Visitor from Liberia – January 14th, 2013

John Oliphant, the clinical coordinator for RIT’s physician assistant program, recently visited the African country of Liberia to do a needs assessment of healthcare and higher education and to explore possible strategic partnerships for RIT. During this visit, he had the opportunity to meet John S. Flomo, Ph.D. Flomo is currently a professor at the University of Liberia and has been asked by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (a recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize) to be the first president of Bong County Technical College in the city of Grbanga. This new college is currently being constructed and is in the process of completing its administrative and academic buildings. The campus is expected to be completed by this month with the first cohort of students enrolling next fall. It will be the first Liberian college to offer various engineering degrees.

Professor Flomo visited RIT and had the chance to meet with various department chairs and deans in Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the College of Applied Science and Technology. The main focus of his visit was to learn about best practices in engineering curriculum development, as well as alternative sources of energy independent from a central grid. (Pictured: John Flomo and John Oliphant)

Global Conversations: China – January 15th, 2013

This forum, the third in the Global Conversations series, focused on the developments of new and exciting partnerships in China.

Attendees were fortunate to have a diverse panel: Lorraine Justice, dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, dt ogilvie, dean of the E. Philip Saunders College of Business (SCB), Quiang (John) Tu, associate dean of SCB and James DeCaro, professor and former director of PEN-International, a multinational partnership of colleges and universities. With record attendance, the presenters talked about their experiences in their own fields in mainland China and Hong Kong.

Professor DeCaro talked about the importance of understanding the culture before initiating any type of collaboration; while John Tu shared his journey from Jiaotong University to RIT and back by establishing an exchange program with his alma mater. Lorraine Justice discussed what art and design means to a non-westerner and how this has fueled her research and the creation of the East-West Center for Design. (Pictured: Associate Provost of Interntional Education and Global Programs James Myers and panelists).

"Working with Multilingual Writers" workshop by Paul Kei Matsuda, Ph.D. – February 1st, 2013

This workshop was coordinated by Michael Starenko and David Martins. Its main goal was to increase awareness of nonnative English users in U.S. higher education. This shed new light on how to better facilitate learning for these students and how to alleviate some of the issues students face in courses where writing is used as a mode of learning and assessment.

This workshop was sponsored in part by the Office of International Education and Global Programs.

Global Conversations: Fulbright – February 5th, 2013

This forum was led by Clarence Sheffield, Angela Kelley, William Osterman (CIAS), Jessica Lieberman (CLA/CIAS), Peter Lalley (COS) and Jenny Sullivan (Office of International Education and Global Programs), who shared their experiences with colleagues and students in hopes of encouraging them to apply to the prestigious Fulbright program. We were lucky to have former Fulbright scholars, members of the Fulbright Committee at RIT and the National Fulbright committee among our presenters. (Pictured: Fulbright forum participants).

The Office for International Education and Global Programs Welcomes 12 Students from our Global Campuses!

During the weeks of Febuary 25 and March 5, we welcomed 12 students from our global campuses participating in the Study Abroad at RIT program for spring quarter. We have 4 students from our campus in Zagreb; 2 from Dubrovnik; 1 from the American University in Kosovo; and 3 from Dubai. We are happy to have them here and we are excited to have the opportunity to make them feel part of the RIT community and show them what upstate New York has to offer. (Pictured: Study abroad students visiting the Corning Museum of Glass).

Global Conversations: Japan – March 19th, 2013.

This forum highlighted to RIT faculty the teaching and research opportunities in Japan. It also introduced to the audience the resources, facilities and opportunities associated with our partners in these regions. The forum was led by professors Hiroko Yamashita, Masako Murakami, Andres L. Carrano and Michael Richmond.

The participants shared a wide array of experiences originated from research during sabbatical, to Japanese government sponsored research partnerships to faculty led study abroad programs. (Pictured: Global Conversations forum).

Please come join us for our last Global Conversation of the current academic year:

Middle East & Turkey
Tuesday, April 23
SAU 1829 room 1:00pm-2:30pm.

Passport Drive

Study Abroad & Fellowships hosted a Passport Drive on March 6, 2013, in the Fireside Lounge. The Monroe County Clerk’s Office processed 75 applications for passports on behalf of RIT students, staff and faculty as well as their families. In total, over 80 people attended the event.

Students Return from Study Abroad

Fifty RIT students studied abroad during the winter quarter on programs of varying lengths. Of these students, 24 studied at our Global Campuses. Other popular locations for international study this winter were Bonaire in the Netherland Antilles, Japan, Ghana, New Zealand and Italy. (Pictured: Global finance students at RIT Dubai)

Student Successes

Study Abroad Alumni and active peer mentor Avani Sudhakar has been awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University’s chemistry and chemical biology (CCB) program. Avani graduates in May with a BS in biochemistry. She says, "My study abroad experience was pretty influential in getting me where I am right now – the classes I took at Cambridge University are what got me interested in biochemistry…" We are very proud of Avani’s accomplishment and to have worked with her over the past three years. Peer mentors share their experiences and excitement with students as ambassadors for our office at various Study Abroad & Fellowships events.

Study Abroad & Fellowships would like to congratulate RIT’s most recent scholarship winners. Students Kathryn Przybyszewski and Coty Saxman have been selected as recipients of $1,250 scholarships through the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE). Kathryn will use her scholarship during a summer program in London, England, and Coty will use his in Tokyo, Japan. (Pictured: Avani Sudhakar)

Language Lab

The Language Lab is open to all RIT students, staff and faculty and is located in Constellation Commons for Global Learning. Constellation Commons is located on the second level above the Cantina and Grille, overlooking the Global Village plaza. The languages available are French, Russian, German, Spanish, Croatian, Albanian, Japanese, Arabic and Italian! The spring quarter hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Please help to spread the word about this great resource.

Friends of Study Abroad

The Study Abroad & Fellowships Office relies on faculty, staff and alumni of study abroad to encourage students to explore the world around them and step out of their comfort zones. "Friends of Study Abroad" make up a network of people who enthusiastically support international education and global programs at RIT. You can become a "Friend of Study Abroad" and periodically receive information about programs and events hosted by our office. Our hope is that you will enhance your knowledge and forward pertinent information to your student constituents. Please reach out to Study Abroad & Fellowships if you would like to be included on our list of "Friends of Study Abroad."

Please encourage students to become fans of RIT Study Abroad on Facebook for consistent up-to-date event and information session details.