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At Kazan Federal University, Chancellor Linda P. Brady co-signed an agreement with Rector Ilshat Gafurov to expand UNCG's existing study abroad program to incorporate research collaboration and faculty exchange.
Nanoscience helps UNCG selection for Russian delegation
UNCG was among seven U.S. colleges and universities invited to be a part of a Russian delegation to promote increased partnerships between institutes of higher education. The delegation was organized by the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, which was crafted by presidents Barack Obama and Dimitri Medvedev to improve coordination, share ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration between the two countries. Supported by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State, the purpose of the visit was to discuss opportunities such as educational exchange programs, collaborative research projects, university partnerships and dual-degree programs.
UNCG was selected in part because of its Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering with North Carolina A&T State University, one of only a handful in the nation. An agreement co-signed by Chancellor Brady at Kazan Federal University will create new opportunities for collaborative research involving nanomedicine (drug development, drug delivery methods, diagnostic methods and medical device technology) and nanometrology applications. The agreement will also expand UNCG's existing study abroad program to incorporate two-way faculty and student exchange. Thanks to the ground-laying work of Dr. Kathleen Macfie, who spent a year at Kazan in 1999 on a Fulbright exchange, UNCG has sent 24 students to Kazan for semester-long programs in Russian language and culture since 2004.