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Conference to feature international opportunities

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 08 - October 13, 1994

Virginia Tech faculty members can learn about new opportunities for international academic programs and research on October 19, when the University Outreach and International Programs (UOIP) Division holds a 1:30-5 p.m. conference on "Emerging International Opportunities for Virginia Tech" in 341-345 Squires.

"In the aftermath of the end of the Cold War, the focus and direction of U.S. and international assistance has changed dramatically. New opportunities for different disciplines in different parts of the world have emerged as a result of changes in international security relationships. The October 19 conference will provide faculty members with information on those new opportunities," said Fred Krimgold, the Northern Virginia director for UOIP and conference organizer.

Among the speakers will be William James, deputy chief of the U.S. Information Agency's European Branch, and Diane Willkins, principal of Development Finance International Inc. Neville Beharie, chief economist for the Inter-American Development Bank Programs, is tentatively scheduled to speak.

James will talk about USIA academic programs, while Willkins will explain how access to the international-development market works. Beharie has been asked to discuss the potential for the university to work in collaboration with a regional development bank.

S.K. DeDatta, director of Tech's Office of International Research and Development in UOIP, will review current Virginia Tech initiatives, including major multi-million dollar projects under his management in Albania and Senegal.

"It is important for all faculty members to know what opportunities are available to them on the international front as Virginia Tech expands its international developmental assistance and, consequently, its global visibility," said Patrick R. Liverpool, vice provost for UOIP. Liverpool will serve as moderator of the conference.

For more information, contact Krimgold at 8-4716.