Summer Travels Recap
UHCL faculty and staff stay busy all year, including summer, when they get an opportunity to build new partnerships and create valuable international learning experiences.
Strengthening Ties and Making New Connections
School of Science and Computer Engineering Dean Zbigniew Czajkiewicz spent two weeks traveling through Thailand and Vietnam meeting with the faculty and administration of several universities to reinforce partnerships or establish new connections between the institutions and UHCL.
His trip began in Thailand, where he met with the deans of both the School of Business and School of Engineering at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, which is the largest university in Thailand. Kasetsart University enjoys a good relationship with UHCL and the talks were centered around ideas for future partnerships and collaborations.
Other stops in Bangkok included King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi and Stamford International University, where Czajkiewicz met with the leaders at each university in the hopes of establishing future partnerships with UHCL.
From there, he moved on to Vietnam, where he had a non-stop week touring universities all over the country. In all, he visited seven universities in Vietnam, including one of the oldest, Hue University (located in Central Vietnam) and Petrovietnam University in Hanoi, which has been open for only two years.
One meeting was with President of the System of Vietnam National University in Hanoi, Phung Xuan Nha, whose position is equivalent to UH System Chancellor Renu Khator. This was an opportunity for him to explore computer engineering opportunities. During the meeting, they began working out details for a formal partnership between the two universities.
Czajkiewicz' last meeting of the trip was with University of Danang President Tran Van Nam, who expressed interest in developing academic programs with UHCL as well as faculty exchange and research, most likely associated with computer science. University of Danang boasts the Danang Software Park, a kind of Silicon Valley of Vietnam, where companies from all over the world come to develop software.
Czajkiewicz believed it was a productive two-week tour and is looking forward to the opportunities these partnerships will mean for students and faculty on an international scale.
Walking the Paths of History
UHCL Associate Professor of Sociology Mike McMullen and 10 university students headed to the Emerald Isle, where they spent 12 days touring Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The trip began in Shannon, in the southwest part of Ireland. From there, the group moved north, touring cities along the east coast, which included a stop at Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone.
History came alive in Dublin as students toured locations significant to the Easter Uprising of 1916. McMullen's Social Conflict and Mediation class had studied the agreement that had been mediated between the Protestants and Catholics during the conflict, and now the students were able to see for themselves the first-hand result of those issues that shape life in modern-day Dublin.
The tour of key landmarks of the Protestant-Catholic conflict moved north to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Students were able to walk Shankill Road, which saw some of the most violent and bloody activity during the on-going unrest between the two sides. Though relatively peaceful today, murals on the houses lining Shankill Road and Falls Road are a reminder of the underlying unrest that continues.
Upon returning to UHCL, the students participated in a five-week summer course to discuss what they had learned and had seen about how the aftermath of the Easter Uprising of 1916 had shaped the day-to-day lives of the two countries.
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