2014 Events

January 23, 2014 - Tasawar Khan,
Consul General of Pakistan to the United States

Pakistan
Tasawar Khan

CONSUL GENERAL OF PAKISTAN TO LECTURE AT UVU

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Heather Wrigley

His Excellency Tasawar Khan, consul general of Pakistan in Los Angeles, will speak to the Utah Valley University community on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. in the Timpanogos Room of the UVU Library.

“Increasingly, Pakistan finds itself in the middle of world conflicts, political unrest and border disputes,” explained Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Consul General Tasawar Khan will offer his insights into the role Pakistan plays in dealing with these issues, as well as current Pakistan-U.S. relations. Our students will benefit greatly from our guest’s expertise.”

Following obtaining a bachelor’s degree in general and defense studies from the University of Peshawar, Khan joined and served in the Pakistan Army Corps of Artillery for 7 1/2 years. In 1989, he joined the Civil Service as assistant director of protocol with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He later proceeded to England to pursue his master’s degree in international diplomatic studies from the University of London.

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.

Khan’s recent assignments include key diplomatic posts in Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Islamabad, London and, most recently, Australia. He is married with three daughters and one son.

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 The State Capitol Rotunda

Consul General Khan in the State Capitol Rotunda

CG Khan with President Dieter Uchtdorf

Consul General Khan with President Dieter Uchtdorf, member of the First Presidency of the LDS Church

Lecture

His Excellency Tasawar Khan, Consul General of Pakistan, lecturing at Utah Valley University

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