For Immediate Release
Contact: Diane Weathers, AVP Communications and Marketing
February 27, 2013, Bronx, New York—Bronx Community College President Carole M. Berotte Joseph and Vice President for Student Affairs Athos Brewer were among a group of American community college leaders who recently participated in the International Community College Conference in New Delhi, India. The international conference was held February 6 and 7. The American delegation included representatives from twelve community colleges and delegation leader, Alice Blayne-Allard, Vice President of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and U.S. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine.
The conference was convened to give educators an opportunity to explore and discuss the issues, practices, and challenges of community colleges globally. The strong educational partnership between India and the United States was highlighted, as was the success of America’s community college system.
BCC President Berotte Joseph remarked, “It was an honor to be among the twelve community colleges from the United States—and the only one from the City University of New York system—represented at this international gathering. The conference provided an opportunity to exchange valuable information about the community college model and form new alliances that can help us expand international studies for BCC students, faculty and staff.”
Under Secretary Sonenshine thanked her fellow delegates by saying that their attendance spoke “volumes” and that it showed their commitment to finding answers for “how to provide opportunities for our young people so they can build the skills and knowledge they need to drive our future and to address the major challenges of the 21st century.”
While in New Delhi, BCC President Berotte Joseph and VP Brewer met with leadership from Teri University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Officials from both schools expressed interest in exploring future collaborations with BCC. .
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