Dean David 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 Gitre.
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 university.
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