Dr. William Brustein, Vice President of Global Strategies and International Affairs, University of West Virginia (WVU), will visit Asuncion on March 30 and 31 to expand contacts with Paraguayan educational institutions and explore the Establishment of more educational and cultural exchange programs between the US and Paraguay. Dr. Brustein will be accompanied by Dr. Angel Tuninetti, Director of the Languages, Literature and Linguistics Department of WVU. In fact, the University of West Virginia is already developing a student and faculty exchange program with the UNA Faculty of Economics and soon with UNA Faculty of Medicine with a focus on health and community education.
During his visit to the campus of the UNA in San Lorenzo, Brustein plans to meet with the Rector Abel Bernal and directors of the Rectorate, as well as with the deans of Economy, Polytechnic and Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Brustein’s agenda also includes meetings with the Director of Itaipu Binacional, the directors of the CCPA, the Institute of Teacher Training, the EducationUSA Student Advisory Board, and the directors of the Carlos Antonio Lopez Scholarship.
About WVU and UNA
In 2014, the WVU and UNA signed a memorandum of understanding and since then more than 50 students, professors and administrators of UNA and WVU have participated in exchanges thanks to this association. In 2015, the WVU and the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the UNA launched a new exchange initiative called “Innovative Enterprises for Student Mobility of the Americas” thanks to funds from the “The Force of 100 thousand in the Americas” program. Last year, US Ambassador Leslie Bassett and the Paraguayan Ambassador to the United States, German Rojas visited the University of West Virginia to meet the contacts and explore other areas in order to expand this partnership. Likewise, the WVU signed a protocol of intent with Itaipu Binacional focused on education and research.
About William Brustein, Vice President, Global Strategies and Intl. Affairs, West Virginia University (WVU)
William I. Brustein is currently Vice President of Global Strategies and International Affairs at the University of West Virginia (WVU). Brustein is a leading expert in international strategy in higher education. In his role as Vice President, reports directly to Provost Joyce McConnell of the University of West Virginia, directing the international units of that University focused on the construction of a global strategy. Brustein came to WVU after serving for seven years as Vice President of Global Strategies and International Affairs at Ohio State University (OSU) as well as President of the Ohio State University Global Gateways, an OSU unit focused on international affairs under Of which Global Gateways opened offices in Shanghai, Mumbai and Sao Paulo.
Prior to joining the OSU faculty and administration, Brustein held a number of increasingly senior administrative positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the University of Pittsburgh. He has also taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Utah and the University of Washington and has been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and the Freie Universitat Berlin.
Dr. Brustein is also a professor of History, Political Science and Sociology at the University of WVU and has widely published on political extremism and ethnic, religious and racial prejudices.