Russia, China delegations at ISU this week

October 30 2006

Representatives from St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation in Russia and Liaoning University in China are at Indiana State University this week to strengthen their relationship, and promote inter-cultural understanding and academic sharing.

The St. Petersburg delegation is participating in an academic and cultural exchange with the College of Technology's department of electronics and computer technology all week (Oct. 30 - Nov.3). The exchange will have a mix of academics, such as student and faculty research presentations and industrial tours; and American culture, with excursions to a covered bridge and pioneer village, the Indiana State Museum and Indianapolis Zoo.

"Through this exchange, we are promoting international understanding, cultivating global friendships, and sharing ideas and academic methodology," said Gerald Cockrell professor of electronics and computer technology, who originated the exchange.

ISU and St. Petersburg State University have been participating in this exchange and visiting each other?s campuses since 2002.

Cockrell says the exchange fits in with the College of Technology's outlook that technology is a global field.

"Every field in technology is being pushed into globalization," Cockrell said. "You can't work in a technological area and not have some international exposure. This exchange allows our students to present their research to other students, and to hear what they have discovered and are working on, as well."

The St. Petersburg delegation also is visiting Wabash Valley businesses which specialize in aerospace technology, such as Smiths Aerospace in Terre Haute, and ZF Industries in Paris, Ill.

Liaoning University President Cheng Wei will visit ISU on Nov. 2, and will renew a longstanding agreement between the two universities. Wei and Indiana State President Lloyd W. Benjamin III also will discuss an agenda for Liaoning and ISU partnerships in future projects.

Benjamin and Gaston A. Fernandez, executive director of ISU's International Affairs Center, visited Liaoning in late August, during which the two universities agreed to co-sponsor a U.S.-Chinese business conference. The conference will take place in 2007 at Indianapolis in conjunction with ISU's Networks Financial Institute.

Liaoning is Indiana State's oldest partner in international exchange. The two universities have sponsored more than 20 exchange programs since their relationship began in 1990.

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ST. PETERSBURG DELEGATION MEDIA OPS

TUESDAY (Oct. 31):
-- 9:30 a.m.-noon, Myers Technology Center, Rm. 312
ISU Student/Faculty presentations
-- 1:30 p.m., Myers Technology Center, Rm. 312
Culture and art in Russia, presentation by Russian students

THURSDAY (Nov. 2):
-- Indianapolis
Indianapolis Zoo; Indiana State Museum

FRIDAY (Nov. 3):
-- 9 a.m., Fowler Park Pioneer Village Tour (Meet at covered bridge)
-- 1-4 p.m., Myers Technology Center
Aerospace Simulator demonstration
Automation Seminar
St. Petersburg/ISU Student Paper presentations

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LIAONING DELEGATION MEDIA OP

THURSDAY (Nov. 2)
-- 9-10 a.m., Condit House, ISU campus

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Contact/Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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Representatives from St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation in Russia and Liaoning University in China are at Indiana State University this week to strengthen their relationship, and promote inter-cultural understanding and academic sharing.

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