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UNR celebrates study program in Thailand
by Tribune Staff
Jun 09, 2011 | 1057 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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RENO — When Carmelo Urza founded the University Studies Abroad Consortium at the University of Nevada, Reno, his goal was to allow university students to study in more nontraditional places abroad, cities not necessarily packed with other American tourists, so that students would truly become immersed in another culture. Through the university and its Basque Studies Program, the consortium first offered a study-abroad experience in San Sebastian, Spain, in the heart of Basque country.

Urza’s 30 years of accomplishments with the consortium that now offers 39 programs in 24 countries and has served students from more than 700 universities will be celebrated in a fitting fashion on Friday. The contract for the newest program in Chiang Mai, Thailand, will be signed at 11 a.m. at the consortium’s central office on the UNR campus, in the Virginia Street Gym, room 5. Urza, UNR President Marc Johnson and Rome Chiranukrom, dean of the faculty of humanities at Chiang Mai University, will sign the contract for the new program.

“The new program in Chiang Mai really goes back to the roots of Carmelo’s philosophy when founding the program,” said Kelly Corrigan, the consortium’s marketing director. “Chiang Mai is much less-traveled than Bangkok and is soaked in local Thai culture and tradition.”

In juxtaposition to Bangkok, the Thai capital with a population of more than 9 million, Chiang Mai’s population is only about 1 million, and it sits on the Ping River in the far north, surrounded by high mountain ranges. The Lonely Planet guidebook listed the city as one of the top-10 places to visit in 2011.

A wide variety of coursework will be offered, including courses in international finance, business management and relations; money and banking; Buddhist philosophy; comparative politics; Thai society and culture, language, civilization and cuisine; and more.

For more information, visit http://usac.unr.edu/.
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