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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Counsel General Khan with Governor Gary Herbert at the Capitol Rotunda.
Counsel General Khan with President Uchtdarf, first President of the LDS Church.
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
Visit at Utah State Capitol, Presentation of delegates on the floor of the Utah Senate during State Legislative Session
Tour at Orem City – Fire Department, Law Enforcement and Emergency Services.
Visit of Utah Olympic Park
The Russian delegates with their Utah host families and UVU staff