2014 Events

February 28 - March 8, 2014 - Open World Russian Delegation

UVU TO HOST RUSSIAN DELEGATION WITH OPEN WORLD LEADERSHIP CENTER PROGRAM



University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Heather Wrigley,(801) 863-8504

From Feb. 28–March 8, Utah Valley University is hosting a delegation of six Russian leaders, who will be in Utah learning more about accountable governance. The delegation is part of the Open World Program. Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level.

The delegates will meet with state representatives and senators, as well as with the mayors and city councils of Orem, Provo and Lehi.

While at UVU, the delegation will discuss political parties at the national and local levels and the role of public opinion with associate professor of political science Jay DeSart. The delegation will also speak to UVU political science, peace and justice, and constitutional studies classes which will be facilitated by Baktybek Andrisaev, history and political science lecturer.

“This delegation of key decision makers will have great influence among their peers while allowing our students and faculty to engage with them," said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU International Affairs & Diplomacy.

The delegates will stay in the homes of local residents so they can experience American family life. They will also take part in several cultural and community activities.

The Open World Leadership Center has awarded a grant to Family Health International 360 to administer this and similar exchanges in 2014. The Open World Program is a unique, nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress designed to build mutual understanding between the United States and Eurasia. More than 18,000 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 U.S. states since the program's inception in 1999. Delegates range from members of parliament to mayors, from innovative nonprofit directors to experienced journalists and from political party activists to regional

administrators.http://www.openworld.gov/

Open World-Russia

Open World delegates visit the State Capital.

Orem City Fire, Police, and Emergency Services

Orem City Fire, Police, and Emergency Services

Tour of Utah Olympic Park

Tour of Utah Olympic Park

Delegates with host families and UVU staffs

Russian delegates with their host families and UVU staff

April 18, 2014 - Nguyen Ba Hung,
Consul General of Vietnam in San Francisco

Vietnam
Nguyen Ba Hung

CONSUL GENERAL OF VIETNAM TO LECTURE AT UVU

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton

Written by: Heather Wrigley

Utah Valley University is pleased to host His Excellency Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung, consul general of Vietnam in San Francisco, who will discuss “Vietnam: Emerging from its Warn Torn Past into a Dynamic Country” on April 18 at 10 a.m. in Sorensen Student Center, room 213a.

“Vietnam has experienced an ever-increasing level of prosperity since the devastation of the Vietnam War,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, which is sponsoring the event. “The country’s emergence into a regional power in economics and leadership is very compelling and will be of great interest to our students.”

Prior to his appointment to San Francisco, Nguyen was director general of the Americas Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam and counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

He has also headed Vietnam’s Office for Seeking Missing Persons, which searches for American missing servicemen in the Vietnam War. Nguyen has a master’s degree in international public policy from John Hopkins University, was a fellow at Georgetown University and studied international public law at the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands.

Click here for more information on Consul General Nguyen and his country of Vietnam.

Nguyen Ba Hung with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Consul General Nguyen Ba Hung with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Meeting with Governor Gary Herbert and Franz Kolb

Consul General Nguyen Ba Hung meeting with Governor Gary Herbert and Franz Kolb (GOED)

CG with UVU Students from Vietnam

His Excellency Nguyen Ba Hung and Consul Viet Nguyen with UVU Students from Vietnam

May 16, 2014 - Shri N. Parthasarathi,
Consul General of India in San Francisco

India
Shri N Parthasarathi

CONSUL GENERAL OF INDIA TO LECTURE AT UVU

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson


Consul General of India, Shri N Parthasarathi, will address the challenges and opportunities between India and the United States when he speaks at Utah Valley University May 16 at 10 a.m. in the Library Timpanogos Room.

Parthasarathi has been serving as the Consul General of India in San Francisco since October 2011. Prior to that, he was Ambassador of India to Senegal from 2008 to 2011 and the Ambassador of India to the Republic of South Korea from 2005 to 2008. He was also concurrently accredited as Ambassador of India to Mali, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde islands, as well as High Commissioner of India to the Republic of the Gambia.

Parthasarathi joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981 and has served as a diplomat in countries throughout the world, including in Belgium, Senegal, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and Syria. He has also served in different capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) in New Delhi.

He has published two books: “The Reluctant Assassin,” a fictional thriller, and “Bi Dan Hwang Hoo” (Silk Empress), a fictional novel linking the ancient history of India and Korea.

His visit to the University is part of a series of lectures by ambassadors to the U.N. hosted by UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, which actively supports UVU’s global engagement efforts by advancing UVU’s presence and prestige in the International community. The office also has as its goals helping UVU students become globally competent graduates and promoting cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community.

Click here for more information on Consul General Parthasarathi and his country of India.

Parthasarathi at WTC & visiting Lt. Governor Cox

H.E. Parthasarathi with Elizabeth Gorynova from World Trade Center Utah & visiting Lt. Governor Cox

Parthasarathi with UVU Students

Ambassador Parthasarathi after his lecture with UVU Students

Dead Horse Point in Southern Utah

Ambassador Parthasarathi, his wife and Consul Jha at Dead Horse Point in Southern Utah

2013 Events

December 2, 2013 - Charles T. Ntwaagae,
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of
the Republic of Botswana to the United Nations

Botswana Charles T. Ntwaagae

AMBASSADOR OF BOTSWANA TO THE U.N. TO LECTURE AT UVU

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Megan Laurie

United Nations Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Botswana H.E. Charles T. Ntwaagae will address UVU students, faculty, staff and the general public Monday, December 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center, room 213b. Ntwaagae will discuss Botswana and its role at the United Nations.

“Although since its independence in 1966, Botswana has had one of the fastest per capita income growth rates and has Africa’s fourth highest gross national income, it faces many challenges,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Water and several serious environmental issues continue to be a problem for this southern African country. We are honored to host Ambassador Ntwaagae at UVU and hear him explain his country and its multi-national challenges.”

Charles Ntwaagae was appointed to his current post in 2008. Prior to this appointment he served as permanent representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva with simultaneous accreditation to Austria and the World Trade Organization, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency and several other UN agencies.

Previously, Ambassador Ntwaagae served as a district commissioner and executive director of the National Environment Secretariat. He also served as the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Within the fields of multilateral diplomacy and sustainable development, Ambassador Ntwaagae has participated in a wide array of ministerial conferences and summits of regional and international bodies such as the Southern African Development Community, African Union-United Nations, the Commonwealth, the Non-Aligned Movement, the U.S.-Africa Ministerial, the France-Africa Summit, and the Group of 77 and China.

Ntwaagae has a master’s degree from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Botswana and Swaziland. He is also a fellow of the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund. He is married and has three children.

Click here for more information on Ambassador Ntwaagae and his country of Botswana.

Ambassador with African students

Ambassador Ntwaagae with African students

 Tour of Temple Square

Ambassador Ntwaagae on a tour of Temple Square

Ambassador at WTC

Ambassador Ntwaagae with Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, Elizabeth Goryunova (WTC), and Brent Heimburger (GOED)

November 15, 2013 - Ambassador El Husseini Abdelwahab,
Consul General of Egypt in Los Angeles

Egypt
El Husseini Abdelwahab

CONSUL GENERAL OF EGYPT TO LECTURE AT UVU

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Layton Shumway

His Excellency El Husseini Adelwahab, Consul General of Egypt in Los Angeles, will speak to the UVU community on Friday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. at Center Stage in the Sorensen Student Center. Adelwahab will address the current challenges and recent developments in his home nation of Egypt.

“Recent events in Egypt have been at the forefront of the news as that nation evolves and struggles to find its place in the 21st century,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU International Affairs & Diplomacy. “From the earliest history of its founding to the present day, Egypt has arrested the attention of historians, political scientists, foreign policy experts, archaeologists and everyone with a natural curiosity in humankind’s evolution. Ambassador Adelwahab will address the profound changes his country is experiencing.”

Adelwahab earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ain Shams University in 1976 and a master’s degree in international relations from San Francisco State University in 2000. He has served in the Arab League, the African Department, the Diplomatic and Consular Corps Department, and he was the director of the Egyptian Building Fund Authority in 2006.

Adelwahab has also served as General Consul of Egypt in Chicago and Houston. He is married with one daughter and two sons.

Click here for more information on Ambassador Adelwahab and his country of Egypt.

Ambassador visit at UVU

Ambassador Adelwahab visit at UVU

Lecture

Ambassador El Husseini Abdelwahab lecturing at Utah Valley University

Ambassador Meets LDS church leader, President Dieter Uchtdorf

Ambassador Abdelwahab visits with LDS church leader, President Dieter Uchtdorf

October 14, 2013 - Igor Munteanu,
Ambassador of Moldova to the US & Canada

Moldovan Igor Munteanu

AMBASSADOR OF MOLDOVA TO THE U.S & CANADA TO LECTURE AT UVU

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Megan Laurie

His Excellency Igor Munteanu, ambassador from Moldova to the United States and Canada, will speak to community members and UVU students Monday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center, room 213a. Munteanu will address "Protracted Conflicts in the Ex-Soviet Space: How Moldova Deals with Its Politicized Regionalism."

"Moldova is a former Soviet nation which attracts great interest of both Russia and the EU, but for different reasons," said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU International Affairs & Diplomacy. "The latter sees it as a kind of buffer state with former Soviet states and the former views it as an important ally on the east adjacent to the EU. The future of this highly charged region and the conflicts it engenders will be the subject of the ambassador's address to the UVU community."

Munteanu, a political analyst and journalist, has served as Moldova's ambassador to the U.S. since August 2010. Born Aug. 10, 1965, in Costuleni, a commune in Ungheni district, Moldova, Munteanu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism from Moldova State University (1989). He earned his master's degree in political analysis and administration in 1992 from Romania's National School of Political and Administrative Studies and his law degree in 2002 from Free International University of Moldova.

From 1992 to 1994, Munteanu served as an adviser to the Office of the President of Moldova. In 1993, he helped found one of Moldova's first think tanks, the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) Viitorul. Three years later, he became executive director of IDIS Viitorul and served in this capacity until 2010. Munteanu also served as a senior expert for the institute, working on international and national research projects devoted to public policy elaboration, regional development, political research and comparative studies.





Click here for more information on Ambassador Munteanu and his country of Moldova.

Courtesy Visit

Ambassador Munteanu with Dr. Rusty Butler and UVU Senior VP, Ian Wilson

Meeting with Lt. Governer and other local leaders

Ambassador Munteanu meeting with Lt. Governer and other local leaders

LDS Children's Choir

Ambassador Munteanu with the LDS Children's Choir