SUNY Broome Community College to Strengthen Connections at International Dual Degree Conference

Published 01/29 2014 12:07PM

Updated 01/29 2014 12:07PM

From SUNY Broome:

SUNY Broome Community College, will meet with more than 40 Russian and American colleges and universities in New York City on February 1 to discuss the challenges and opportunities of dual degree programs between Russian and American institutions of higher learning.

"Higher education is one of America's most valued exports worldwide, and we are proud at SUNY Broome to be national leader among community colleges in a market dominated by major universities and private colleges the likes of which will be attending this conference,” said SUNY Broome Community College President, Dr. Kevin Drumm. “We're in rare company among our nation's great colleges and universities as the only community college having been invited."

In addition to SUNY Broome, the U.S./Russia Joint Dual Degree Partnership Conference will be attended by George Mason University, Bard College, the University of Wisconsin, Moscow State University, and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

“We have been invited to participate because we’ve been successfully building a dual degree program with Novosibirsk State University of Economics and Management since 2005,” said Alberto Miller, director of international education at SUNY Broome. “The goal of the conference is to develop a network of American and Russian institutions and lay a foundation for future cooperation.”

The conference will be organized around a series of round-table discussions focusing on program structures, student admissions, faculty selection, curriculum development, and administrative models.

“We’ll be exchanging ideas and describing the successes, difficulties, and mutual opportunities international education provides our respective institutions,” Miller said. “We want to come away with a practical understanding of the challenges and rewards of international dual programs.”

Among the challenges: language proficiency, accreditation requirements, student costs, degree recognition, and visa approvals. The rewards include positive impacts on student learning, increased teaching and research opportunities for faculty, and enriched cultural understanding.

“For SUNY Broome, our dual degree programs in business administration, international business, marketing, and sales increase our international mission of participating in a global educational environment,” said Miller. “It also gives opportunities to our faculty and staff to participate in international initiatives. For Novosibirsk, a dual degree with an American institution enhances their standards of education, provides the prestige of an American credential, and increases job opportunities and professional successes.”

Dr. Drumm and Alberto Miller will be available for interviews upon their return from the conference. For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact Silvia Briga - in the SUNY Broome Marketing and Communications department at 778-5296 or

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