Volume 12, Number 9 January 7, 2005

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Global Partners project will build on U of S links in developing countries

In development for three years, a new grassroots initiative to help U of S faculty develop closer ties with colleagues in developing countries is now being launched.

Global Partners will provide modest grants to academic units, individual faculty, student groups or staff to undertake projects that build on existing links with colleagues in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Pacific region.

The co-ordinators of Global Partners – College of Arts and Science Internationalization Co-ordinator Bob Stock and Development Officer Bruce Cory – say the idea originated three years ago from former college dean Ken Coates and associate dean Keith Taylor.

“It’s to recognize our relative prosperity as an academic institution and as individual academics, and to see how we can strengthen our ties with institutions and academics in other parts of the world,” Stock says.

“It’s to give a leg-up to our partners overseas,” Stock adds – but he and Cory stress there are also tangible benefits for the U of S. The potential projects, such as visits and lectures by overseas academics, will likely broaden the teaching, learning and research of faculty and students here, and will help the U of S meet its priority to increase its international focus.

The growing fund for Global Partners projects was kicked off with $6,500 in seed money from the Canadian Bureau for International Education, and a quiet fundraising campaign among U of S faculty over the past year or two has raised another $30,000.

Deadline for the first round of proposed projects is Jan. 17, and Stock and Cory say the fund committee will review them by sometime in February and will fund at least one project this year. Project grants will likely be at the $5,000–$7,500 level.

Stock and Cory say many on campus feel strongly about their counterparts in other countries. With its grassroots approach, Global Partners foresees that not only will its main funding come from faculty and other donors, but faculty will also be expected to contribute in-kind or arrange other support to top-up the project grant – for example, billeting the visiting academic.

Stock and Cory say they look forward to creative project proposals, and invite those interested to contact them or get information and an application form on the website at: www.arts.usask.ca/admin/globalpartners/.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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