Within the next decade the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Global Programs will be recognized among land grant institutions for the depth, diversity and quality of its international engagement. This is the vision that came out of the office’s strategic planning meeting held on June 19 at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia.The Office of Global Programs administrators worked with more than 20 stakeholders from the University of Georgia and other institutions to develop this vision with help from facilitators from the UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership.“I was really pleased with the quality of participation by high-level UGA faculty and administrators as well as external advisors,” said Amrit Bart, director of the Office of Global Programs. “Clearly, ‘internationalization’ and ‘globalization’ of our campus and our state is important in the minds of our stakeholders.”Participants took part in visioning activities and discussions regarding what the Office of Global Programs has done well in the past, what it needs to continue doing and what they need to do to achieve their vision.“The question is not only where do we want the office to go, but also the college,” said Dean J. Scott Angle, of CAES. “We have aspirations to ramp up our global portfolio.”One topic that continually arose was the desire for CAES Global Programs to be recognized as a high quality support system that encourages, facilitates and provides guidance for faculty and student to engage globally.“You want to have an office that helps unify efforts, and offices and people from across the college, things that make it a go-to service,” said Maria Navarro, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication.To this end the office came up with a strategic plan that includes these items:Enhance the quality of international learning through international research, outreach and expanded linkages to reduce institutional obstacles.Increase visibility, advocacy and communication internally and externally.Strengthen the Office of Global Programs and let others know the quality of its support services.Seek additional resources (internally and externally) to meet the increasing demand of Global Programs’ services.“Being able to provide students and faculty the ability to see the world with global perspective is fundamental to higher education of 21st century,” Bart said. “This is intricately linked to university ranking, students landing jobs in internationally competitive markets, and diversifying faculty and students within a university campus. Internationalization of our campus will not happen by wishing; concrete and decisive action need to follow to ensure we are meeting the UGA 2020 strategy on internationalization. Strategic planning of our Global Programs office is one of the critical steps toward improving CAES and UGA’s position among high ranked universities with well established and successful global programs.”For more information about the Office of Global Programs visit www.global.uga.edu.
0Shares0000Russia’s anti-racism inspector Alexei Smertin defended by World Cup hosts over embezzlement probe © AFP/File / Yuri KADOBNOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Apr 24 – Russian football bosses are rallying behind World Cup anti-racism inspector Alexei Smertin in an embezzlement probe unfolding less than two months before kickoff.The scandal surrounding Moscow police club Dynamo brings together two major problems facing Russia ahead of the June 14-July 15 final: monkey chants and corruption. A former Chelsea player, Smertin serves both as the World Cup’s chief anti-discrimination official and Dynamo’s executive director.His second job turned into a poisoned chalice when evidence came to light of 1.6 million euro ($2 million) being stolen from the team by former general director Yevgeny Muravyov.The sums involved are not large when compared to the money splashing around in the bigger European leagues.But they have added to organisers’ headaches as they race against the clock to put on the most expensive World Cup ever staged.Dynamo on Tuesday confirmed that it had submitted financial records linked to Smertin and Muravyov to the interior ministry.The RBK business news site said Muravyov is suspected of wiring the 1.6 million euros to his own shell companies using the cover of two fictitious business deals.Dynamo concedes that the documents authorising the money transfers were signed by Smertin — a charismatic former national team captain who played for English Premier League giants Chelsea in 2003-2006.But it argued on Tuesday that Smertin was forced into approving the transactions by Muravyov.“The information available to (the team) permits us to believe that Smertin was intentionally deceived by, and was carrying out the direct orders of, Dynamo’s former general director,” it said.A Russian football source familiar with the investigation told AFP that police also did not hold Smertin responsible for the wire transfers.The interior ministry has issued no comment and Muravyov has denied being aware of any wrongdoing at Dynamo.“I have no idea what people are talking about,” he told the Sport Express website on Monday.Smertin is responsible for raising awareness about racism in Russian football and cleaning up the domestic game.It is a high-profile role on which world governing body FIFA is placing special emphasis because of racial abuse at Russian matches in the past months.FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia over monkey chants heard during a World Cup warm-up against France in Saint Petersburg in March.And Russian football chiefs on Wednesday will study video of abusive chanting directed at Cape Verdean midfielder Nuno Rocha during a domestic cup semi-final in Moscow.Dynamo are a storied club who were backed by the secret police in the Soviet era but have had financial difficulties in more recent years.They were relegated to Russia’s second division in 2016 and underwent a management overhaul in March.Smertin began his carrier playing for Dynamo’s northern Siberia squad in his native city of Barnaul.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)