PR students may study abroad following exchange agreement
Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 10:46 am
The Messenger 10.01.10
University of Tennessee at Martin public relations students can now take advantage of an exchange program with the London Metropolitan University.
The semester-long program will begin in the spring when Josh Weiss, a senior public relations student from Germantown, studies in London.
“Dr. Jeff Hoyer has been building a relationship with this particular university and public relations firms in London during the last 10 years,” said Dr. Robert Nanney, UT Martin Department of Communications chair. “This student exchange agreement is the culmination of his hard work and the cooperative efforts of many within the UT System including Joe Croom, UT Martin contract coordinator, and Dr. Malcolm Koch, UT Martin Center for International Education executive director.”
Hoyer is a UT Martin associate professor of communications.
Hoyer, whose counterparts at London Metropolitan University are Jeremy Baker, graduate professor in public relations, and Gareth Thompson, senior lecturer, said the students will be involved in taking classes as exchange students enrolled at London Metropolitan University and also participating in student and cultural activities made available through interaction with the students and faculty.
“Many opportunities are available with the close proximity of cultural attractions at the university,” Hoyer said. “The exchange will allow the students to experience education in public relations in a totally different culture and context. It will help them realize how small the world really is and help motivate them to have aspirations that can take place on a global stage.”
In addition to the student exchange program, faculty from both universities are involved in cooperative research, and the pact offers the possibility of faculty exchanges.
Koch added that this exchange program with London Metropolitan “is an excellent addition to our current strong list of bilateral programs. London is a much sought-after exchange location. The groundwork, which Dr. Hoyer has done, will result in many unique opportunities for both our students and our faculty.”