June 7, 2010
Panamanian delegation visits Northwest to celebrate collaboration on education
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State celebrated its collaboration with a Panama scholarship and financial aid agency by hosting a delegation of Panamanian officials Friday.
Representatives of Instituto para la Formación y Aprovechamiento de Recursos Humanos (IFARHU), which means Institute for the Development and Training of Human Resources arrived on campus Friday morning. They spent the day touring the campus and hearing presentations on some of Northwest's key programs, including the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing and the Horace Mann Laboratory School.
Founded in 1965, IFARHU manages all domestic and international scholarships the government awards to students for study in Panama or abroad. The visiting delegation consisted of Director General Sonia de Luzcando, Secretary General Eusebia Moran and Special Assistant to the Director General Dr. Etilvia Arjona.
"Having guests like these is important because it helps us build positive relations with leaders in other countries," said Dr. Cleo Samudzi, director of the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing. "By visiting us, they will understand our university better. It helps us in recruiting international students because we will have advocates among their leadership. It helps with the funding of international students who attend Northwest."
Arjona thanked the Missouri Academy and Northwest for hosting the delegation and said she was impressed with the campus.
"We know that it's an excellent system and the quality of education is really good," Arjona said through an interpreter. "We want more Panamanians to come to the U.S. … I want to have more Panamanians having these kinds of experiences. I want arrangements between both countries and I want to make progress in education in my country with the support of the Americans and Northwest."
The visit was part of a Missouri tour during which the delegates also plan to visit University of Missouri-Kansas City, Metropolitan Community College, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Central Missouri, Lindenwood University and Southeast Missouri State University.
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