ONEONTA, N.Y. -- A pair of educational administrators from Russia visited SUNY Oneonta this past week to discuss enhancing the college's relationship with the Siberian State Aerospace University. More well known as SibSAU, the academy is located in the City of Krasnoyarsk in central Russia.
SibSAU's Dean of Humanities Faculty Anna Voroshilova and Director of International Higher School of Innovating Business and Administration Olga Podverbynkh arrived in Oneonta Sunday and spent much of the week meeting with members of the SUNY Oneonta faculty and administration before returning to Russia on Friday. Under discussion was the future of the two institutions' longstanding partnership.
According to SUNY Oneonta Director of International Education Carol Mandzik, the college's joint ventures with SibSAU have provided unique opportunities for students from American to experience Russia, and vice versa.
"We're honored to be SibSAU's U.S. colleague," said Mandzik. "Our relationship has been invaluable. It has allowed many of our study abroad students to gain an appreciation for the culture of Siberia. Likewise, Russian students attending SUNY Oneonta derive the same benefit, and our whole campus is enriched by the cultural diversity they bring."
SUNY Oneonta's relationship with the SibSAU began in 1995 with a grant from the U.S. Information Agency that supported exchange between the Central New York region and Krasnoyarsk in education, business, culture, and science. A tour of Russia and a summer field course in Siberia are two of the initiatives the collaboration set in motion. In 2005, the college dedicated the Russian-American Center at its Milne Library, and hosted an economic and cultural summit between local organizations and government leaders from Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.