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Muslim academic highlights international week
Photos and Story by James Hill
Link to International Week ScheduleROCK CREEK CAMPUS – Portland Community College’s International Education Week will go global with a Muslim keynote speaker from the West Bank.PCC welcomes Fulbright Scholar Samir Abu Znaid, dean at the school of finance and management and also vice president for academic affairs at the Hebron University in Hebron, West Bank, to this week-long event Nov. 15-19.In addition to meeting with college business faculty, Abu Znaid will talk to students and the community about strengthening ties between the United States and the Muslim world. He will discuss social, cultural and economic issues and touch on cultural management, habits and values affecting business. He will speak at the Sylvania Campus from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 (Performing Arts Center, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave.); at the Cascade Campus from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 (Terrell Hall 122, 705 N. Killingsworth St.); and the Rock Creek Campus from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 (Event Center, Building 9, 17705 N.W. Springville Rd.)."We are so fortunate to have Dr. Abu Znaid come and share his expertise in the field of business administration and insights into the Muslim world with the PCC community," said Kelley Brayton, director of the college’s International Education program. "Through Dr. Abu Znaid’s guest lectures in a variety of business courses district-wide, we hope students and faculty will have the opportunity to further enhance their understanding of the world through this cross-cultural experience."Abu Znaid’s visits highlight a rich schedule of events for PCC’s International Education Week. Events at PCC campuses will focus on building global communities and incorporating international methods into curriculum.The Fulbright Program, part of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural affairs, will cover his travel costs for this event. Abu Znaid earned his doctoral degree in business from Glasgow University in Scotland in 1990. He was selected to complement PCC’s two-year business and international education grant program, "Going Global," which began in July. In addition to participating in "Going Global" activities, he will be a guest lecturer in business classes at PCC campuses. The specialist will also consult with faculty on the internationalization of the PCC business curriculum and will meet informally with PCC faculty and students.