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The Oklahoma Governor’s International Team has three primary focuses in developing commercial, diplomatic and cultural ties between the Sooner State and partners around the globe. While higher level business and governmental relations form a core part of these relations, the foundations of many international partnerships begin on campus at Oklahoma’s many universities.

Friendships and opportunities to meet those from different cultures and backgrounds are a vital part of developing an international Oklahoma, and there are few better arenas to foster those interactions than in classrooms, dorm rooms and college libraries.

OKGIT member Mark Stansberry’s recent op-ed in The Oklahoman notes the vital role that the state’s regional university system plays in helping develop Oklahoma’s workforce and society. Stansberry, of Edmond, is chairman of The GTD Group and chairman of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

“As the largest four-year university system in the state, RUSO governs six public universities: East Central University in Ada, Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Combined, they enroll more than 40,000 students who come from diverse geographical and economic backgrounds. Many don’t fit the narrow definition of “traditional college student.”

Read Mark Stansberry’s full op-ed at The Oklahoman here.

Enrique Villar-GambettaGiven the vast distances between Oklahoma and Peru, one wouldn’t readily consider academic and professional exchanges between the two to be prominent. Yet that discounts one of Oklahoma’s hardest working honorary consuls, Peru’s Enrique Villar-Gambetta, who recently announced that three Oklahoma-based higher education institutions had been invited to the 2016 International University Fair in Cusco, Peru on November 25-26.

According to Villar-Gambetta, there are only 80 universities invited to the annual event, and the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma were among that select list.

Villar-Gambetta has worked strenuously in recent years to foster closer education ties between Peru and Oklahoma. Currently, Oklahoma City University has a five year exchange program agreement with the South American country for Peruvian students interested in getting a higher education degree there.

The college fair are ample opportunities to finance scholarships through the Peruvian Ministry of Education’s National Scholarship and Education Credit Program under Pronabec, which is also a leading sponsor of the 2016 International University Fair.

To learn more about opportunities with Peru in education and commercial sectors, reach out to Enrique Villar-Gambetta.