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Prof Participates in the CDS American Educators Study Tour in Germany

Dec. 22, 2006--Marina Onken, an assistant professor of management at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, visited three cities in Germany as part of a study tour sponsored by CDS International, a New York-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting international business training practices and intercultural exchange programs.

Onken, of Hudson, visited Cologne, Bonn, and Berlin in December for nine days along with 9 other invited representatives of the U.S. higher educational system. There, the business tour group learned about Germany's educational and vocational training systems through site visits to institutions, businesses, and government agencies.

Participants also attended lectures on the history, structure, and financing of Germany's dual educational system. In addition, guided tours and cultural excursions in the various cities were provided.

"Involvement in international faculty development programs such as this is of great benefit to the College of Business and Economics as it enhances the international learning experience for UWRF students," said Barbara Nemecek, dean of CBE. "Faculty in these programs study with other faculty and businesses in the countries in which they visit and bring back their observations and experiences to incorporate into the UWRF classroom."

CDS International partnered with InWEnt: Capacity Building International in Germany to create the American Educators Study Tour, which was funded by the German Federal Foreign Ministry.

The goal of the study tour was to offer a practical overview of the German career and technical educational system.

CDS International's mission is to help build the careers of young academic and business professionals. By visiting another country and learning about its educational and vocational systems, these academic professionals can further CDS' mission and enable young adults to gain international experience so they can share their skills with others and continue their own advancement.

To learn more about CDS International's diverse intercultural exchange and study tour programs, please visit .


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