The Big Picture
China, Jordan, and Ukraine may not seem to have much in common, but for two years they have been linked through at least one avenue: BYU. To become better known and understood in the international arena, the university has targeted these three countries to be part of BYU’s “Special Country Focus” (SCF).
The general goal of the SCF is “to coordinate the activities of various departments and schools on campus in order to make the most of our international contacts,” explained Eric Hyer, China program coordinator. “The hope is to eventually have one person generally overseeing all international projects for each country—not to control things necessarily, but create a consistent approach, help coordinate relations, and act as a resource.” Hyer continued, “We would like people to understand the vision. They will often be more successful in international initiatives if they go through the SCF program.” Those interested in working within China, Jordan, or Ukraine should contact the coordinator.
For example, during President Merrill J. Bateman’s recent China visit, Hyer scheduled meetings for him with influential people. Afterward, Hyer learned of others who would have appreciated such a meeting, but since he was not aware of their desire to make connections in China, they missed out on those opportunities.