Amy Christensen Represents CNM in Sister Cities Delegation

March 23, 2016 -- Amy Christensen, Associate Dean in the School of Adult and General Education, represented CNM in a Sister Cities delegation to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan March 13-17.
March 23, 2016

Ashgabat, the capital city of Turkmenistan, means “Place of Love” and is located between the Kopet Dag Mountains and the Turkmenbashi Canal. This oasis city in the Karakum Desert is on the ancient Silk Route. It is in one of the southernmost former Soviet Republics, just north of Iran and Afghanistan. The population of Ashgabat is similar to Albuquerque which became Sister Cities in 1990.

 Besides Christensen, the delegation also consisted of Dr. Yu-Lin Shen, Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico and Russ Fisher-Ives, Director of RoboRAVE International and President of Inquiry Facilitators, Inc. The delegation was funded by the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat It was designed to seek partnerships between CNM, UNM and universities in Ashgabat.  Meetings were held between administration and faculty as well as with the Ministry of Education to discuss ideas for future cooperation. 

In addition, Christensen conducted various presentations to students and faculty at the International University for Humanities and Development on the community college system in the United States with an emphasis on CNM in particular.  She also presented information about Albuquerque and CNM at the Embassy’s Information Resource Center. 

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There may be opportunities in the future for CNM faculty to teach a semester in Ashgabat.  Interested faculty should contact the Global Education office at for more information.