University of Oklahoma receives U.S. State Department grants for work in South Asia

by Silas Allen Published: January 4, 2013
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“It was a nice combination, in the end,” he said.

Foote will be meeting a group of Oklahoma media professionals Friday in Bangladesh, where they will spend two weeks visiting a variety of businesses in the country.

After that visit, Foote will go to Pakistan to lay the groundwork for the college's project there. OU will be assisting the University of Gujrat as it develops and expands its Center for Media and Communication Studies, including establishing a television station.

The grant will allow OU to bring faculty from the University of Gujrat to visit Oklahoma, Foote said. OU faculty will offer professional development for the university's faculty and technical expertise, he said, as well as general support for whatever needs the university has.

The Gaylord College has worked with media professionals from Bangladesh and other South Asian countries, including India, Nepal and Pakistan, for the past eight years. During that project, OU has brought about 250 South Asian media professionals and entrepreneurs to Norman, Foote said.

“It's been a way to spur economic ties between Oklahoma and Bangladesh and create some partnerships where none existed before,” Foote said.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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