Journal Record Staff Reporter
A program to bring Soviet aviation industry managers to
Oklahoma City University for intensive training in 1989 has
blossomed into a major field of study in two countries.
Creation of the Russian-American College between OCU and
Moscow State University branch at Ulyanovsk was finalized in
June, with first students expected to enroll this fall.
Under the agreement, Russian students will study three years
in Ulyanovsk, then come to OCU for one year and return to their
home school for a final year of study. Upon completion, students
will receive bachelor's degrees from both universities.
The program is geared to accept 20 students annually, with
nine of them coming to Oklahoma City each year. First Russian
students in the program are expected to arrive in Oklahoma City
for the 1997-1998 school year, said Virginia Walker, director of
OCU's Russian programs.
"Our agreement says that eight of the students will be funded
by the (Russian) government, and OCU will provide a full
scholarship for one of them," she said.
It took two years to hammer out the agreement after Dr. Jerald
Walker, OCU president and husband of Virginia Walker, first met
with officials of the Moscow State University branch.
"We had teams working on the curriculum, studying their (the
Russian school's) programs to ensure that what they completed
there would be transferrable to our program," Virginia Walker
The agreement was signed in June when Jerald Walker was
commencement speaker at the branch's 1995 graduation ceremony.
Students who start their education in Ulyanovsk will receive a
bachelor's degree in business from both OCU and Moscow State
University. American students who start their education at OCU
will receive a business degree with a minor in Russian studies.
While the Russian students will cover mainly business in their
courses, OCU students going to Russia will study the history of
Russia, Russian literature, Russian philosophy, economics and
business in Russia, and the Russian mind.
The agreement calls for OCU students to spend one school year
in Ulyanovsk and three years at OCU.
A faculty exchange also is part of the agreement.
"All the classes will be taught in English at both campuses,"
Educational offerings and faculty and student exchanges also
could be increased under the agreement. …