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AAMU, UoC Officials Sign Agreement

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AAMU-Curacao Agreement Team: (l-r) Dr. Kevin Rolle, AAMU executive vice president and chief operating officer; Ashley Simmons, director of international programs, AAMU; Dr. Francis de Lanoy, rector, UoC; Sharine Isabella, quality assurance manager, UoC; and Dr. Larry McDaniel, associate professor of management and marketing, AAMU.



Alabama A&M University officials recently signed an agreement with a Caribbean institution of higher education that could open the door for joint research and other projects.


AAMU and the University of Curacao (UoC) in Willemstad, Curacao, have established a formal agreement to explore academic exchanges, joint research, and other cooperative activities between the two schools.


Dr. Kevin Rolle, AAMU executive vice president and chief operating officer; Dr. Larry McDaniel, associate professor and chair of the Department of Management and Marketing; and Ashley Simmons, director of international programs at AAMU, recently made a week-long visit to the campus on the island nation, where Rolle and Dr. Francis de Lanoy, rector of the University of Curacao, signed the agreement.


The institutions will explore areas such as joint meetings and conferences, academic exchanges involving undergraduate and graduate students, and mutual research activities. The agreement also calls for the University of Curacao to send students to AAMU.


Moreover, the universities will also explore opportunities for their respective faculty members and administrators to be in residence at the other institution for the purpose of lecturing, conducting research, and honing their academic and administrative skills.


“This agreement represents the beginning of many new opportunities for our faculty and students to collaborate in research, international study programs, academic conferences, and other exchange programs,” said Dr. McDaniel.


Founded in 1970, the University of Curacao, is the country’s sole institution of higher learning.  In addition to strong programs in the humanities and social sciences, the University has many notable strengths in the natural sciences, engineering, and business.  It also has a robust international network of partners in research and teaching.


For more information about the exchange program, contact the Office of International Programs at (256) 372-5418 or e-mail


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