February 23, 2015 – MSU Denver’s Aviation and Aerospace Science (AVS) Program got some international attention this past week. A group of educators from countries across the globe visited campus to learn how the program partners with local industry to enhance academic programs and ensure job placement upon graduation.
The 14 distinguished educators, seven of whom toured the AVS facilities, came from countries as far as India, South Africa, Brazil, Vietnam and the Philippines. Many of the delegates have been tasked with developing relationships between higher education and the private sector in their home countries.
“Our department has such long-standing relationships with the aviation and aerospace community, one of the key industries in our state, so it seemed like the perfect program to showcase,” said Cindy Anderson, assistant director of Academic Advising, who helped coordinate the visit.
Anderson worked with StudyColorado, a state initiative dedicated to raising Colorado’s profile as a destination for international students, to bring the delegates to campus. MSU Denver was one stop on their 10-day tour of select higher education institutions across the state.
Their MSU Denver experience included an introduction to the AVS program and an in-depth tour of the unique classroom and lab spaces. They also visited assistant professor Tanya Gatlin’s class and met with an alumna of the program who now works as a pilot for Great Lakes Airlines. Overall, the experience drew rave reviews.
“The program is amazing,” said Montserrat Muñoz David, director of bilateral relations in the Office of International Affairs in Mexico’s Ministry of Public Education. “I am very impressed.”