SUNY-CRUE Language Teacher Training Partnership
Announcement and summary:
On April 29, 2009, an agreement was signed between the State University of New York and Banco Santander Chairman Emilio Botin. The agreement provides a grant to SUNY to fund specific international activities over a three year period. Among these activities is the Language Teacher Training Partnership (LTTP), which will be carried out by the State University in conjunction with the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE). The LTTP gives rise to the SUNY-Santander Language Teacher Training Scholarship Program. The program will provide support to eligible SUNY students who wish to spend one academic year studying in a Spanish partner university. It is aimed at students whose career goal is to become teachers of Spanish. The State University is working with Banco Santander and the CRUE to establish a mirror program which will enable Spanish students enrolled in teacher training programs to come to SUNY campuses for one year each.
The SUNY-Santander Language Teacher Training Scholarship Program will invite applications from students who meet the minimum selection criteria. A Student Selection Committee will be established consisting of representatives from international educations offices, and Spanish and Education departments across the SUNY System.
Student selection criteria
Students must demonstrate:
The goal of the program is to provide support to no fewer than ten SUNY students per year over a period of no less than three years.
Program administration: Institutional linkages and student mobility
It is the goal of the State University for this scholarship fund to result in long term alliances and benefits to institutions of the SUNY System and their Spanish university counterparts. For this reason, the program seeks to establish and foster university-to-university linkages over the life of the grant. Four partnerships have been established for the purpose of moving students between Spain and New York State. The partner institutions will be responsible for sending their own students, as well as those of other SUNY campuses.
The university partnerships responsible for conducting this student exchange are:
University at Albany - University of Santiago de Compostela
SUNY Buffalo State - University of Cantabria
Stony Brook University - Autonomous University of Madrid
Buffalo University - Autonomous University of Barcelona