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OSU School of Global Studies and Partnerships and Tulsa Global Alliance join forces in Tulsa

(L to R): TGA Vice Chair Kyden Creekpaum, Vice President of Programs and TGA Interim Director Bob Lieser, TGA Board Chair Alisa Dougless, Sister City Program Coordinator and TGA Administrator Cathy Izzo, OSU-Tulsa Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan Johnson, OSU School of Global Studies and Partnerships Dean Randy Kluver.

Since the Tulsa Global Alliance recently moved to the OSU-Tulsa campus, the organization is joining forces with the OSU School of Global Studies and Partnerships to bring global studies to OSU-Tulsa and enhance international economic development in Tulsa.

More than 70 Oklahomans, including several members of the TGA Board and two Tulsa City Councilors, attended the reception in the Pete and Pat Bartlett Tulsa Room to welcome TGA after it recently relocated to the OSU-Tulsa campus.

“OSU’s rich international history and new initiatives through the School of Global Studies and Partnerships make it an ideal partner for Tulsa Global Alliance,” Bob Lieser, Vice President of Programs and Interim Director of TGA, said. “We are very excited about being here and are looking forward to promoting citizen diplomacy in Oklahoma.”

Oklahoma State University’s global engagement began in 1949 when U.S. President Harry S. Truman appointed then-OSU President Henry G. Bennett as the first director of the Point Four Program, now known as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Since then, OSU has developed educational, research, and outreach programs on a global scale.

The University has active partnerships in dozens of countries around the world, and OSU students, faculty, and alumni have a global impact. OSU is committed to both creating knowledge and sharing it with the local and global communities, in keeping with its commitment as a land-grant institution.

“We are delighted to welcome TGA to campus,” Randy Kluver, Dean of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships, said. “OSU and the Tulsa Global Alliance have had well over two decades of collaboration in terms of building and strengthening international ties, and we are grateful for this partnership and the possible outcomes.”

Pending approval of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the SGSP plans to offer its master’s in Global Studies and graduate certificates programs in Tulsa beginning in 2020, including the highly sought-after graduate certificate in global trade. These courses will provide Tulsa students and business professionals the opportunity to develop global perspectives and leadership skills within a variety of professional contexts.

“In many ways we view OSU-Tulsa as being the intersection for international education and partnerships between OSU and the Tulsa Global Alliance,” Dr. Susan Johnson, the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at OSU-Tulsa, said. “As businesses continue to invest in our city, we find that it is becoming more and more important for our students to have a global perspective and opportunities to broaden their horizons, so we are looking forward to this partnership.”

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