UMES partnering with university in Romania to explore exchange programs

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – An exciting new opportunity is opening up for students at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

UMES is teaming up with Danubius University in Romania to explore exchange program options.

“Romania came to us from the Association of Public Land Grant Universities. They were looking for a partner here in the U.S. – and hopefully, an HBCU partner. We’re a member of the APLU organization, a very strong member, because we’re a land grant institution,” said UMES President Dr. Heidi Anderson.

In September, the dean of UMES’ School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences Dr. Moses Kairo traveled to Romania on fact-finding trip. “When he got back he was so excited. He said it would be a great opportunity,” said Dr. Anderson.

Dr. Anderson says this opportunity will only serve to make UMES students better global citizens.

“When you’re talking about learning about different cultures, not within your own country, but in other countries, that just expands an individual’s horizons. It also makes them better citizens, better leaders, and better global participants as well,” she said.

There are also plans to include faculty from both universities in the program. UMES is also looking into the logistics behind hybrid exchange classes, sending faculty to Romania, and hosting professors from Danubius University.

The next steps will be to compare the two schools’ curriculum to figure out how they line up and finding funding.

“The one thing we all learned from COVID-19 is we can have a virtual space. Even if our faculty don’t have the time to travel back and forth, we can actually be connected in this particular way,” said Dr. Anderson.

Danubius University is located in Galati, a city of about 286,000 on the Danube River. The university has roughly 3,000 students, and offers several bachelor’s degrees and master’s programs.

“Romania fits very nicely because they speak English quite a bit over the entire country. Our students wouldn’t have to learn a new language, but they can if they want to. Then they get to experience the flavor of a country that’s Eastern European,” said Dr. Anderson.

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