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Hobart and William Smith, Union Join Forces for Study Opportunities in Vietnam

GENEVA, N.Y. — The Partnership for Global Education (PGE), comprised of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., and Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., recently announced the receipt of a $192,676 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to enhance the partnership's study-abroad program in Hanoi, Vietnam. Hobart and William Smith Colleges have fielded full academic term programs in Vietnam three times. The PGE will send its first consortial group to Vietnam in Spring 2002.

The grant will be applied toward the following initiatives:
· enhancement of existing faculty expertise on Vietnam
· expansion of the pool of potential faculty directors for this program
· enhancement of pre-program coursework
· creation of an Asian Studies study-abroad “capstone” seminar
· enhancement of Vietnam content in courses across the disciplines
· regularization of on-campus instruction in Vietnamese language
· annualization of the Vietnam study-abroad program
· enhancement of partner college library and instructional resources on Vietnam

Students enrolled in the study-abroad program will participate in a broad range of independent projects to enhance their experience while in Vietnam, such as:
· The Vietnamese Practice of Medicine: East meets West
· Women Professionals: Does Socialism Provide Greater Equality?
· Socioeconomic Development in Vietnam: an Emerging Market
· Une vie vietnamienne
· Ecotourism in Vietnam
· Vietnamese Buddhism and Women Monks
· Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Meeting the Needs of Vietnam's Children through Child Advocacy and Children's Rights

“The commitment to international studies by both Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Union College is demonstrated through on-campus curricula across disciplines and through relevant independent initiatives, as well as through the traditions of study-abroad, modern and classical language instruction, service to international students, and co-curricular activities in support of international studies on our campuses,” Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, said. “This is an important moment in the history of multidisciplinary Asian Studies on both of our campuses, with both programs enjoying the close ties and cross-appointments of faculty and new teaching technologies that are certain to enhance the teaching and learning of all involved.”

Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Union College are recognized national leaders in their commitment to faculty-directed foreign study programs. Last year, roughly 60 percent of all graduating students at Union and at Hobart and William Smith participated in programs off-campus, ranking them among the top 10-15 liberal arts colleges nationally in the number of students studying abroad, and in the top five among colleges directing their own programs of full-term study. Union presently offers terms-abroad programs in 17 different countries and in nine exchange programs. Hobart and William Smith sponsors 22 semesters-abroad programs. For more information, contact Thomas D'Agostino, executive director, PGE, at (315) 781-3784 or tdagostino@hws.edu.