Four-Year Baccalaureate University To Have 10 Students From The Middle East Visit Jan. 30-Feb. 6 In Award-Winning International Exchange Program
RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that a delegation of 10 female students ages 19-25 from Qatar University in Doha, Qatar, accompanied by two chaperones will visit the campus from Monday, Jan. 30 through Monday, Feb. 6, as part of the latter university’s Off-Campus Educational Opportunities and Student Exchange program. The students, who are natives of the Middle East, will live on campus at student dormitories, attend several classes including Social Media and Cultural Anthropology as well as a poetry workshop at the university, and make a presentation to the student body on Thursday, Feb. 2. Other activities slated to occur during the students’ visit are meeting with Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, touring the downtown ABC11 TV studios and visiting the Islamic Association of Raleigh. At least two members of the William Peace University staff will be in attendance at these events to provide assistance as the students experience and learn more about living on campus and working in Wake County.
Qatar University has won the International Education 2012 Best Practice Award for its student exchange program with William Peace University. The award, which will be presented at the 2012 National Association of Student Personnel Administration (NASPA) International Symposium to be held in March in Phoenix, recognizes prominent higher education and student affairs leaders, programs, and initiatives for contributions and impact on inter-cultural and educational exchanges. Al Jazzi Hamad Fetais leads Qatar University’s programs.
This is the fifth year that the two universities have conducted their student exchange programs. Five students and one faculty member from William Peace University visited Qatar from Dec. 12-20, 2011, to help celebrate National Day on Dec. 18, which commemorates the country’s establishment and independence.
"We are honored to have another opportunity to host these guest students for a week in our community, which will allow our students and staff to expand their knowledge and connect more with our global culture," said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. "They will have several opportunities to enjoy some of the unique attractions and businesses that make the Triangle special, as well as participate in scholarly activities. Anyone in the local community who wants more information about these distinguished visitors should feel free to contact us."
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William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.
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