in an intensive language course.
Associate Dean Tesfay Meressi was an integral part in the promotion of this program to his engineering students. 10 of the 12 students are engineers and they will receive credit for a technical elective while studying in a new culture, with great professors in a very structured and supportive program.
Meressi said "I am glad that many of our students understood the nature of engineering as a global profession and recognized the importance of studying abroad in today's increasingly interdependent world. This is a great opportunity for our students to participate in this potentially life-altering and rewarding experience."
He went on to state that "I am also glad that the engineering departments agreed to accept the "Renewable Energy Sources" course that our students will take in Germany this winter as a transferrable technical elective. This decision was a key factor that contributed to the success of our recruitment effort this year. I wish our students all the best."
Students who are taking part in the program, once they heard about it, could not wait to sign up. The office of International and Exchange Study programs had to create a waiting list because of the great demand and interest in taking part in this international education opportunity.
Engineering student, Steve Boyko stated the following about the IWU he will be taking part in during this winter intercession.
The aspect which drew my interest was the fact that it is an international experience; I think that we are in an ever increasing Global economy which can not be ignored. With this new Global economic age we must share ideas and technology, as our resources are stretched to new limits. Cultural interaction is an important aspect of sharing information as well because it brings more understanding on a personal level.
As a university and international programs office we are excited to be able to bring these opportunities to our students, which help them engage in the global world we ask them to be a part of after graduation.
For more information about international educational programs please contact Heather Makrez (email@example.com) at 508-910-6506 in the Office of International and Exchange Study Programs, Pine Dale Hall Room 7123A.