Multinational Delegation Looks Behind the Scenes of UC
Professors, directors, and officers of universities of different countries receive an overview of the UC administration while at UCLA.
Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2003
UCLA — An 18-member multinational delegation arrived for a tour of UCLA on Monday, March 10, as part of a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The group was given an introduction to the University of California system, and met with Dr. Victoria Sork, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Academic Initiatives, and Keith Parker, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Government and Community Relations.
Members of the delegation included professors, directors, and officers who came from universities of Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Thailand, Burma), Central America (Mexico, El Salvador, Jamaica), Eastern Europe (FYRO Macedonia, Slovak Republic), Africa (Senegal, Ethiopia, Liberia, Swaziland, Democratic Republic of the Congo), and Samoa. They were part of the multi-regional project “University Administration,” which lasted from February 20 to March 13, and included UCLA as part of the program.
During their tour of UCLA, Dr. Sork briefed members of the delegation on the operations of the UC system. This included an overview of its history, goals, and structure; the challenges facing the UC; and the relationship between the UC and all levels of the California state government. She called attention to the University's work in building ties with community members and organizations and in using volunteers to expand the range of its work.
Dr. Sork spent a good deal of time on the University's financial and political relationship with the elected leaders of the State of California. She noted that while UCLA is nominally a state university, that it receives only 22% of its funding from the state government and relies heavily on fund raising from private sources. She pointed to the negative impact of recently enacted term limits in the State Legislature, which has meant fewer long-term relationships with legislators and a lack of familiarity with UCLA issues.
The “University Administration” project is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.