Kazakh leaders participating in the Open World Program will spend June 13-22 in Wausau examining innovations in higher education. The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County (UWMC) will host the delegation.
Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress and administered by World Services of La Crosse, Open World is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained first-hand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and free-market system.
While in Wausau, the delegates will study the structure and content of public higher education and two-year colleges, career and technical education in high school, and innovative approaches in learning. Various professional and community site visits are planned for the delegation and include the UWMC campus, Wausau School District, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and a trip to the State Capitol Building and the Office of UW Colleges and Extension in Madison. In addition, homestays will allow the Open World delegates to experience American family life.
The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999 to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Russia. In 2003, Congress made all post-Soviet states eligible for the program. Some 12,000 current and future Eurasian leaders have experienced American civil society and have been exposed to new ideas and practices that they can adapt for use in their own work. Open World currently operates exchanges for political and civic leaders from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
For more information about the Kazakhstan delegation’s upcoming visit to Wausau, contact Keith Montgomery, UWMC’s dean and campus executive officer, at 715-261-6223.