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Travel Tips

Catherine J. Fleming, a recent graduate of Florida State University with a degree in international business, spent a semester of her junior year studying in Florence, Italy, and another in a London internship as a senior working for an eastern European travel agency. After graduation last year, she worked as a counselor in FSU’s Study […]

Q&A with Dr. John Ahlen

Dr. John Ahlen is president of the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority, a state agency promoting scientific research, technology development, business innovation, and math, science, and engineering education.
On Arkansas’ Globalization Outlook
By Robin Henson

Why do Arkansas students need a global education?
It’s globalization of the economy. Often people say, ‘I don’t see globalization where I live.’ […]

China Training

By Robin Henson
Virginia Wyeth, Little Rock Central High School English teacher, was among 16 Arkansas teachers who recently spent three weeks in China as part of the Bringing China to Arkansas Program.
After visiting a Heifer Project village near Beijing, Wyeth wrote in her blog: “There were chickens, goats, and pigs and corn and beans. […]

Chancellor’s Message

Astronaut Donald Williams, who flew Discovery and Atlantis space shuttle missions, said that seeing Earth from space changes your perspective. “The things we share in our world,” he said, “are far more valuable than those which divide us.”
At UALR we are committed to providing our students with a global perspective that is both over-arching and […]

From Welder to World-Class Researcher

By Judy Williams

It would have been easy for Tommy Finley to accept life’s circumstances. Instead, he took the hard road, which eventually led him to the international scientific community.
Born and raised in Malvern, Ark., he was one of eight children in a family of modest income. While a good student in public schools, he needed […]

International Exchanges

By Robin Henson
Global research can also be found in efforts organized by the Arkansas International Center (AIC) at UALR.
In July, visitors from seven African countries came to Little Rock with an interest in security and terrorism issues. AIC hosted the visitors and introduced them to professionals working in foreign affairs, police departments, and the National Guard.
The center, […]

Global Numbers

$54 million Amount international students studying at Arkansas colleges and universities contributed to the state’s economy in 2006-2007
$8.1 billion Tuition revenue from online course offerings at U.S. colleges and universities in 2006
1.3 million Americans engaged in some sort of electronic higher education
582,984 International students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities in 2006-07
91% of 2,700 colleges […]

Is America Falling?

America is in substantial danger of losing its economic leadership position and suffering a decline in the standard of living of its citizens because of a looming inability to compete in the global marketplace, according to a report by The National Academies.
The report, “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter […]

An Eye Opener

By Joan I. Duffy
Think studying abroad is for traditional students from top schools on the East and West coasts, with parents who can afford to send pampered prodigy off for a junior year in Florence, Paris, or London?

Meet Elizabeth Thornhill. The 1992 graduate of Pine Bluff High School is the single mother of a 5-year-old […]

Family History Discovered

By Joan I. Duffy

The universal raison d’etre for studying abroad is to expand one’s horizons. But UALR junior Ivy Renfro found herself and her roots during her experiences overseas in 2006.
The Malvern, Ark., native spent a month in Graz, Austria, as a UALR Donaghey Scholar. At the conclusion of the program, Renfro took a side […]