Egyptian economists to visit Fort Hays State in U.S. government-supported exchange program
01/31/2008

Dr. Jean Anna Sellers, director of Fort Hays State University's Center for Economic Education, will serve as host to four economists from Egypt who will visit the Hays campus and other Northwest Kansas communities from Feb. 6 to 9.

The Egyptian delegation will come to Kansas as part of the Cooperative Education Exchange Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education in coordination with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"The FHSU center competed with universities from all over the United States and was one of only eight chosen as a host site," Sellers said. "The center hosted three other tours, in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Those previous study tours included guests from Tajikistan, Kyrgystan and the Slovak Republic."

Since 1995, the National Council on Economic Education has conducted the economic education component of the Cooperative Education Exchange Program. Legislation for CEEP grew out of the conviction that economic and civic education are critical to the economic health and political stability of the emerging democracies of the former Soviet Union and eastern and central Europe, and the program now includes partnerships with leaders from Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The program promotes educational reform through training, materials translation and development, study tours, conferences, and other forms of exchange.

As National Council on Economic Education international partners have begun to deliver their own economic education programs, they are creating infrastructures that will sustain their work. Their programs may be part of existing structures such as universities, institutes for recertifying teachers or ministries of education, but in many cases, they are building new nongovernmental organizations in the tradition of similar nonprofit organizations in the United States.

The NCEE is helping these path-breaking efforts by bringing small groups of selected educators from the eligible countries to the United States to see how economic education is delivered here. They and their host will travel to Washington, D.C. after the study tour and meet with representatives of nonprofit organizations and government.

International visitors from Egypt include Amany Hassan, teacher of Commercial Studies & Computer Science at the 15th May Girls Secondary School in Cairo; Khaled Abdel Rahman Soliman Gad, associate professor of Finance and Economics at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, College of Management and Technology, in Alexandria; Ashraf Salah Eldin Ibrahim Saleh, assistant professor of economics at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, College of Management and Technology, in Alexandria; and Yasser Gomaa, teacher of English for the Ministry of Education, Hosni Mubarak Secondary School for Boys, in Alexandria.

After their stay in Hays, which is hosted by FHSU's Center for Economic Education, they will visit the Center for Economic Education at the University of Kansas.

The delegation will arrive on the night of Feb. 5. Highlights of the visit to Hays will include:

Wednesday, Feb. 6
9 a.m. -- Meeting with Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president.
9:30 a.m. -- Reception with the faculty of the FHSU College of Business & Leadership.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. -- Tour of the FHSU campus with Cole Engel, vice president of the Student Government Association.
11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. -- Lunch in the Memorial Union with Engel and business faculty.
12:30 to 1:20 p.m. -- A visit to the Macroeconomics class of Dr. Ralph Gamble, professor of economics and finance.
1:30 to 3 p.m. -- Tour of Hays High School, including a visit to a business class with Suzanne Stark, business teacher.
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- Attend the annual faculty meeting of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems with President Hammond.
5 to 6 p.m. -- Tour of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

Thursday, Feb. 7
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Attend the Regional LifeSmarts Student Competition, hosted by American Century Investments, in the Memorial Union.

Friday, Feb. 8
6 a.m. -- Depart from Hays to conduct Financial Fitness for Kids Economic Education Teacher In-service workshop for Northwest Kansas elementary school teachers in Colby.
2 to 3:30 p.m. -- Tour of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School.
5 to 10 p.m. -- Attend a basketball game at Sylvan Grove High School.

The Egyptian delegation will depart from Hays on Saturday morning to meet their University of Kansas hosts at Abilene.


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