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Claflin University President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale is promoting the institution’s global initiatives during a trip to Berlin, Germany.

Tisdale is one of 15 university and college presidents from the U.S. in Berlin this week for the inaugural Study Abroad Leadership Workshop for Minority Serving Institutions sponsored by The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and the Council on International Educational Exchange.

“I greatly appreciate The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and the Council on International Education Exchange for inviting me to Berlin, Germany to be part of this international exchange of ideas,” said Tisdale, who is in his 21st year as president at Claflin University.

“This is very consistent with Claflin’s focus on global engagement, which includes study abroad and exchange opportunities for students and faculty,” he said.

The workshop will include presentations and research on the importance of exposing MSI students to a global education and provide guidance on overcoming the barriers of cost, curriculum and culture to help formulate a new agenda around studying abroad.

“I am hopeful we will discuss new ideas and strategies and uncover new resources to increase and support study abroad opportunities for more of our students at Claflin,” Tisdale said.

In addition to the workshop, Tisdale will attend CIEE’s annual conference --

The Reinvention of Study Abroad: Setting the Course for 2020. The CIEE is a recognized leader in international and educational exchange programs.

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Located at the University of Pennsylvania, The CMSI serves as a repository for research, data, best practices, emerging innovations and ideas related to Minority Serving Institutions.

Under Tisdale’s leadership, Claflin has established faculty and student exchange programs with universities in Brazil, Kenya, Portugal, China and Taiwan.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Claflin students participated in study abroad programs in Great Britain, Brazil, India, Japan, Columbia, Argentina, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Australia and China.

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