(Nov. 20, 2009)--Rodofo Rosales, UTSA associate professor of political science and geography, recently was the keynote speaker at a symposium in Kumamoto, Japan.
Sponsored by the University of Kumamoto College of Culture and Science and the Faculty of Law, Rosales spoke on "Community As the Material Basis for Citizenship: Community Politics in the Context of the Market Economy."
His presentation provided a historical and political analysis of San Antonio's organizational infrastructure and traced how the community has dealt with or failed to deal with market forces that tend to undermine community participation in governance.
"I was received very well by the Japanese academicians who invited me and had one of the most incredible experiences of my life," said Rosales.
While in Japan, Rosales traveled to the small community of Yufuin at the foot of Mt. Yufu, where he met with city council members and community activists working to protect the environment and to manage the influence of outside investors.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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