MAILED: Aug. 6, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- One year after the study abroad program in Heredia, Costa Rica, began with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, three administrators from Heredia visited the university to expand the cooperation between the two institutions.
Orlando Pacheco is director of the National University in Heredia. Pacheco and two other administrators from Heredia talked with faculty and staff about expanding institutional cooperation.
"One purpose is to be able to meet faculty involved on this side (of the program)," Pacheco said. "We hope to exchange ideas of curriculum, programs and course content."
The current study abroad program offers the opportunity for 16 undergraduate students to study Latin American studies in Heredia in the fall, said Jean Schoenberg, campus coordinator for the Center of International Education.
"Their focus on their coming here is to improve the current program," Schoenberg said
One topic discussed was possible cooperation on a graduate program in Latin American studies, Pacheco said, adding that the university in Heredia is in contact with more than 300 countries in the world.
"We want to teach the world population," Pacheco said. "We try to widen perspective."
Pacheco is staying three weeks longer than the other administrators in order to assist in revising the study abroad program and to do research as well. This will allow faculty in Heredia to know what is useful for teaching UW-Eau Claire students in the program, he said.
While at UW-Eau Claire, the administrators from Heredia talked to faculty in Latin American studies on a wide range of issues including the study abroad program, faculty exchange and improving cooperation.
"We want to provide information for the students," Pacheco said. "We want to cross-relate their interests from a Latin American perspective."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 6, 1997