Auburn Engineering Participates in EU/US Transatlantic Program

Published: Jan 9, 2006 1:58:41 PM
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Auburn University moves center stage in January when it hosts the 2006 European Union/United States Cooperation Program partner's meeting. The purpose of this program is to promote the addition of a student-centered, transatlantic experience to higher education and training in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines. It is a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture.

According to Hulya Kirkici, a faculty member in Auburn University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the EU-U.S. Program is at an important juncture. New funding and new directions will be the topic of discussion at the January 13-15 meeting which will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center. The session is expected to attract educators and professionals from across the U.S.

Leonard Haynes, director of FIPSE; Beth Burris, program coordinator, American Council on Education; William DeLauder, executive director, Abraham Lincoln Commission; and Frank Frankfort, program manager, FIPSE are among the participants that will be speaking at the conference.

In 2005, Kirkici was named primary investigator for a $203,000 EU-U.S. grant to send 15 students from three U.S. universities - Auburn, San Diego State, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock - to Europe for at least one semester. Each will receive a $3,000 scholarship plus $1,500 in language training while abroad. Partner institutions in Europe include Sunderland University in the United Kingdom, Fern University in Germany, and the University of Algarve in Portugal.

To date, one Auburn student, Shashi Becker an Auburn senior in the electrical and computer engineering, has participated in the program; two others will head to Europe this semester. In addition, Auburn's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host two students from Portugal.

"This is a wonderful program designed to enable students to broaden their educational experience," says Kirkici. "It is an honor to receive one of the grants, and to have been asked to host the upcoming meeting and to participate in the discussions. Students must be prepared to work in today's global marketplace. Employers are looking for students who are able to adjust to a variety of cultures. Travel abroad is increasingly becoming a part of the overall educational package."

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