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GGC, Lilburn to partner with Kosovo city for exchange students

Officials from Georgia Gwinnett College, the city of Lilburn and the city of Suhareka, Kosovo, gather to celebrate their involvement in a sister city program. Two students from Kosovo will attend GGC this fall. (Special Photo)

Officials from Georgia Gwinnett College, the city of Lilburn and the city of Suhareka, Kosovo, gather to celebrate their involvement in a sister city program. Two students from Kosovo will attend GGC this fall. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Two exchange students will enroll in classes this fall at Georgia Gwinnett College as part of a “sister cities” partnership with the city of Lilburn and Suhareka, Kosovo.

GGC recently hosted a meeting between the three groups to work with a group called Sister Cities International, which creates “relationships based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges,” according to its website. The group also calls the work “citizen diplomacy” to provide prosperity and peace.

“Georgia Gwinnett is committed to providing our students with opportunities to engage in the global community,” said Anthony Pinder, director of the Office of Internationalization. “For almost 60 years, the Sister Cities program has provided entire communities with such opportunities. We are pleased to partner with Mayor Johnny Crist and the city of Lilburn on their program with Suhareka, and particularly excited to participate in one of the first Sister City programs for a Gwinnett County community.”

Last year, the Kosovo government sponsored 30 high school students for a U.S. cultural exchange experience in Gwinnett, when they visited GGC and other local colleges. The students enrolling this fall were part of that Kosovo high school delegation. Plans are underway for a similar program where a new group of 30 students may spend time at GGC.