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Partner institutions from around the world meeting at ECU

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - East Carolina University is hosting the 10th annual Global Partners in Education Conference, which runs Monday-Wednesday.

The conference is being held at the Sounds multi-purpose rooms at Gateway Residence Hall on College Hill. The conference brings together more than 40 representatives from 24 academic institutions and 15 countries. The purpose is to prepare ECU students to succeed in a global knowledge economy, according to a press release from the university.

The conference will include keynote speakers Remedios Gomez Arnau, Consul General of Mexico, and ECU Provost Dr. Ron Mitchelson. A panel discussion will explore the conference theme, the intersection of global education with regional economic development. Participants will hear several presentations throughout the three-day conference from institutions in countries such as Japan, Turkey and Algeria. Discussions related to research, collaborations and faculty-led study abroad opportunities will also take place. "This conference highlights the value international education brings directly to the region and the tight relationship between global connections and regional economic development," said Dr. Jami Leibowitz, interim director for Global Academic Initiatives, in a press release. "It also provides a forum for strengthening our collaborative relationship around the world and improving upon and developing new programs that will help our students gain the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to thrive in a global knowledge economy."

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