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ASU hosts student group from Palestinian territories


August 07, 2008

On July 28, the Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement  played host to a group of nine students from Palestinian territories who were traveling in the United States as part of “A Project for the Palestinian Territories.” The project is a three-week program focused on American studies  under the auspices of the Department of State’s International  Visitor Leadership Program.The program, designed for students enrolled in classes or programs  that study U.S. policy, history or culture, is intended to  broaden participants’ contextual knowledge and understanding of  the United States, including cultural, social and political aspects.  Students were selected, in cooperation with their professors, for  academic achievement, leadership and the likelihood that their  experience in the program will be useful in academic and professional  pursuits.One student who is studying English-language literature says  his initial impression of ASU was that its focus was entirely science  and technology. He was pleased to discover in the course  of his visit the many opportunities for post-graduate work in his  areas of interest and is now considering coming here.Before arriving at ASU, the group visited universities and organizations  in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington, D.C.

When asked to compare their experiences on the East Coast with the West, the consensus was that the climate here felt more  familiar.