Pacific Student Exchange Program First of its Kind

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(Stockton, CA)
Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Undergraduate students at Pacific and at the two major universities in Rwanda are eligible for the exchange program.

Margee Ensign, Dean the School of International Studies at Pacific, says given Rwanda's tumultuous legacy of genocide, students who study in the country will witness a unique political situation.  
"It will expose our students to what's unfolding in Rwanda which really is the greatest experiment in reconciliation that the world has ever witnessed."

Freshman Leslie Abbott of Green Bay, Wisconsin, is among the first to enroll in the program.  
"Rwanda is such an important country to go to, because so much has happened there, and also with their rebuilding."

The Minister of Education in Rwanda says he expects a significant number of students from his homeland to gravitate to the science and math departments at Pacific.

Officials at the Stockton school aren't sure how many of their students will participate in the exchange.