Name of Organization: Metropolitan State College of Denver (Metro State)
Beginning and Ending Dates of Program: September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2013
Proposed Theme: "Building Sustainable Study Abroad Capacity: Aksum University, Ethiopia."
Goal: A.2.a: U.S. Institutions with Substantial Experience Providing Study Abroad
Nature of Activity: Metro State faculty will work with Aksum University (AkU) in developing courses which meet requirements in Teacher Ed.-Social Studies, Anthropology, and Amharic. Focus on AkU faculty development, and enhancing AkU’s ability to serve study abroad students. Funding Level Requested: $381,096
Number and Description of Participants: 15 Metro State undergraduate financial aid students.
Wider Audience: Future Teacher Education students; future students of Metro State faculty; future study abroad students; AkU students; Children in Ethiopia; Denver Sister Cities, and Institute for International Education members, Current pupils and teachers in Denver area.
Geographic Diversity: All Ethiopia; Denver area
Fields Covered: Teacher Education (Social Studies); Anthropology; Amharic Language
Short Term Results: Development of three courses at AkU; Enhanced services at AkU; Student satisfaction; Significant learning; Mutual understanding and appreciation; Community service in Aksum and Denver; Pilot student participation in recruiting/orienting future cohorts.
Long Term: Mutual working relationship; School teachers will influence future generations; College faculty will influence subsequent learners; Participants in both countries will develop relationships which contribute to mutual understanding; Enhanced study abroad capability at Metro State and AkU; Increased study abroad enrollments; Improved international relationship.