Delegation from Argentina visits UCA

UCA President Tom Courtway and Jane Ann Williams with delegation from Argentina

UCA President Tom Courtway and Jane Ann Williams with delegation from Argentina

The University of Central Arkansas Office of International Engagement hosted the Argentina Education and Culture Delegation recently.

Members of the delegation arrived on Monday, July 29 and departed on Friday, August 2. Delegation members included:

• Dr. Maria Cristina Camacho – Advisor to the Secretary of Labor and Education. Government of the City of Buenos Aires.

• Dr. Jorge L Pasardi- CEO DNA Magazine, and Founding President of “Fundación Argentina de Jóvenes”.

• Dr. Natalia Nierenberger- General Coordinator of the National Institute of Historical Research “Eva Peron” and Museum “Evita”

• Dr. Marcelo Edgardo De Vincenzi Zemborain- Vice President of Management and Evaluation, Dean of the School of Information Technology, Universidad Abierta Interamericana

The Vice Consul of Argentina in Houston accompanied the delegation for Monday’s activities which included meeting President Tom Courtway and a reception in the Mirror Room at McAlister Hall.

“It is our hope that this visit will help facilitate our future endeavors including faculty exchanges, visiting artists in residence, and increased enrollment of international students,” said Jane Ann Williams, assistant provost and director of international engagement. “We also will plan our International Leadership program for December 2013. This is a special leadership program for Latin American Public Officials, judges, and politicians to exchange ideas about communications, budget, administration, community service, and ethics, in an environment of professional work and networking.”

Williams and the delegation will work together in the future to plan a Computer Science Summer Camp in Buenos Aires for Arkansas and Argentine students. Other topics discussed included a potential exhibit and research presentation of the Museo Eva Peron and the International Leadership Conference.

The visiting delegation gave a presentation to the deans and chairs of the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Business and the Conway Rotary Club where they met Conway Mayor, Tab Townsell. In order to learn more about the cultural opportunities and natural beauty of the state, the delegation also visited Petit Jean State Park and Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, the Clinton Presidential Center and the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Baum Gallery on the UCA campus, and other local sites of interest.

For more information on the Argentinian delegation’s visit, contact J.S. Stansel, international communications and outreach manager, at 501- 852-0069.