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The VCU School of Business International Consulting Program gives students real-life consulting experiences at the University of Córdoba.

universities to collaborate with one another throughout the semester to gain knowledge about key monuments, objects and archaeological sites throughout the region.

the VCU School of Medicine. They credit their experience at UCO with aiding in this acceptance and with continuing to impact their experiences in medical school. “My ability to speak Spanish played a huge role in my acceptance to medical school,” said Williams. “Recently I was assigned to work as an intern for a family medicine clinic with a largely Hispanic population. I spoke Spanish with over half of the patients, and without my experience at UCO, I would not have been able to work in such a diverse environment.” INTERNATIONALIZING THE CURRICULUM A major strength of the VCU-UCO partnership is the unique location of the two universities. Because of its proximity to Washington, D.C. and historic Jamestown, the city of Richmond is a prime


location for UCO students to learn about U.S. history. Equally the city of Córdoba, home to UCO, provides a unique location to learn about the historic heritage and cultural significance of the region. Located in the Andalucía region of southern Spain, Córdoba was a major setting for interaction among Muslims, Jews and Christians during the 15th century, and the rich tradition of art and architecture that developed there provides a window onto a fascinating history of intercultural contact, conflict and collaboration. In 2012, Michael Schreffler, associate professor of art history in the VCU School of the Arts built on the strength of this location and developed an undergraduate course on Islamic art and architecture that allowed students and faculty members from both

“We hoped to accomplish two main goals through this project,” said Schreffler. “We wanted to strengthen ties between VCU and UCO through meaningful engagement among professors, administrators and students at the two institutions, and we sought to provide undergraduate students at VCU and UCO with a rich learning experience that involved conducting and presenting research in a global setting.” The program was hugely successful in achieving these goals. During the 2012-13 academic year, Schreffler collaborated with his counterparts at UCO to develop the syllabus for a course that would be taught on both campuses and a preliminary schedule for the study abroad portion of the program which took place in May 2013. Later that year, in November 2013, Schreffler, Dina Bangdel and Radha Dalal, both faculty on the VCU Qatar campus, met with administrators and art historians from UCO in Palermo, Italy to attend the Fifth Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic art and discuss the next collaboration

Global Connections, issue1vol1  

A magazine created by the Global Education Office featuring stories of how VCU is connecting our students, faculty and staff to the world.

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