It may seem strange to present an annual report about anything global in a year where we have been so restricted in our travel and separated for so long from our family and friends. Though the pandemic has certainly disrupted our goals and plans for international education and global programs, it has not stopped RIT Tigers from engaging with other cultures and working on solving some of the world's biggest challenges.
RIT Global’s Mission
Rochester Institute of Technology is emerging into one of the world’s most innovative, agile, diverse, and forward-thinking universities. At RIT we are committed to expanding opportunities for global education, international connections, work experience and cultural exchanges.
RIT Kosovo’s Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Kamal Shahrabi as RIT Kosovo’s new president on Monday, June 1. Shahrabi has served as the dean of faculty since 2018, as an interim president since 2019, and will assume RIT Kosovo’s top post on July 1.
Victoria Maung ’20 MFA (medical illustration) is capping her college career with a Fulbright grant that will give her an international experience and a connection to her Southeast Asian roots.
With the help of RIT Global, Maung, from San Francisco, Calif., won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach high school in Malaysia. The program runs from January to October 2021, and Maung is hopeful international travel restrictions will be eased by next year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Student SpotlightElectrical Engineering
Studied in Dubai, UAE
As a STEM major, I chose to study abroad because I wanted to experience a different culture. As an electrical engineering major, I could potentially work in a field where I'll be creating tech that may impact the world. Because of that, I think it's important to understand more about the world before figuring out how to help make it a better place.
Student SpotlightASL-English Interpretation; Applied Arts & Sciences
Studied in Tokyo, Japan (The Deaf Community in Japan Faculty-Led Program)
Studied in Paris, France (Deaf Studies & Transatlantic Roots in France Faculty-Led Program)
As a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) awardee, Sarah will be studying Chinese language at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan in summer 2021.
Student SpotlightBiomedical Sciences
Studied in London, England & Paris France
RIT Affiliate Program (CIEE)
I’ve always been drawn to travel and learning about other countries. One memory that sticks out for me was when I was about 12. I went to an overnight camp that had an exchange with a school from Spain, so there were some Spanish kids at the camp which was exciting for me. I had never met anyone from Spain before, so it felt like a window into a world I hadn’t thought about before. One of the camp counselors told me about study abroad, and it’s been on my mind ever since.
Student SpotlightApplied Mathematics
Studied in Dublin, Ireland
University College Dublin (Arcadia)
I have always wanted to study abroad. Sometimes it can be seem difficult for STEM majors because there are certain classes that you must take at a certain time, but I wasn't going to let that stop me.
Faculty SpotlightProfessor, Department Head, Management, IB & Entrepreneurship
I have taught at RIT’s campuses in Kosovo and Dubai and I have also taught in Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, and some other countries. I hope to teach at the RIT campus in Zagreb, Croatia in the future. I have always felt very welcome and appreciated by my International students. Many of them continue to stay in touch with me. The students at RIT’s global campuses are very interested in studying at RIT’s main campus and they want to meet more professors and students from the main campus.
Faculty SpotlightProfessor, College of Imaging Arts and Science
As both an educator and a professional I have had a number of international experiences. Together theses inform my way of thinking and teaching. As a professor in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences I bring my experiences in a global society directly into my classroom.
Faculty SpotlightSenior Lecturer
RIT has been a special place for me to enhance both my own international experiences and even more so those of my students in the School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation. During many teaching assignments back-and-forth to Croatia, I was able to experience students studying abroad at both campuses. It was exciting to see students return from Croatia having a new appreciation and understanding of Mediterranean tourism, post-war hotel development, and the role of the European Union in a transitional economy.
Faculty SpotlightAssociate Professor and Associate Graduate Coordinator Computer Science
I have been privileged to have a wide variety of international experience throughout my personal and professional life, and to be able to share these experiences with my students. As a researcher in robotics, a truly global field, I have traveled to conferences in Japan and across Europe, and have co-authored papers with colleagues in Japan and Australia.