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Features prestigious study opportunity in Germany


NORFOLK, Va. (April 18, 2005) – Tidewater Community College is pleased to announce that Susan M. de Veer, international student services advisor, has been selected for a prestigious Fulbright seminar in Germany this fall. The seminar will be held in Berlin with additional travel and study in Poland, eastern and western Germany. Only 24 people nationwide were selected for this prestigious study opportunity.

The German-American Fulbright Program implements Sen. J. William Fulbright’s visionary concept: The promotion of mutual understanding between countries through academic and bicultural exchange.

“I’m thrilled to participate in the Fulbright Germany Program and look forward to an in-depth cultural experience to learn about German culture and their educational system within the context of the European Union,” says de Veer. “This is a wonderful opportunity to work and exchange ideas with top professionals in international education on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as to serve as an ambassador on behalf of community colleges in the U.S.

“All travel is transformative and serves to remind us of the similarities of our neighbors within the global community. I expect to apply the knowledge and insights I have gained in Germany to further TCC’s goal of internationalization as the national exemplar of a strategic community college in the 21st century,” notes de Veer.

The Fulbright Program has international outreach, providing exchanges between the United States and more than 180 countries and territories worldwide. More than 50 permanent commissions support the work of the Fulbright Program on the binational level, among them the German-American Commission. Annually more than 4,500 scholars, American and foreign, participate in the Fulbright exchange. Since the inception of the Fulbright Program in 1946, it has sponsored over a quarter of a million scholars.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 35,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit