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Sept. 10-13: Workshop to Expand Study Abroad Opportunities with Netherlands' HAN University of Applied Sciences

HAN is recruiting students majoring in information systems, technical communication or graphic design.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-7-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato and its partner from the Netherlands, HAN University of Applied Sciences, are hosting a four-day workshop from Monday to Thursday, Sept. 10-13, that is open to those interested in a unique opportunity to collaborate across cultures, earn graduation credit and study abroad.

During the workshop, the HAN contingent hopes to recruit between five and 10 Minnesota State Mankato students majoring in information systems, technical communication or graphic design to study abroad during the 2013 spring semester.

HAN and Minnesota State Mankato will also explore ways to expand the program to allow HAN students to come to Minnesota State Mankato to work with the Project Maverick software consulting organization. Project Maverick began in 2006 as a way for students to write computer code and test software as part of a partnership between Maverick Software Consulting, Minnesota State Mankato and the Thomson-Reuters company based in Eagan, Minn.

The Minnesota State Mankato students who study in the Netherlands would join buro302, HAN’s student-run consulting firm that provides real world multi-media marketing experience for students while they complete their degrees.

Five Minnesota State Mankato students are in the Netherlands now—they arrived in August as the first cohort in this latest program between the two schools.

The Sept. 10-13 workshop is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Computer Information Science & Technology and the International Programs Office. Among the visitors are Eric Holtman, dean of HAN’s Academy of Communication and Information Technology, senior lecturer Job Vogel and four students.

The collaboration grew out of the visit last year that Computer Information Sciences professors Leon Tietz, Cyrus Azarbod and Mababur Syed paid to the Netherlands with financial support from the Kearney International Center and Minnesota State Mankato’s strategic funding efforts.

HAN is one of Minnesota State Mankato’s most successful international partnerships. More than 50 students have been exchanged since 2005, including students in sports management, business, computer information science, automotive engineering and education.

For more information, contact Caryn Lindsay by phone at 507-389-1281 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota.

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