MOU with Spanish university seeks collaborations with faculty, staff and students

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 11, 2014) - It’s been four years in the making, but a memorandum of…

Georgia (Nov 12, 2014)KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 11, 2014) - It’s been four years in the making, but a memorandum of understanding between a Spanish university and Kennesaw State University has opened the doors to multiple international opportunities for faculty, staff and students, with the first exchange student arriving in the spring.

“And, we’ve already had 14 faculty from the University of Valladolid (UVa), Spain, sign up for a faculty exchange,” said art education professor April Munson. “A KSU student study abroad program is planned for next summer.”

The MOU came about through the joint efforts of Munson; Linda Evans, assistant professor of TESOL in the Bagwell College of Education’s Department of Inclusive Education; and Iván Jorrín, formerly of UVa, who has joined the KSU faculty as an educational researcher. 

UVa and KSU have shared a number of initiatives over the past four years to pave the way for the formal partnership. As one of the original seeds of collaboration between the two institutions, Munson served as part of an international panel for the creation, implementation and evaluation of a new doctoral program in interdisciplinary studies at UVa.

Also in 2011, UVa scholars Jorrín and Eduardo Gomez conducted three seminars on the integrated use of technology in teaching and learning at KSU, and UVa faculty member Charo Castañon traveled to KSU’s School of Music to conduct a six-week research stay. Jorrín joined the KSU faculty this fall as an educational researcher.

“The main goal of the MOU between KSU and UVa is to establish a cooperative agreement for the systematic exchange of academic and professional staff and students engaged in study, instruction, research, publication and other scholarly activities, with the intention of establishing linked degree programs and other mutually beneficial cooperative ventures between the institutions,” said Evans. “If anyone has an idea for an exchange or collaboration with UVa, we want them to bring it to us, and we’ll try to make it happen.”

The University of Valladolid is one of the oldest in Spain, its origins dating back to the end of the 13th century. The first written reference to the university occurs in a document signed by King Sancho IV of Castile in the year 1293. The City of Valladolid is a medium-size city with 300,000 inhabitants, just 55 minutes from Madrid.

The university boasts 35,000 students on four campuses; 2,400 faculty; 1,000 staff; more than 100 undergraduate degrees; 68 post graduate degrees; and 80 doctoral programs.

– By Jennifer Hafer


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