Savannah State part of delegation traveling this week to Brazil

For immediate release May 7, 2013

Contact: Loretta Heyward, Communications Director, 912-358-3059

SAVANNAH — Savannah State University is one of 15 American colleges and universities participating in an Institute of International Education (IIE) trip to Brazil this week to meet with potential partner campuses and learn more about Brazilian higher education.

Emmanuel Naniuzeyi, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and director of the International Education Center, will represent Savannah State in the IIE delegation, which left May 5 for Sao Paulo and will return to the United States on Friday.  The group will visit public and private institutions of higher education in the cities of Sao Paulo, Campinas, Recife, Salvador and Brasilia and meet with officials from the Fulbright Commission and other international organizations, including Brazil’s Ministry of Education and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development.  The delegation will also participate in high-level policy events, such as a roundtable discussion on U.S.-Brazil partnerships featuring leaders from colleges and universities across the country.

An independent, non-profit organization, IIE has a network of more than 20 offices worldwide and more than 1,000 member institutions.  The institute provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad and conducts policy research and program evaluations.  This trip is part of the organization’s year-long International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) focusing on Brazil.  The IAPP launched in 2009 to help U.S. colleges and universities develop strategic plans for partnering with different countries.

Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s 4,600 students select majors from 25 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges — Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology — and the School of Teacher Education.

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