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ASU hosts students from Palestinian territories

August 12, 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.

Mark Luebker,
(480) 727-8269
Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement