UNK enters partnership with American university in Middle East

UNK Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Charlie Bicak meets with a representative from American University of Ras Al Khaimah. (Courtesy Photo)
UNK Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Charlie Bicak meets with President Hassan from American University of Ras Al Khaimah. (Courtesy Photo)

UNK Communications

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney has signed a memorandum of understanding with American University of Ras Al Khaimah.

“So many of the subjects students study today have an international dimension. If you’re studying business, you’ve got to know about international imports and exports. If you study the sciences, scientific discoveries are happening all over the world,” said Michael Stopford, assistant vice chancellor for international affairs at UNK.

“Many professions require some international understanding or experience. We want to make sure UNK students have an opportunity to get this international experience,” added Stopford. “One way we do that is by offering study abroad opportunities and by bringing international students to our campus. It gives students the chance to experience different cultures.”

Ras Al Khaimah is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates – Dubai and Abu Dhabi being the most familiar emirates. The partnership provides exchange opportunities to students and faculty at both institutions.

Stopford said students from the university in Ras Al Khaimah will likely study at UNK in the fall of 2016. A group of up to 15 students will potentially study Recreation, Park and Tourism Management because Ras Al Khaimah is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination.

“In the Middle East there’s been a tremendous interest in American higher education. Governments are interested in giving young citizens a chance to get an American education, often sending students overseas on government scholarships,” Stopford said.

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah offers American-style undergraduate and graduate education in arts and sciences, business and engineering. Students become fluent in English, and instruction is delivered in English.

“This is a time when people are fearful of other cultures. But if you get to know people from other cultures, that can build bridges between cultures,” Stopford said. “Being welcoming improves international and cultural understanding, which is quite necessary today.”


Source: Michael Stopford, 308.865.8246, stopfordmj@unk.edu
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529, giboneys2@unk.edu