Global Partner Day 2017

The University of Arizona Office of Global Initiatives is excited to be hosting our Third UA Global Partner Day event on May 26, 2017 preceding the NAFSA conference happening in Los Angeles, California. We invite you to join us in Tucson, Arizona for a day of sessions, tours and conversation. This event will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the UA campus and opportunities to expand our partnerships. Registration is now open here.

Accommodations can be booked at the Tucson University Park hotel by contacting Natalia at or at 1-520-629-2819. Please reference group name OGI- Global Partner Day

Over the coming months we will keep you updated on the sessions and schedule of events. If you have any questions about UA Global Partner Day, please email us at

In addition to Global Partner Day 2017 in Tucson, Arizona, the University of Arizona will also be hosting UA in LA during the NAFSA conference in Los Angeles. Join us at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Wednesday, May 31 from 6:30pm to 8pm for food, drinks and a chance to visit with members of the UA Global team. Please register here.

Check out the video below from our 2016 Global Partner Day event.


The outlined agenda below will be updated with specific session and tour information as it becomes available.

Thursday, May 25

4:00 PM - 6:00 PMWelcome Reception at the UA Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
(a guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel at 3:45pm)
6:00 PMdinner on your own

Friday, May 26

7:15 AM - 8:15 AMBeat the Heat!  Optional Campus Tour
(a guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel)
8:15 AM - 9:00 AMContinental Breakfast
(Courtyard ENR2 Building)
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Welcome to the UA 
Andrew Comrie, PhD, Sr VP for Academic Affairs and Provost and
Suzanne Panferov, PhD  Interim Vice President, Global Initiatives
ENR2 Bldg, Haury Lecture Hall, Room S107
9:10 AM - 9:55 AMKeynote Address (same room)
"Global Entrepreneurship Education"
Remy Arteaga, M.B.A., Director, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship
9:55 AM - 10:10 AMCoffee Break (Room S225)
10:10 AM - 10:55 AM"Tech.Global: Partnerships, Technology & Mobility"  (Room S225)
Ash Scheder Black, Data Scientist
Executive Director, Tech.Global, Global Initiatives
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM"What We Know and What We Need to Learn" (Room S225)
Gary Rhoades, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education
Professor, Head, Educational Policy Studies & Practice
12 NOON - 1:30 PMLuncheon Presentation  (Room S215)
"The Micro-Campus Model for Cross Border Education"
Brent White, J.D., Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of East Asian Studies
Vice Provost, International Education
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMTour: Mirror Lab
(a guide will take us on a short walk over to the facility from lunch)
3:30 PM - 4:00 PMTour B:  Villa Del Puente, Residence Hall
(after Mirror Lab tour, a guide will take you to the residence hall)
5:00 PM - 5:30 PMTransportation to Dinner
(meet in hotel lobby; we'll take the SunLink Streetcar to Studio 44) 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PMDinner    
(at Studio 44 downtown Tucson, catered by The Carriage House)


Air Transportation

Tucson is served by eight airlines with daily departures to 15 nonstop destinations, and connections around the world. For the best deals on airfare, visit Tucson airport's airfare portal,

The Tucson International Airport is located approximately 10 miles from the center of town. Transportation options include rental cars, shared ride vans, taxis, hotel shuttles and the city bus.

Rental Cars
Nine rental car agencies are located at Tucson International Airport. Rental car counters and parking garage are located immediately adjacent to the main terminal. more

Shuttles & Limos
All departing luxury cars, shuttles, vans, buses, and taxis are located on the commercial roadway on the lower level in front of the terminal.

Shared-Ride Van Service
Arizona Stagecoach is a shared-ride van service for each arriving flight. Service to all area hotels, resorts, the University of Arizona, and business or residence locations. Ticket counter is located in the Tucson International Airport baggage claim.  Save time, book your reservation online! Phone: (520) 889-1000

Taxis are located on the commercial roadway on the lower level in front of the terminal. Taxis are located on the commercial roadway on the lower level in front of the terminal.

Taxi service from Tucson International Airport is provided by four companies under contract with Tucson Airport Authority. Rates are $4.50 flag drop, $2.25 each mile (about 9 miles to the University of Arizona), and $22.00 per hour waiting time. There is no extra charge for baggage or more than one person going to the same location.   The State of Arizona does not regulate ground transportation at the airport. Ground transportation operators are, however, required to meet certain standards of operation and service pursuant to Tucson Airport Authority Commercial Ground Transportation Rules and Regulations. Although rates are not controlled by TAA, taxicab fares are established through a proposal process and operators are obligated to honor the rates published. All other rates posted here are furnished by the company providing the service and are subject to change.

AAA Airport Cabs LLC
Phone: (520) 299-8294

Discount Cabs
Phone: (520) 388-9000 

Flash Cab
Phone: (520) 798-1111

Yellow Cab
Phone: (520) 624-6611 

Flying to other airports like Sky Harbor or Mesa Gateway in Phoenix and still need to get to Tucson? You can rent a car or free yourself from driving and enjoy the ride with an affordable shuttle service.


Ground Transportation

Amtrak passenger service and major bus lines, such as Greyhound give you non-flying options for traveling to Tucson. For drivers, Tucson is on Interstate 10, the main highway between California and Florida. Tucson is also easily accessible from Mexico via Mexico Federal Highway 15 and US Interstate 19. 

Things to Do in Tucson

Things to do in Tucson:

Biosphere 2 - Visitors can observe nature in a controlled state at this world-famous steel and glass research center where desert, forest, ocean and other ecosystems are monitored and studied.

Downtown Attractions  - Downtown is the historic and cultural heart of Tucson, with ten nearby historic districts, the Arts District, professional theatre, opera, ballet and symphony.  Downtown’s landmarks include the old Pima County Courthouse, St. Agustine Cathedral, Hotel Congress, and two historic train depots.  With unique shopping, restaurants, vintage theaters, bed-and-breakfasts, exciting nightlife, and eclectic architecture. Downtown has great places to explore and enjoy.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - The Desert Museum interprets and showcases the Sonoran Desert region, widely recognized as the lushest desert on earth.  The museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum and aquarium.  It is one of the most respected natural history institutions in the country.

Sabino Canyon - Located in the Catalina Mountains and part of the Coronado National Forest, this beautiful canyon offers outdoor recreation including hiking, swimming, biking and picnicking. 

Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway -  Scenic drive that takes you from the Sonoran Desert to Canadian forest in 26 miles. Scaling over 8,000 feet from the desert floor, this spectacular drive will treat you to gradually changing landscape and breathtaking views.

Pima Air & Space Museum - Be amazed at one of the world's largest aircraft collections: including 2+ hangars of World War II planes, supersonic spyplanes, the world's smallest bi-plane, many other unique private, military and commercial air & spacecraft documenting the evolution of flight.

Houston's Horseback Riding - Come along on a guided horse-back ride on amazing trails in the Saguaro National park where the scenery is inspiring and uniquely Southwest.

4th Avenue Stroll - Stroll Tucson’s unique history tree lined shopping district for the perfect Tucson experience.  With a fun local Tucson vibe, 4th Avenue has great restaurants, interesting shops, art galleries and cafes.

Old Tucson - Old Tucson is where the spirit of the Old West comes alive! In addition to the old movie sets and memorabilia of its rich Western film history, Old Tucson is a premiere attraction in the Southwest to experience what life in the Old West was really like.  

Things to do at the UA:

Arizona State Museum - Experience the enduring cultures of Arizona, the American Southwest, and northern Mexico through dynamic exhibits, engaging programs, and an educational museum store.

Center for Creative Photography - Experience this one-of-a-kind archive, museum and research center dedicated to photography as an art form and cultural record. 

Jim Click Hall of Champions - Live the heritage and rich traditions of Arizona Athletics. Rotating exhibits feature historic moments in UA sports history and the legendary Wildcat student-athletes and coaches who have contributed to Arizona’s tradition of excellence.

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium - Open your mind at Southern Arizona’s only planetarium, with fun and educational programs for everyone. Hands-on exhibits and sky shows highlight the wonders of science, and music laser shows immerse audiences in light and sound.

University of Arizona Museum of Art - The University of Arizona Museum of Art houses wide-ranging collections of over 5,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, with an emphasis on European and American fine art from the Renaissance to the present.

UA Bookstore – It’s so much more than just textbooks! Explore the UA bookstore, your source for everything from best-sellers to officially licensed UA insignia products to unique gifts and books from across the Southwest.

University of Arizona Poetry Center - Discover Arizona’s first literary arts center and internationally renowned library collection of more than 70,000 poetry-related items. 

Recommended Restaurants: 

There are plenty of excellent options in and around the University of Arizona for dining. Whether you are looking for Vietnamese, Modern American, Mexican, or a Pub, it’s all within walking distance.  Find them at Urbanspoon.

Arizona Inn – (Short cab ride or a 25 min walk) The Dining Room provides legendary service in an elegant yet comfortable setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Chef Allison combines classic cuisine with seasonal ingredients and innovative techniques.

El Charro Cafe – (Short cab ride to downtown location) Established in 1922, El Charro Café of Tucson, Arizona is The Nation's Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. Featuring traditional Northern Mexico-Sonoran style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican Food, El Charro Café is truly as Gourmet Magazine wrote: "A Taste Explosion".

Elsewhere around town:

Mi Nidito - Charming little restaurant serving authentic Mexican/Sonoran food. You may have a short wait during peak dining hours, but it’s well worth the wait.  

Café Poca Cosa - Serving an imaginative Mexican cuisine within the confines of a truly upscale, yet casual urban bistro setting.

Vivace - Consistently rated as one of Tucson’s best restaurants, Vivace has a Tuscan décor proving northern Italian fare, thoughtfully prepared with a great wine list.

Wildflower - Featuring an innovative New American Cuisine with updated American classics with European and Asian influence.  The menu changes often to take advantage of the freshest seasonal ingredients available.

Core Kitchen & Wine Bar - An open kitchen, unparalleled views, and Accenture Match Play's home course only yards away invite diners to this intimate destination. The Ritz-Carlton's signature restaurant offers up dishes inspired by the Southwest, including sunchoke soup, beef tenderloin and jumbo prawn, and peaches and cream.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse - With a contemporary twist on the classic steakhouse, Fleming's offers USDA prime steaks, market-fresh seafood, decadent desserts, and award-winning wines. The savory food and wine-pairings list makes ordering easy.