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A Night of Cultural Exchange at the Broad Art Museum

Published: Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017
Author: VIPP
Department: Visiting International Professional Program

On October 24th, VIPP was honored to host two international groups that are normally over 4,000 miles apart. VIPP organized an evening gala at the MSU Broad Art Museum to welcome 14 senior officials from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education and 19 educators from the Hainan Department of Education in China. It was a night where MSU's new vision as a world-grant university came to a reality where three languages – English, Arabic, and Chinese – were spoken simultaneously without being lost in translation. On behalf of MSU, Dr. DeAndra Beck, Associate Dean for Research in ISP (International Studies and Programs), Dr. Xinyu Wu, director of VIPP, and Dr. Mohammad H. Khalil, Director of MSU Muslim Studies, attended the event to welcome delegates. Quality, inclusion, and connectivity are MSU's three core values; it was a great night to celebrate these values where everyone welcomes everyone regardless of language and cultural differences. They were all connected for their passion for education and desire to bring in reforms to the K-12 educational system in their country. 

Saudi Arabian educators and Chinese educators that live 4,000 miles apart got together at MSU's Broad Art Museum. Dr. DeAndra Beck, Associate Dean for Research in International Studies and Programs, Dr. Xinyu Wu, director of VIPP, and Dr. Mohammad H. Khalil, Director of MSU Muslim Studies attended the event to welcome delegates.

The senior officials from Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education were visiting MSU as part of the training programing organized by US Department of State's IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program). During their stay, they took a lecture by faculty at MSU College of Education and visited local schools including Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn and East Lansing High School. The Chinese educators just arrived at MSU and were off to a good start for two-week training organized by VIPP. They will learn about K-12 educational system by taking lectures, and visiting local schools and government agencies. Two representatives from each group expressed their gratitude for VIPP's hospitality and our program offerings. They promised to deliver their learnings back to their country to reform education.

Mr. Abdullah Abdulaziz H Alkhaldi, General Supervisor in the Department of Training and Supervision of Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education provided a gift to Dr. DeAndra Beck

Dr. DeAndra Beck and Dr. Xinyu Wu, director of VIPP, conversed with Saudi Arabian educators at the evening gala. 

Senior officials from Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education were visiting MSU as part of the training programing organized by US Department of State's IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program).

Educators from Hainan Province in China are visiting MSU to learn more about U.S. K-12 educational system. VIPP is honored to host them for the two-week long program.