Dr. Bill Ruud, left, and Dr. Boguslaw Fiedor, right, sign the agreement. Standing, from left, are Dr. Tom Verney, acting associate dean of the John L. Grove College of Business; Dr. Barbara Lyman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; and Dr. Tony Winter, interim dean of Grove College.

SU, Wroclaw University sign exchange intent

Representatives from Shippensburg University and the Wroclaw University of Economics in Poland signed an intent agreement today agreeing to begin work on development of exchange programs between the universities and to promote activities of mutual interest.

The agreement was signed by Shippensburg President Bill Ruud and Dr. Boguslaw Fiedor, rector of Wroclaw University. Rector is equivalent to a university president.

"We're very happy to be able to continue our on-going relationship with Wroclaw University and look forward to expanding the program to give students and faculty from both universities the opportunity to learn from their colleagues," said President Ruud. "We appreciate the cooperation from Dr. Fiedor and are grateful for his leadership in enabling our respective institutions to enhance their already well-respected programs."

Shippensburg has been working with Wroclaw University for several years and the signing formalizes the intent of both institutions to cooperate and expand that relationship. The universities will continue to pursue an agreement to establish certain exchange programs to benefit the respective educational institutions and to promote the development of joint studies, research and training activities and other educational programs of mutual interest.

Programs to be considered by the universities include student and staff exchanges, participation in summer instructional activities, and live video-conferencing using instructional classes, student organizations and government, and faculty and administrative groups.

The signing comes at the end of a two-week visit by Dr. Fiedor. During his visit, he met with various members of the Shippensburg campus community, gave a public presentation on the European Union and attended a meeting of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.