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Consul General of Kenya Praises TWU's
Cross-Cultural Leadership

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Ruth Anaya with her husband Petra in Muhanda, Kenya during TWU's 2011 travel study
(Photo: Tara Petriw).

When TWU professor Ruth Anaya is at home in Langley, she’s dreaming about other countries.  Having visited more than 40 of them (with fond memories of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro), it’s no wonder Ruth found herself a Professor in the field of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Communication at TWU’s School of the Arts, Media and Culture.

Locals of Muhanda, Kenya, call Ruth “daughter of our community,” where she works annually with TWU students and professionals as part of the travel study program she developed for SAMC.  Ruth’s passion is teaching Canadians how to better respond to global and regional social, environmental, and economic challenges present in developing countries.  Through the Kenya travel study and field internship, taking place again in June 2012 with application open to the public, Ruth is doing just that.

TWU’s relationship with Kenya dates back to 2004.  This past November, TWU alumnus and Honorary Consul General to the Republic of Kenya, Imbenzi George, MA, Ph.D. (cand.) visited the campus to speak on the topic, “Kenya’s Transformation.”  The Kenyan Consul, who earned his MA in Leadership from TWU in 2008, has praised TWU’s Kenya travel study program for being different from any other program he has seen or participated in.  According to Imbenzi, Kenya’s government bodies are identifying the impact of development in that area of the country, and of how Canadians and TWU leaders and students have worked together with a Kenyan community.

“This program engages developing countries in a new way,” Imbenzi said of SAMC’s Kenya travel study.  “It’s a holistic approach to making a difference in people’s lives.  When you look at Muhanda, there is a remote community that now has a health clinic, and greenhouses.  Kenyans are able to eat and receive health care, and all of that is a compliment to Kenya travel study program leaders, TWU students—and professionals.”  He adds, “I’ve had colleagues who have actually participated in Ruth’s program.  It’s a testament to the quality of education at TWU.”

SAMC’s travel study programs are open to students from any discipline and to the public.  The Kenya 2012 application deadline is Friday, February 3.  For more information, email samc@twu.ca or visit www.twu.ca/kenya.  Find more travel study opportunities with TWU’s School of the Arts, Media and Culture at www.twu.ca/samc.

Author: Diana Squires

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