Collaboration Creates International Pathway to Success

Cooperative agreement between U of A and Panama brings scholars to campus

Tuesday, July 02, 2013
PAPSS undergraduates receive acceptance letters in Panama.

PAPSS undergraduates receive acceptance letters in Panama.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A recent collaboration between the Republic of Panama and the University of Arkansas Graduate School and International Education is bringing more Panamanian students to the Fayetteville campus. The program, known as PAPSS, has the goal of preparing Pananamanian scholars for academic success at the U of A.

The program trains scholars in academic readiness, English as a second language, college level math and science skills, study skills, confidence building, leadership skills and provides the preparation for scholars to continue as full-time degree seeking students in one of the many degree programs offered at the University of Arkansas. The university welcomed Panamanian 32 scholars from two groups this spring and will welcome group three this fall.

The Panamanian students are competitively selected from the nation's provinces based on academic merit, financial need, motivation and potential for academic success. Students participated in a series of competitive interviews, and were required to meet University of Arkansas admission requirements.

"The program is committed to helping students fulfill their potential through dedicated support and services," said Patricia Gamboa, PAPSS program director for the Graduate School and International Education.

"We are pleased to witness the scholars' outstanding academic achievements and positive contributions to the campus life at the U of A."

This collaborative effort between the university and Panama started in 2011. The university's proposal committee included Dean Todd Shields, Patricia Koski, and Lynn Mosesso, from the Graduate School and International Education; Bryan Hill, from the College of Engineering; and Leyah Bergman Lanier, director of Spring International Language Center.

In November, 2012, Lynn Mosesso, director of international admissions and recruitment, delivered acceptance letters in a formal ceremony held in Panama City, Panama with Dr. Ruben Berrocal, the Panamanian Minister of Science and National Secretary of Science Technology.

Contacts:

Patricia Gamboa, Associate Director for Special Programs
Graduate School and International Education
479-575-6246, pgamboa@uark.edu

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