Sierra Nevada College was honored to serve as host to four college leaders and their two translators from the Kyrgyzstani Republic Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The Department of State arranged for the leading academic institutions of higher education in the Kyrgyz Republic to visit U.S. colleges from January 17 – February 3, 2012. The delegation is examining the U.S. system of higher education, its structure, administration and support services. As the only non-profit private liberal arts college in the State, Sierra Nevada College officials were able to showcase the region, and highlight the benefits of a small private college.

“ The students are very lucky here. The facilities are state-of-the-art, and the setting has great beauty. We are amazed.” remarked one team member after touring the campus. The delegation was particularly interested in the challenges of higher education in the US and its changing relationship with other elements of American society. College officials shared how private and public organizations, businesses, federal and state governments work in partnership to improve higher education system in the US. Topics of mutual concern were shared such as degree equivalencies, accreditation, student aid, admissions, counseling services, quality assessment system, institutional structure and curriculum.

The delegation included Mr. Abdykadyr Abidov, President, Osh Technical University; Ms. Chinara Adamkulova, Dean of Faculty, Kyrgyz State University; Mr. Askarbek Dzhylkichiev, Rector, Talas State University; Mr. Abakir Mamytov, Head, Kyrgyz Academy of Education.