October 8, 2012
Powers hosted a group of Saudi Arabian educators for a discussion on higher
education. Joining Powers were Associate Dean Kan
Liang and International Studies Professor Carmen
The educators, deans, college professors, and high school
teachers, were on a 3-week tour of schools and colleges in the United States
sponsored by the State Department. They were selected by the State Department as
promising leaders in their respective fields and were guests of the
International Leadership Program.
“The conversation focused on issues
relating to religion and education,” Gitre said.
Saudi Arabia is in the
midst of significant reform of its educational system. The tour offered a look
at the diversity of approaches to American education. Dean Powers and Associate
Dean Liang spoke about Seattle University’s commitment to giving students a
secular education rooted in Jesuit values.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the
largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate
majors, 37 minors, and 7 advanced degrees. In addition to offering degrees in International
Studies, the college administers the Global
Awareness Program, a specialization available to all students in the
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