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On November 4th, the School of Public Policy and Administration
(SPPA), currently celebrating its 50th year anniversary, hosted their
annual International Event, giving foreign students the opportunity to
present contemporary public policy issues that are impacting their
native homeland. The presentations provided a global aspect to the
public policy challenges, including socio-economic ones, and revealed
the parallels and disparities to similar issues affecting the U.S.
The schools director, Dr. Maria Aristigueta stated that, The SPPA
International Event dually serves as a platform to highlight the
schools appreciation for diversity and to provide a global sense of
Students, faculty, and staff from SPPA and UD came to learn more
about public policy in Azerbaijan, Colombia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan,
Taiwan, and China. Presenters discussed policy strategies and case
studies on topics related to national security, international conflicts,
privatized higher education, non-profit organizations, English as a
second language, and regional employment strategies.
Lorelly Solano, the graduate assistant who organized
the event, expressed that, The participants were honored that they were
able to share and provide insight to the political and cultural aspects
of their native land. The event creates a welcoming cultural bridge
with those in the SPPA and UD community.
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PhD Student in Disaster Science and Mangement, Juan Camilo Sanchez Gil speaks about Colombia's higher education challenges
Among those who presented included Public Policy undergraduate,
Mengjia Shi; Master of Public Administration students, Rafig Gurbanzada
of Azerbaijan; Gauhar Ospanova of Kazakhstan; Ashari Edi of Indonesia;
Xun Wang, Xi Qiu, and Hongmin, all from China. Ray Chang of Taiwan and
Juan Camilo Sanchez Gil of Colombia, both PhD students in Disaster
Science and Research, rounded out the list of presenters.
The School of Public Policy and Administration has sponsored this event since 2007.