King's Students Travel Abroad to Hone their Education
International Ventures Offer a Chance for Students to Engage with International Students
An education at The King’s College prepares a student for more than a career. Grounded in the key disciplines that shape the world, the King’s education equips a student with a framework of how to think about the world. Indeed, the ideas taught in the classroom are not only relevant in New York City and the United States. They are ideas true for all people and all places.
This is the underlying principle behind International Ventures at The King’s College—strategic projects organized to enable students and faculty members to grapple with political, philosophical, and economic issues in international contexts, and to interact with current and future leaders of nations around the world.
This summer, International Venture teams are heading to Turkey, Bulgaria, and Uganda.
The Black Sea Venture, traveling to Turkey and Bulgaria, includes eight students, two members of the economics faculty, one alumnus, and the Dean of Students. While in Turkey, the team will meet with university students, academic administrators, and governmental leaders in Istanbul and Ankara. Much of the time will be spent participating in economics and business roundtable discussions with students at top tier Turkish universities. Through these structured discussions, King’s students will cultivate friendships with Turkish students, as they grapple together with issues which will shape the future of Turkey, the Middle East, and Europe.
Four members of the Black Sea team will also spend one week in Sofia, Bulgaria, with Dr. Alex Tokarev, Assistant Professor of Economics at The King’s College. Here, students will be presenting free-market economic principles to Bulgarian high school and university students.
The Uganda Venture—consisting of eight students, one faculty member, and two staff members—will spend three weeks in the cities of Kampala and Jinja. While there, they will explore the role of education, arts, and the Church in transforming Ugandan society, as well as participate in an art exchange with students at Makerere University, one of Africa’s premier educational institutions.
Both the Black Sea and the Uganda Venture teams have long-term goals. The King’s College aims to create lasting relationships in both nations. Accordingly, members of the team in Turkey are discussing potential partnerships with Turkish universities for an economics conference to be held in Turkey in 2011, as well as an international exchange program. The Uganda team is pursuing similar opportunities for King’s students in Africa as an extension of our newest academic program: Media, Culture, and the Arts.
The King’s College recognizes that these nations are strategic in their geographic regions. Turkey is a growing democracy and a bridge between the Middle East and Europe, affording a unique opportunity for King’s students to study political and economic institutions. Uganda, having emerged from years of brutal war to become a stable democracy, is striving to address the needs of its largely underprivileged population. The arts, in particular, hold promise for restoration of human dignity and the creation of opportunity, which our location in New York City can help facilitate.
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