George Mason’s Higher Education Program to Collaborate with University of Montenegro

Posted: December 1, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

George Mason’s Higher Education Program has received a grant from the Educational Partnerships Program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, to begin a partnership with the University of Montenegro in Montenegro, a small country in southeastern Europe.

The three-year project has two primary goals: to transform the University of Montenegro’s administration and management structure into a centralized system that is both efficient and effective, and reform the University of Montenegro’s existing academic structures and teaching processes to modernize them and make them competitive with universities throughout the world.

The goals are aimed toward ensuring better quality of study, providing full mobility of student transfer, and achieving a higher degree of integration into the European academic community.

“This grant gives the Higher Education Program and its students an opportunity to work with administrative, faculty, curriculum, and community partnerships in the international arena,” says Gail Kettlewell, Higher Education Program director, who will serve as the project administrator for George Mason. “At the same time, it will assist the University of Montenegro with its goals of renewal and greater opportunities for its students for exchanges and transfer to American and European universities.”

The mission of Mason’s Higher Education Program is to develop leaders in undergraduate education who will be prepared to lead their institutions to respond to the changing needs of 21st century students. The unique program is multidisciplinary—19 schools, colleges, and disciplines participate with student advising, course work, internships, and dissertations.

Kettlewell will work with Professor Zarko Mirkovic, vice rector for international relations at the University of Montenegro, who will serve as that university’s administrator for the project. The two will oversee the program’s goals and objectives. Two graduate students from each university will assist the co-administrators.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with the University of Montenegro to bring about educational reforms and develop a new perspective on the importance of the globalization of higher education,” says Kettlewell. “Both universities will benefit from this experience. The University of Montenegro will have new tools to continue expansion, new friends with whom to work, and concrete improvements to its structure and programs. At the same time, George Mason will have an even better higher education program.”

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