STUDENTS OF THE WORLD
of Private Enterprise, which over the past
six years has placed more than 400 MBAs
from Carolina and 19 other U.S. univer-
sities with corporations in Central and
The institute in 1993 also established a
strong presence in Thailand by creating
the Kenan Institute Asia in Bangkok
with $11.65 million in grants from the
U.S. Agency for International Develop-
ment, the Thai government, the William
R. KenanJr. Charitable Trust and pri-
vate contributions. The institute has
given UNC a solid reputation in what
some believe will be the future dynamo
of Asian development. The Kenan Insti-
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tute Asia supports international intern-
ships for Carolina MBAs, Asian job
opportunities, faculty research and inter-
national course offerings.
Out of that program emerged the cre-
ation in 1995 of the U.S. Thailand
Development Partnership, an organization
that pairs businesses in the United States
with businesses in Thailand and stresses
cooperation rather than donor depen-
dency. The program has essentially
replaced foreign aid in Thailand.
Bogdan Leja has traveled in reverse, taking the view of the world he gained while growing up in Poland to his current position as director of outreach
programs at Carolina's University Center for International Studies.
Leja came to Carolina three years ago from Columbia University in New York,
where he also oversaw outreach programs.
His early travels throughout Eastern
North Carolina made his mission clear.
"When I traveled through North
Carolina, I saw a great disparity between
Research Triangle Park and any place an
hour and a half away from it," said Leja.
"I said our kids are not receiving enough
information - especially international
information. So, with that, we started
The program is called International
K- 12 Outreach. It was established in
1966 following a series of brainstorming
sessions with public school teachers in
various parts of the state. "We asked
them what we could do for them," Leja
said. "The overall answer, at least the
majority, was: Why don't you have the
faculty that live in those white towers at Bogdan Leja's outreach program addresses what
the university come out and see the real he sees as a lack of international awareness.
world and spend a day with us?"
Teachers now can contact Leja and
request a program on an international topic- Zimbabwe culture, African educa-
tion, Middle East politiCS, whatever fits their goals.
"I take the request and look at the University landscape, locate the experts, be
they foreign students or scholars, put together a team and put 'em in a vehicle
and send them to school," Leja said. "The school provides the classroom or
auditorium, and we do the presentation."
Last year, programs were conducted at 42 N.C. public schools as far away as
Edenton and as near as Chapel Hill before student audiences that ranged in size
from 20 to 700. The programs are free to the schools, and UCIS pays faculty or
consultants from $100 to $250 for their time.
The program reached more than 10,000 children last year, and Leja said it is
being expanded. "I've been here for three years, and I'm finding it very enjoyable,"
he said. "The system is very responsive to these programs."
-Dale Gibson ' 69
Nove m Ii er/ D ece'" b er 1998
Redefining 'off campus' in the '90s
The 1990s have been a boom decade
for U.S. college students studying abroad.
Applicants and their parents are becoming
more likely to inquire about opportunities
when selecting a college, and can1.pus
officials report seeing students' destinations
becoming increasingly diverse. Countries
where English is not the national language
are attracting more American students
every year, according to a report in TI1e
Chronicle of Higher Education.
From 1994 to 1996, the number of
U.S. college students studying overseas
jumped nearly 17 percent, according to
Th e Chron.icle. At Carolina, more than 16
percent ofstudents now include a foreign
itinerary in their curricula.
"Certainly this is a consequence of the
increased emphasis that campuses have
placed on internationalization," David
Maxwell, director of the National For-
eign Language Center, a research organi-
zation, told The Chronicle. "But it's also a
reflection of the fact that the private
sector is attaching more importance to
language training and experience in a
foreign culture as part of the preparation
for employment, and that idea is getting
"Considering the extent to which today's
students are credential driven, I'd be sur-
prised if that was not the major reason
more of them are going abroad." .lID.
DALE GIBSON ' 69 is afreeLance writer based in
Raleigh. He publishes The Gibson Report,
a business and investment newsletter covering