by Russ Warth
Representatives from Pellissippi State,and colleges around the world, are coming together in New York for the 2008 World Congress.
The convention’s purpose is to develop global partnerships in the areas of economics, technical training and the development of faculty and students, said Pellissippi State president Allen Edwards.
Colleges and universities are beginning to recognize the importance of world learning. “The problem has been that many think we are isolated from the world but in reality we are not,” said Edwards. Students need to prepare for a lifetime of learning in the world, not just a job, so international studies are a must, Edwards said.
Edwards said that the congress will consist of notable speakers and presentations from attendees who have had success initiating world learning.
“We were hoping to have 30 participants sign up to present their education ideas,” said Edwards, “but we have received nearly 90 proposals.”
Edwards said that two proposals from Pellissippi State representatives were approved for presentation at the congress.
Associate Professor Cathy Clay will talk about her ongoing student exchange program with France. Milton Grimes, the director of the Tennessee consortium for international studies, will explain how he develops consortiums.
Over 400 people are expected to attend the three-day convention starting on Feb. 18, 2008, said Edwards. The International Association of Colleges,which Edwards is the president,and several other college organizations are sponsoring the event.
Bronx Community College will host the congress at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. To register or get more information go to the congress Web site,http://www.worldcongress2008.com.
Among the guest speakers is Naomi Tutu, the daughter of South African civil rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu.