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March 2014

UCO Opens "Window to the World" With Mexican University

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UCO President Don Betz looks on as students from Mexico City’s La Salle University perform during the opening of Central’s “Window to the World – Mexico” on Feb. 24 in Central’s Nigh University Center.

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Centre for Global Competency (CGC) opened "Window to the World – Mexico” with Mexico City’s La Salle University on Feb. 24. Central President Donald Betz and La Salle University President Enrique Gonzalez Alvarez were in attendance.

The concept first arrived at Central in 2011 with “Window to the World – France.” Central students had a live look into Groupe Sup de Co La Rochelle, a business college in France, until June 2013.

Like the original partnership with La Rochelle, "Window to the World – Mexico" will allow Central students to interact with La Salle students using a high-definition television, webcam and microphone. The stations will be active on both campuses 24/7, and because Mexico City is in the same time zone as Edmond, the opportunities for interaction will be abundant.

“Window to the World is a unique opportunity to connect students at Central with students at one of our 53 international partner institutions. Many students have access to Skype, FaceTime, and similar technologies, however not everyone has used them, and not everyone knows someone else in another country,” said Brandon Lehman, assistant director of international admissions and intercultural activities at Central.

“Window to the World offers an instant connection to another part of the world. It can provide a mental spark that reminds our students that the world is much smaller than they think, and daily becoming more accessible.”

Central professors from a variety of disciplines, including modern languages, early childhood education, forensic sciences and fine arts and design have already made plans to utilize Central’s “window” to offer students transformative learning opportunities.

The CGC also will encourage student groups with similar interests to introduce themselves, from the respective student newspapers to the Model United Nations. Lehman will work with student organizations to facilitate introductions and encourage collaboration.

Because the Window to the World projects are done only with international partner institutions, Lehman hopes to see an increased awareness among Central students that they could be on the other side of the connection, studying anywhere from Mexico to Malaysia, and similarly, that students from partner institutions will be introduced to study abroad opportunities in the U.S. just by walking past Central's "window."

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