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|Volume 11 Edition 5: January/February 2012 Emily Holmes, Editor|
Faculty and Staff!
Martinek Travels to the United Kingdom
Martinek’s first visit was to the University of Leicester in Leicester, England. UNCG recently established an exchange agreement with the University of Leicester, so this was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the programs and resources available for potential UNCG exchange students. Martinek was also to meet the University of Leicester students who will be studying at UNCG in the fall.
Martinek then traveled to the University of Plymouth in Plymouth, England. This visit provided Martinek with the opportunity to spend time with a long standing exchange partner and to meet with faculty and staff in various academic departments that had not been previously explored for exchange programs.
The final stop on Martinek’s tour was the University of Wales-Trinity St. David in Carmarthen, Wales. The visit to Trinity St. David came at an excellent time as the university has recently merged with another campus in Lampeter, Wales, and will soon be merging with Swansea Metropolitan University. The merger will greatly expand the academic opportunities for UNCG exchange students as well as for students from Trinity St. David at UNCG.
While in Wales, Martinek also presented at a symposium sponsored by Trinity St. David titled, "Internationalization: Beyond Student Recruitment.” Martinek was among four presenters from the U.S., the UK, and Australia that shared their experiences with internationalization efforts on their campuses. Martinek's session, "Internationalization Through Exchange," highlighted UNCG's internationalization initiatives and efforts and focused primarily on how the development of quality exchange partnerships does more than just provide exchange opportunities for students—that is, it plays a crucial role in creating an ethos and culture of internationalization across the campus.
IPC Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges, Denise Bellamy, was recently accepted into the NAFSA Academy for International Education. The Academy is an intensive training program that prepares participants to take on additional leadership roles in the area of international education and provides extensive networking opportunities. During the 11-month program, participants attend training events, complete written assignments, engage in conference calls, and receive guidance from a professional coach. Each of these activities is aimed at giving participants an overview of the major practice areas within the international education profession and broadening awareness of professional resources.
Bellamy is honored to have been chosen to participate in the Academy. “I am very excited about joining the NAFSA Academy!” says Bellamy. “The Academy will allow me the opportunity to learn more about the innovative leadership and administrative strategies being implemented by international education professionals throughout the nation. The practical and professional knowledge I gain will also help to increase my contributions to the overall international mission and strategic goals of UNCG.” Bellamy also looks forward to the establishing and nurturing new connections that will be helpful for her throughout her professional career.