On October 22, NOVA’s Office of Global Studies and Programs and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning hosted a reception to welcome the visiting delegation of Virginia Colleges International Exchange (VACIE) Program awardees from the Netherlands along with their NOVA faculty partners. The event was well attended by NOVA faculty and staff who had the opportunity to learn about Dutch culture and the Dutch higher education system.
Out of 11 awards granted by the Virginia Community College System this year, four NOVA faculty and staff were VACIE awardees:
- Karen Bushaw-Newton (AN), Biology
- Breana Bayraktar (WO), English as a Second Language
- Agnes Malicka (AL), English as a Second Language
- Shannon Nieves (CS), Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program
NOVA award recipients hosted their visiting faculty members in their homes for two weeks during October with a reciprocal two-week visit to take place in their partner’s home country in the spring. Information for next year’s program will be announced by email in March 2015.
The VACIE Program is an international faculty exchange program between Virginia community colleges and foreign institutions of higher education involving several countries. The program’s purpose is to foster the exchange of information regarding best practices in higher education, to sharpen the global perspectives of the participants and to promote lasting international friendships and partnerships.