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Friday, August 19, 2005

Saudi Arabian University's rules at Virginia Polytechnic Institute

To accommodate classes from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University this summer, the state-supported school in Blacksburg has made an ignominious return to the days of separate but equal. The Saudi school paid Tech some $246,000 to design and run a six-week faculty development program in English instruction and computer skills in Virginia. But in keeping with King Abdulaziz University’s preference, the 30 men and 30 women are being taught in gender-segregated classrooms.

(Burruss Hall at VTech)

How did this happen in a school that proudly touts its non-discrimination policies? Virginia Tech’s provost, Mark McNamee, says it wasn’t Tech’s decision. Saudi administrators in charge of the program opened two sections of the same course and assigned faculty members to each one based on gender. Defenders of the summer segregation at Tech say the school should accommodate cultural differences of the country paying for the program, and that if Tech didn’t make allowances for Saudi gender discrimination, other universities would have. Read More ....

Source: The Virginian Pilot | reBlogged By: News Blog re-Blog
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