UGA Provost Pamela Whitten has just visited Oxford, witnessing first-hand the experience of students on the UGA at Oxford program. In her official blog, she writes:
"The UGA at Oxford program gives students an opportunity to study at one of the world’s most renowned institutions of higher education, and I recently had the opportunity to see firsthand the types of life-changing experiences it provides.
Oxford University is, of course, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Its exact founding date has been lost to history, but teaching and learning have occurred there since 1096—nearly 700 years before UGA became America’s first state-chartered university. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers are associated with Oxford University, including philosopher John Locke, Nobel Laureate Dorothy Hodgkin, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and author Lewis Carroll.
The UGA at Oxford Program was founded more than 25 years ago and remains one of our most popular study abroad programs, with more than 100 courses in a variety of majors and subjects. Most classes are taught using Oxford’s rigorous tutorial format, in which students meet in groups of no more than three with their professor and do a significant amount of independent research and writing to prepare for those meetings. The system demands a high degree of responsibility from students; in return, they gain a deep understanding of the subject matter and a honed ability to synthetize and communicate the knowledge they gain.
I met with a number of exceptionally promising students while at Oxford as well as with faculty and administrators. I can tell you that the UGA at Oxford program is truly immersive; our students are educated by Oxford faculty and stay at UGA’s Oxford residential center, an elegantly renovated, three-story Victorian mansion. As associate members of Oxford’s Keble College, they dine with Oxford students, have access to the college’s libraries and common rooms, and participate in the full range of the college’s social activities. Our students are encouraged to explore the culture and history of Oxford, and London is a just an hour away by bus.
Thanks to programs such as UGA at Oxford, UGA has one of the nation’s highest study abroad participation rates. The experiential learning requirement recently approved by University Council will help ensure that all UGA students have the kinds of hand-on learning experiences—including study abroad but also service-learning, research and internships—that position them for success after graduation."
See the full post here - http://provost.uga.edu/index.php/blog/red-black-and-oxford-blue
The UGA at Oxford Program is happy to have Dr. Rowena E. Archer as our special guest for this year's Homecoming week. Please see the flyer below for details of her public lecture, and check back here for additional info on opportunities to see our guest!
UGA vs Oxford Union Debate V: 8 October 2014, UGA Chapel, North Campus
The University of Georgia has challenged the Oxford Union Debate Society to a formal debate for the fifth time, and the Oxford Union has accepted this challenge. Several of the organization’s best debaters will compete against an elite UGA team in a hybridized British/American-style debate on October 8 at 7 p.m. in the UGA Chapel. This fifth installment will be an opportunity for the UGA team to take the lead in the series and claim bragging rights for another three years.
“Like all previous iterations, the 2014 debate will be an extremely exciting event and it will showcase some of the best young thinkers and speakers from both campuses,” said Dr. James McClung, Director of the UGA at Oxford Program. “The topic is timely, provocative, and well chosen. I personally look forward to a hard-fought debate, hopefully ending with a well-deserved UGA victory.”
Kavita Pandit, associate provost for International Education at UGA added, “The debate draws attention to the very valuable and long-standing international academic partnership between UGA and Oxford. It also provides an outstanding example of the way in which an international education equips UGA students to compete with the very best and brightest students around the world.”
The Oxford Union was founded in 1823 as an arena for the free exchange of ideas among students, and it soon became the forum for political debate in Oxford. Many British prime ministers have served as past presidents of the Oxford Union, and world figures such as Robert Kennedy, Mother Theresa, Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela have addressed its members. The union team will be a hand-selected group of “all-stars.”
UGA’s team also will be assembled specially for this event. Drawing from the membership of the Georgia Debate Union, the Demosthenian Literary Society, the Phi Kappa Literary Society, the Law School, UGA’s Honors Program, and several other student organizations, the “home” team will truly represent the wide variety of programs and schools UGA has to offer.
The debate topic is “Resolved: On balance, United States drone strikes enhance its national security objectives” This topic will address a wide range of issues, both military and otherwise, and offers an excellent opportunity for the attendees to engage directly with the debate teams as well, as this year’s format will allow for the audience to question the teams themselves. The teams are currently negotiating which side will argue the affirmative and which side will argue the negative.
The moderator is recent UGA masters graduate, Monica Kaufman Pearson, former WSB-TV lead anchor, who in 1975, became the first African-American and first woman to anchor a 6 p.m. newscast in Atlanta. She then went on to establish a 37-year distinguished career in broadcasting in the city. Distinguished judges for the event will include Cecil Staton, former Georgia state senator who earned his doctoral degree from Oxford University and UGA President Jere Morehead.
For over twenty-five years, UGA has fostered one of the leading study-abroad programs in Oxford. UGA continues to be the only program at a US-public university to operate year-round in Oxford. Many UGA students join the Oxford Union upon arriving in Oxford. Because of UGA’s status in Oxford as a respected sister institution (UGA students hold associate membership at Keble College during term); a healthy rivalry has developed between Oxonians and UGA. For more information on UGA at Oxford, see http://oxford.uga.edu.
Virginia McNally, Franklin Spring Semester 2011 alumna, has continued her working relationship with Dr. Nic Cheeseman, Hugh Price Fellow in African Politics at Jesus College, Oxford University. Dr. Cheeseman recently featurd and article by Virginia on his Democracy in Africa online resource. Toi read Virginia's article, please click here. Congratulations, Virginia!
We are happy to recognize that one of our recent alumna, Katherine Arnold, has written a piece that the Bodleian Library in Oxford has published on their Shakespeare First Folio digitization project blog. Katherine was a participant on the Franklin College Spring 2012 Semester Program and studied Shakespeare with Dr. Emma Smith in one of her tutorials. To read Katherine's work, have a look at the Bodleain Library's Sprint for Shakespeare page!
Congratulations Katherine, well-earned!
Dr. William Kretzschmar, Harry and Jane Willson Professor in Humanities, is the 2014 recipient of the Friends of UGA at Oxford Award. The award is given yearly to the University faculty, staff, or administrative individual who has contributed the most time and energy to furthering the mission of the UGA at Oxford Program. For more information, please see the Office of International Education website, here.
Joseph Netto, SPIA 2009 and Fall 2008 Alumn, has a featured interview in the Michaelmas 2008 issue of The Keble College newsletter, The Brick.