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Creative Solutions to Reaching a Balance in U.S.-EU Exchange Partnerships

Thursday, June 1
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
LACC, Room 409

Short-term programs provide creative solutions to balance U.S. and EU student exchanges. Benefits will be explained from both the U.S. and EU perspectives, along with tips on mounting attractive programs, which include thematic program construction and articulation, the optimization of logistical and financial issues, and the recruitment of U.S. students.

Learning Objectives:

DeDe Long

Director of Study Abroad and International Exchange
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

DeDe Long
Director of Study Abroad and International Exchange
University of Arkansas

DeDe has more than 30 years of experience in the field of international education at the University of Arkansas, where she has been actively engaged in all facets of the campus internationalization process, including the establishment and maintainence of many agreements of cooperation and reciprocal student exchange agreements with overseas institutions. She established the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange in 1993 and has served as the director since that time. DeDe is an active member of several professional organizations and is has served in a variety of leadership positions in NAFSA related to education abroad, regulatory issues, public policy and governance.


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Wim Hoste

Ghent University

Wim was born in 1977 in Belgium. He studied Educational Sciences at Ghent University and obtained a special degree in Teacher training. He started his career at University College Artevelde. He was head of educational development, international relations and digital learning. In 2013 he moved to Ghent University to become Head of the International training Centre of the Faculty of Bioscience engineering.


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Marie Lummerzheim

International Relations Director

Professional Experience:

2012 - : International Relation Director at Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle Beauvais, Head LINC department Languages, International and Cultures. Graduate school delivering Engineer degrees in Agriculture, Nutrition and Health, and Geology. 1600 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students
• Internationalization of the curriculum both on and off campus; short, semester and degree programs
• Increase international involvement of faculty and staff (through tutoring, curriculum development, expertise, research, etc.)
• Networking with more than 130 universities worldwide.
2011- 2012: International Relation Director at the Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) at ESSEC, Paris. The number one ranked BBA in France.

1996 - 2011: International Relations (IR) Director at Ecole d’Ingénieur de PURPAN, Toulouse, France
Teaching & Research Achievements : EU; its Organizations and policies, Molecular Plant Pathology, Biotechnology, Cultural Differences
Research : “Molecular identification of grapevine trunk diseases”

1990-1996: Researcher in the field of Plant Molecular Genetics,
Specialization: Plant Pathology

1987-1990: Coordinator for the implementation of the Laboratory of Plant Biotechnology (LPB) in the Biotechnology Centre BIO-RIO at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil

1985-1987 : Responsible for the implementation and the coordination of an international Master in Marine Ecology, M.Sc. in Fundamental and Applied Marine Ecology (FAME), at the Flemish University of Brussels, Belgium

1990-1996 Ph.D. in Sciences, University of Ghent, Belgium
Section: Biotechnology Specialization: Molecular Genetics

1983-1985 M.Sc. in Oceanology, University of Liège, Belgium

1981-1983 Licence in Science (Baccalaureate +4 yrs), Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

1978-1981 Candidate in Science, University of Ghent, Belgium

Dutch : Mother tongue
French : Excellent English, Portuguese : Good
Italian,German and Spanish : Good Comprehension


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Curt Rom

Associate Dean, Graduate School, International Education
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

Curt R. Rom is a University Professor at the University of Arkansas. He has been a faculty member with 32 years of tenure track experience and a faculty at the UA since 1989. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at Washington State University, and an instructor at The Ohio State University.

He is the first senior international officer as the initial Associate Dean for International Education within the Graduate School and International Education at the UA. Previously, he served as interim Dean of the UA Honors College, Director of Honors Programs and Studies within the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, and chair of undergraduate programs with in the Horticulture Department. He has served as a faculty leader at the UA as Chair of the Campus Faculty, Chair of Faculty Senate, and Chair of the Campus Council and having served on numerous faculty committees and appointed task forces. He has been widely recognized for teaching, scholarship and leadership both within his institution, and nationally within his academic field and professional societies.

Rom has international experiences having served as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer and guest faculty of the Agripolis, University of Padova, Padova, Italy, and having led student study abroad experiences in Scotland, England, Italy, Belgium, and China. He has been active in international activities through the International Society for Horticultural Sciences. He has hosted several international graduate students and visiting scholars and has traveled extensively. Through the Rotary International programs he was a district co-coordinator of the Rotary Youth Exchange for 3 years and a host family.

He is a graduate of the ESCOP/AECOP Leadership Development Program and the Food Systems Leadership Institute.


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