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Enrollment at RIT's global campuses has grown to 1,400 students this academic year.

Changes for RIT's Campuses in Croatia

It's an exciting time for the campus in Croatia, which has officially announced a change of name from the American College of Management and Technology (ACMT) to RIT Croatia. Additionally, the Zagreb campus started the new academic year in their brand-new facility in the Bundek Center. Located in the New Zagreb area, the Bundek Center is a mixed-use development comprised of 227 apartments, retail and commercial space, including restaurants, coffee shops and a grocery store.

The new facility features high speed internet, video conferencing capabilities, fully equipped smart classrooms as well as spacious shared areas such as lounges and study areas. The staff and faculty of RIT Croatia are thrilled to be in a new location that will accommodate their fast-growing student population.

AUK Welcomes New President

The American University in Kosovo (AUK) welcomes a new president, Winfred Thompson. Win previously served as president of the American University in Kuwait and president of the American University of Sharjah. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and LL.M. and J.D. degrees from George Washington University.

RIT Hosts Sustainable Urban Development Symposium with Visiting Malmö University Faculty

In early October, RIT hosted a three-day symposium, "Sustainable Urban Development: International Perspectives on The University as Partner in the Transformation of The Post-Industrial City," in partnership with Malmö University (MU) in Sweden. Twenty-six faculty members from Malmö visited the RIT campus to participate in the presentations and discussions.

A major focus of the symposium was the strategic value of the university to the municipalities and regions of Malmö and Rochester. The emphasis on sustainable urban development will be the foundation for MU and RIT to engage in joint course, curriculum and program development; collaborative research and scholarship; and student and academic staff mobility. Major areas for ongoing exploration include sustainability, urban development, architecture, media and communication, interactive design, photography and film, technology and engineering, migration and health.

The symposium, which included faculty from every college of RIT, provided an opportunity for members of the Rochester community to learn about and to engage in the MU/RIT partnership. Planning is underway to formalize a sister-city relationship between Rochester and Malmö, under the aegis of Sister Cities International. Through events like the symposium, RIT continues to broaden and strengthen the academic and international collaboration between MU and RIT and to further develop the partnership that has been emerging between these two institutions since 2009.

KIT and RIT Celebrate 20 Years of Partnership

In early October, RIT welcomed a delegation from the Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT). Fifteen faculty members and top-level administrators, including KIT's president, Dr. Ken-ichi Ishikawa, visited RIT to celebrate 20 years of partnership between the two schools. It was a week-long celebration with the highlight being the Presidential Symposium titled "From Gen to Ken: Musical Notes and Magical Knives" in which our own President Destler and KIT's President Ishikawa shared their vast knowledge on the history of the banjo and samurai swords. RIT also dedicated a natural stone bench in the Japanese Tojo Garden in honor of the KIT partnership. Since 1993, more than 200 RIT students have participated in the RIT-KIT exchange program.

Image courtesy of A. Sue Weisler/University News

RIT Hosts Visitors from Several Chinese Universities

From the end of last spring quarter through the current fall semester, RIT has hosted several administrators, faculty and students from partner institutions in China, including the Chinese Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Jiangnan University, Beijing Jiaotong University, and Hunan University. These visits represent RIT's evolving partnerships in China which provide exchange opportunities for students and faculty. For more information, please contact the RIT Office of International Education and Global Programs at or Dr. James Myers at

(Above) Delegation from the Chinese Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) with faculty and students from the RIT School for American Crafts Glass program.

Global Conversations

As part of RIT's International Education Week activities, we will be kicking off a new series of Global Conversations. This year we will feature the recipients of international partnership awards. The first Global Conversation took place on November 12, 2013 and featured presentations by Dr. Scott Grasman, Dr. Joel Kastner and Dr. Michael Schrlau.

Please stay tuned for a campus announcement with information on our second Global Conversation which will be held on February 25, 2014.

Fall Passport Drive Draws Over 100 Participants

The annual fall Passport Drive drew in over 100 students, faculty, staff, and friends this year! The Monroe County Clerk's office was on hand to process passport books, cards, and renewals, as well as photographs. Despite the government shutdown, the County Clerk's Office was in full force and took care of everyone.

Current Study Abroad Participants

More than 20 students are studying abroad this semester, 3 of whom are attending programs at our global campuses. Kailee Polimeni, a fourth year mechanical engineering major, and Nicole Lantonio, a second year mechanical engineering technology major, are studying in Dubai, while William Gerken, a third year political science major is studying abroad in Kosovo. Check out Nicole's experience in Dubai on her blog, 120 Days of Dubai.

International Opportunities Fair

The International Opportunities Fair on September 11th was a great one-stop-shop for students who are interested in going abroad during their time at RIT. This was the first year that the Office of International Education & Global Programs partnered with the Office of Cooperative Education & Career Services for a joint Study Abroad/Work Abroad fair. Students were able to research their options for both studying and working abroad by speaking with representatives from a large number of affiliates and organizations. The event drew over 200 people, and plans are in the works for a similar event next year.

Language Lab

The Language Lab is open to all RIT students, staff and faculty and is located in Constellation Commons for Global Learning. Constellation Commons is located on the second level above the Cantina and Grille, overlooking the Global Village plaza. The languages available are French, Russian, German, Spanish, Croatian, Albanian, Japanese, Arabic and Italian. The fall semester hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please help to spread the word about this great resource.