GUST Welcomes UMSL Chancellor and team for Visit
GUST eagerly welcomed University of Missouri – St. Louis Interim Chancellor, Dr. Kristin Sobolik, and her team, Dr. George Sipos, Executive Director of the UMSL Office of International Studies and Programs, and Liane Constantine, Assistant Director of the UMSL International Partnerships and Global Engagement. The team had a productive three day visit on campus to touch base on all the latest developments and be able to provide the support GUST in the development of its programs and curricula.
The first day of the visit, the UMSL team first met with the university’s Board of Trustees, including GUST BOT Chairman, Mohammad Al-Bahar, BOT Vice Chairman, Dr. Jasem Abdulsalam, GUST President, Professor Walid Bouhamra, and BOT member, Professor Nader Al-Jalal. Then a separate meeting was held with the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Fahed Al-Sumait, Vice President for Professional Development and Community Services, Dr. Ahmed Al-Darbas, Graduate Studies and Research Office Director, Dr. Bassam Alameddine, and Senior Director of Administrative Affairs, Nawaf Al-Khalaf. A lecture was also held, led by Dr. Sobolik to university faculty to address key issues in the cooperation.
The second day was a special one, where the team had the chance to attend the 14thGUST Commencement ceremony, graduating 716 students. It was a grand ceremony, where Dr. Sobolik also addressed the congregation.
The final day, Dr. Sobolik and the team met with university staff from different departments to get their input on various issues. Ms. Constantine got the chance to reconnect with GUST students who attended UMSL for the Summer Scholarship Program. They held a small seminar where students were invited to learn more about UMSL and the program and get insights from those with first-hand experience. The UMSL team was also awarded plaques as a token of appreciation for their visit. We look forward to receiving you on campus again soon!