The science behind the flavor of whiskey was the topic that Dr. Regan Silvestri, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at LCCC, addressed at a seminar at the Zealand Institute of Business and Technology in Denmark, which attracted both college students and members of the community.
The trip was made possible through the Erasmus+ program. Dr. Silvestri spoke at two different campuses at the Zealand Institute of Business and Technology, an international partner of LCCC. He spoke at the Roskilde campus on March 27, and on March 28, he spoke at the Slagelse campus.
“The real underlying purpose of my trip is that we are setting up student exchange programs with them,” said Dr. Silvestri. Students will be able to attend the Zealand Institute of Business and Technology for one semester, fully funded by the Erasmus+ grant, an academic program provided by the European Union. Likewise, students from the Zealand Institute of Business and Technology will be able to spend a semester at LCCC.
Another reason Dr. Silvestri traveled to Denmark was to figure out what time was best for LCCC students to go there. The Zealand Institute curriculum follows a 2 1/2 year, five semester schedule, and with that in mind, he calculated the best time for LCCC students to transfer there would be at the start of the third semester.
While the curricula at both schools are similar, the Zealand Institute’s curriculum is more practical than LCCC’s. While LCCC’s associates program is two years long, the Zealand Institute’s associates program for chemistry lasts 2 1/2 years, comprised of 1 1/2 years of class work (mainly lab work) and a one year internship.
“Right now, students are like, okay, the exchange is available to me. When is the best time to do that? How do I do that? What credits do I get? What classes do I take? What applies to my degree?” said Dr. Silvestri. He plans to develop a package containing the answers to all of these questions, making it easier for students to engage in the program.
During the first week of May, Sabrina Lykkeyaard, director of international initiatives at the Zealand Institute of Business and Technology, will visit LCCC to help establish the exchange program. It will be determined at that time which majors and degrees will be included in the program.
LCCC and the Zealand Institute currently share a memorandum of understanding. This memorandum provides a framework for students to study abroad and have the classes count toward their degree. But after the details of the exchange program are addressed at the May meeting, the process to put the program into effect should move efficiently. The program will permit even more LCCC and Zealand Institute students to study abroad.
“I hope more faculty take advantage of opportunities to travel abroad,” said Dr. Karin Hooks, Ph.D., the director of international initiatives at LCCC. When faculty members travel to other institutions, it helps build relationships and increases global awareness. A portion of LCCC’s classes have an international component integrated into them, and when any of the faculty of those classes travels, it will give them a deeper cultural experience that they can impart to their students. “It’s a means of building relationships with faculty abroad, and then enhance our learning by sharing our knowledge,” said Dr. Hooks.