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Reception welcomes Kenyan university visitors

May 2, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University students, faculty and staff are invited to meet two officials from WMU's partner university in Kenya during a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower.

The officials are from Egerton University in Nakuru, Kenya, with which WMU has a transnational education, or TNE, program. They are Vice Chancellor James Tuitoek and Professor Stanley Kagwanja, who directs WMU's TNE program with Egerton.

Their visit, which is the administrator's first, is being hosted by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education at WMU. Tuitoek and Kagwanja are visiting campus to learn more about WMU, solidify the existing collaboration and discuss further avenues of cooperation.

While on campus, they will meet with faculty and staff members as well as tour various facilities. In addition, WMU officials will talk abut the University's interest in fostering faculty exchanges and cooperative research projects.

WMU is a global leader in facilitating TNE programs. Formerly known as "twinning programs," these partnerships allow overseas students to complete the first part of their course work for selected WMU degrees at partner institutions in their home countries, then complete the rest of their course work at WMU or another U.S. higher education institution.

The University currently hosts six TNE programs in Asia and Africa, with the Egerton program being the most recent. At present, 12 students from Egerton are studying at WMU and 39 more are expected to enroll this fall.

Most students taking advantage of the Egerton TNE program are pursuing engineering or business degrees.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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