Thursday, March 7, 2024

Join International Programs for a special WorldCanvass event entitled “Connecting Iowa with the World and the World with Iowa” on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. (CDT). This event will be streamed virtually over Zoom.

View program details and register here

Iowa and Kosovo have enjoyed decades of international cooperation and are well-established sister states. Building upon that foundation, the University of Iowa (UI), Iowa State University (ISU), and the Kosova Education Center (KEC) are collaborating on a $3.9 million USAID-funded cooperative agreement (the Activity) to develop private sector partnerships that will strengthen higher education.

In the opening segment, WorldCanvass guests from Iowa and Kosovo will discuss how, through the Activity, they are working to strengthen partnerships between the private sector and academic institutions, and how they are supporting the development of market-oriented and experiential learning approaches in both the information and communication technology and agriculture sectors in Kosovo.

The program concludes with a celebration of UI Global Student Awardees Katherine Lyu and Amira Nash, whose extraordinary commitment to international education has enriched both the UI campus and Iowa's global reputation.


  • Russell Ganim, associate provost and dean of International Programs, University of Iowa
  • Cassie Barnhardt, associate professor of higher education and student affairs, University of Iowa, program director for the Activity
  • Curt Youngs, distinguished professor of animal science, M.E. Ensminger Endowed Chair of International Animal Agriculture, Iowa State University, and senior agricultural technical specialist for the Activity
  • Eli Gashi, chief of party for the Activity
  • Zoie Schares, project manager, University of Iowa  
  • Ardi Mejzini, communication manager for the Activity
  • Katherine Lyu, undergraduate student, University of Iowa, and Global Student Awardee
  • Amira Nash, graduate student, University of Iowa, and Global Student Awardee


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Daniel Vorwerk in advance at 319-467-1619 or

International Programs (IP) at the University of Iowa (UI) is committed to enriching the global experience of UI students, faculty, staff, and the general public by leading efforts to promote internationally oriented teaching, research, creative work, and community engagement.  IP provides support for international students and scholars, administers scholarships and assistance for students who study, intern, or do research abroad, and provides funding opportunities and grant-writing assistance for faculty engaged in international research. IP shares their stories through various media, and by hosting multiple public engagement activities each year.