Pacific McGeorge law students participated in the school's first summer program in Uganda. Eleven Pacific students and 12 students from Uganda participated in the three-week program that combines classroom and hands-on experience in the Ugandan legal sector.

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Pacific's Global Influence Expands This Summer with New International Programs

A new legal immersion program in Uganda and educational exchange programs that brought visitors to Pacific from Turkey and China add to Pacific's widening international scope
Aug 12, 2013

Each year, numerous study abroad programs, international outreach programs and international exchange programs take Pacific faculty and students to the far reaches of the globe and bring students, faculty and administrators from other countries to Pacific. New programs this summer continue to build on Pacific's widening international influence.

Studying Law in Uganda

Pacific McGeorge School of Law launched a new legal immersion program in Uganda this summer. Professor Linda Carter conceived and directed the three-week program that combines classroom instruction and internships with judges in the Ugandan High Court. The program was developed in partnership with the International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE)  based in Kampala. Eleven Pacific McGeorge students participated in the program. In addition, 12 Ugandan law students took part in the seminar portion of the program. 

During the experiential component, the students interned with judges in the Kampala High Court in Land, Civil, Criminal, Anti-Corruption, and International Crimes Divisions. Working with a specific judge, they researched issues in pending cases or conducted general research on issues that often arise in the Court. Four of the students stayed to participate in a seven-week Field Placement program in Kampala with internships at either the High Court or with an NGO. 

"The Uganda Practicum program was nothing short of outstanding," said Kristin Capritto. "There is simply no way to adequately convey how powerful and enriching our time there was. I feel more prepared to enter the practice of law at a time when lawyers find themselves required to engage persons, laws, and governments on a global stage, and more importantly, my heart and spirit have been changed forever." Read more >>

Turkish Dental Students Visit Dental School

Also this summer, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry played host to a group of dental students from Turkey who came to learn about U.S. dental programs, observe clinics and meet with students and faculty.

The students from Hacettepe University Faculty of Dentistry in Ankara, Turkey, were on the San Francisco campus during the last two weeks of July. The group was invited by Dr. Nader Nadershahi, executive associate dean and associate dean for academic affairs, who met with faculty, students and staff on a visit to Hacettepe University last year.

Second- and third-year dental students hosted the visitors through their itinerary, which included tours of the school and clinics, a meeting with the dean, participation in classes and lectures, and observations of students and faculty delivering care to patients.   

Chinese Graduate Students Attend Pacific Communications Institute 

Adding to the increasing number of exchange programs between Pacific and universities throughout the burgeoning nation of China, nearly two dozen graduate students from Communications University of China in Beijing attended the Pacific International Journalism Institute July 25-30. Communications University is considered "a cradle of China's radio and television talents."  

During the week, they participated in several sessions on modern Western and American journalism presented by Pacific professors Qingwen Dong, Alan Ray and Dave Frederickson, graduate student Stephanie Morris and the senior editor of the Sacramento Bee's opinion pages, Dan Morain. The program also included a daylong field trip to view activity at a newsroom at a large daily newspaper, a television news set, a radio broadcast studio, and to take a tour of the State Capitol.  

The Institute was organized by Dr. Dong, chair of the Communication Department, along with Ge-Yao Liu, director of International Programs and Services.