TROY, AIEEP sign agreement to promote economic and academic enhancement internationally

TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., and AIEEP Executive Director Meson Han sign an agreement that will expand international cooperation.

TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., and AIEEP Executive Director Meson Han sign an agreement that will expand international cooperation.

A new agreement at Troy University aims at promoting economic development and academic enhancement in the state of Alabama.

TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. and Alabama-International Education and Economic Partnership Executive Director Meesoon Han signed the memorandum of understanding to promote academic advancement, global education, and international links between Alabama and countries around the world.

“We at Troy University value our relationship with ALIEEP, and we look forward to working with them to improve economic development in Alabama,” said Dr. Kerry Palmer, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “Our partnership with ALIEEP will help us train international students to fill critical needs in professions such as teaching, where shortages have proven challenging in recent years.”

Based in Montgomery, ALIEEP partners the Korean Ministry of Education, with several government agencies including the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama State Department of Education, and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. The Alabama Council on Disabilities, Pike Road Schools, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Hodges Commercial Real Estate also partners with the organization, formerly known as the Alabama-Korea Education and Economic Partnership (A-KEEP).

Under the agreement, TROY will assist in exchanging teaching expertise and learning in foreign or critical languages and multicultural education and help development international exchange and global leadership opportunities for career or professional development, and other educational pursuits.

Groundwork for the agreement was led by TROY Trustee former State Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville, who is a founding board member of the original organization and continues to serve on ALIEEP’s board of directors.

“This partnership will make a difference, and Alabama will benefit,” Palmer said.

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