International Venture Teams Take Flight
Students travel to Israel, China, Uganda, and Turkey
NEW YORK, May 17, 2012—This summer, four teams comprised of staff, faculty, alumni, and students of The King’s College will depart New York City for foreign lands as part of the College’s International Ventures Program. The teams, three of which have already departed, are visiting China, Turkey, Israel, and Uganda with the mission of exploring the defining economic, cultural, and religious issues of their region.
During their time abroad, participants in the International Ventures program will give presentations, debate great ideas with international students, and hold discussions on the critical issues facing their respective regions.
David Leedy, Dean of Students at The King’s College, said “International Ventures challenge students to explore the defining issues of the regions they visit. At the same time, students, staff, and alumni engage the key individuals that are shaping the social structure and institutions around them.”
Each International Venture presents a unique opportunity to students to interact with influential individuals around them. The Turkey Venture, for example, is cosponsoring an economics conference with the leading private Turkish university. At the conference, staff, faculty, and students will debate key issues regarding business, prosperity, economic freedom, and the relationship between church and state.
International Ventures also provides an opportunity for faculty to further explore great ideas with their students. Dr. Stephen Salyers, Associate Professor of Communications and Humanities, has traveled with around the world with International Ventures teams. “As a faculty member,” he said, “traveling with current and former students in seven countries has brought the teaching experience full-circle as I learn from them and as we minister together.”
The Uganda and Israel International Ventures teams were the first to depart. The Turkey Venture team departed this week, and the China team leaves in two weeks.
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christian college located in New York City.
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