Bethany College welcomes Kosovo UGRAD student

LINDSBORG, KAN., September 10, 2012—Bethany College is pleased to welcome a new international student, Nderim Gerguri, on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Kosovo Undergraduate Exchange Program (Kosovo UGRAD).

The Kosovo UGRAD Program aims to advance youth leadership and promote mutual understanding by providing one year of non-degree US study to undergraduates from Kosovo. In addition to their academic studies, Kosovo UGRAD students perform community service, explore American traditions through the unique Cultural Passport to America program, and secure one-semester internships. The Kosovo Undergraduate Exchange Program is a program of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Kosovo, U.S. Department of State and is administered by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board).The U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations, as mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchanges Act of 1961.

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of $70 million and a staff of over 500 professionals worldwide. IREX and its partner IREX Europe deliver cross-cutting programs and consulting expertise in more than 100 countries. For more information about IREX, visit www.irex.org.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.

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