Studying abroad provides the opportunity to take education out of the classroom and into the world. Students are able to learn from different cultures, find new interests, serve, improve language skills, make lifelong friends and become more prepared to help solve future global challenges.
Southern Utah University’s Office of Learning Abroad gives students the chance to expand their horizons with hundreds of trips to destinations around the world. This year, students will be studying in Peru, Germany, Swaziland, and Japan, to name a few.
Dr. Angela Pool-Funai, the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program and Assistant Professor of Public Administration at SUU, recently led a Study Abroad trip to the United Kingdom.
“The goal of this year’s study abroad trip was to examine the changing role of public policy throughout the UK, with particular attention to higher education and regional government, in light of the Brexit decision.”
The group started in Belfast, Northern Ireland, then ventured to Edinburgh, Scotland; Cardiff, Wales; and London, England.
“Students learned about the far-reaching significance of the impending Brexit decision, ranging from tensions concerning the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to the tuition structure of many UK universities, which currently offer greatly discounted fees to students from fellow EU countries. Leaving the EU will have tremendous administrative ramifications throughout the UK public and private sectors.”
The entire trip offered students the chance to not only delve deeper into their concentration area but also to see how the various aspects of public administration work in concert with one another.
“One of the most eye-opening aspects of the trip involved the election processes designed to accommodate multiple political parties throughout the UK, in contrast to the United States’ overarching two-party system. Voters typically have two votes to cast: one for a particular candidate and one for a political party. Elected officials are then divvied up proportionally, based on both categories of ballots.”
Dr. Pool-Funai serves on the board of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service and the American Society for Public Administration - Utah Council. She is also a member of the American Political Science Association and National Society for Experiential Education. She is familiar with the media and available for an interview. Simply visit her profile.
Angela Pool-Funai Director of the Master of Public Administration Program
Specializing in experiential learning, fund-raising, and grant writing in higher education