UNC Expands Partnership to Offer Education Program for Thai Students

Enrolled students to split time between universities to earn teaching licenses

UNC, Burapha delegation at signing ceremony

During a ceremony May 30, participants included Thai students, front row, and beginning fourth from left in back row (l-r): Burapha President Sompol Pongthai, UNC President Kay Norton, Acting Provost Robbyn Wacker, and Dean Eugene Sheehan.

Photo courtesy of Eugene Sheehan

The University of Northern Colorado is expanding its partnership with a university in Thailand to jointly deliver an education program for undergraduates.

UNC and Burapha University will team up to offer the five-year program. Burapha students enrolled in the program will complete their liberal arts core requirements at Burapha and then transfer to UNC to complete an undergraduate degree, including some education courses. The students will then return to Thailand to complete their teaching license.

On May 30, UNC President Kay Norton and Burapha President Sompol Pongthai formalized the agreement during a ceremony at the University Center. The first 10 students to transfer to UNC also attended the ceremony.

Over the past two years, about 100 faculty and graduate students from the two universities have participated in an exchange program, spearheaded by College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Dean Eugene Sheehan. The participants have lectured in workshops, audited classes and attended seminars both at UNC and Burapha.

The partnership has continued to grow through the years and several UNC teacher candidates have now completed their student teaching at Burapha. Last October, Sheehan was awarded an honorary doctorate from Burapha in recognition for establishing the exchange program.

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