Sandra M. Mejia

University Affairs Coordinator

Have you heard of Ala-Too International University?  It’s a university in Kyrgyzstan, a country that shares borders with China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.  VIU and Ala-Too have been partners since 2009, and since then, more than 50 students have applied to VIU. Now there are several Ala-Too/VIU alumni in Northern Virginia and in Kyrgyzstan.  Because of our partnership and Ala-Too sending students to study at VIU, their education fund has increased such that they were able to send two faculty members for a ten-day visit to our intimate campus in early April with paid flights and hotel accommodation.

Introducing… Ms. Gulnaz Atabaeva and Ms. Zhibek Orozbekova!

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Sandra M. Mejia

University Affairs Coordinator

Have you ever traveled to nine countries in one day?  I did!  Well, not exactly, but I, Sandra M. Mejia, the University Affairs Coordinator, did visit nine countries’ embassies on May 5th by attending the “Around the World Embassy Tour” in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC!

This weekend over 50 embassies opened their doors to the public for a day of fun, exhibitions, performances, food, and interactive activities.  The area the embassies encompassed was more than just Embassy Row. There were open embassies around Dupont Circle and Van Ness/UDC Metrorail stations.  I was able to visit the following countries: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Kosovo, Malaysia, Panama, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.  It was an amazing experience, and I definitely recommend going with friends because it was fun and a lot of exercise!

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A collaboration meeting took place on January 31, 2018 between the Ukrainian Embassy, Washington D.C. and VIU, Fairfax, VA.

At the meeting, George Dubynskyi, the Embassy of Ukraine to the USA First Secretary, and Official representative of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; Victoria Fedorets, the Academic Coordinator for the School of Education; and Dr. Bilgin, the Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs, discussed the possibilities of the students or official representatives of Ukraine studying at Virginia International University. The 1+1 model of studies per the curriculum mapping, participation in the VIU’s Online Program, professional development courses tailored per the need of the professionals, etc. were the main topics of the discussion. The students would also be able to participate in the courses and utilize the tuition discount should the memorandum between the collaborating universities be signed.

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