The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) hosted eight Fulbright Scholars from Lebanon for a 10-week training program in rural and economic development during summer 2016. The scholars' visit and program was coordinated by the ACES Office of International Programs.
The junior faculty level scholars benefited from research mentoring provided by University of Illinois faculty as well as instructional training for teaching provided by the University of Illinois’ Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL). They also attended cultural events and interacted with campus administration and community groups to gain a fuller understanding of American society and of our institutions of higher education.
The scholars, who departed September 14, said they now consider themselves “ambassadors for the University of Illinois.” They created a video as a thanks and tribute to their time here at Illinois.
This year’s mentors were: Dr. Arnab Chakraborty, Dr. Mindy Mallory, Dr. Atival Livny, Dr. Nick Paulson, Dr. Ben Crost, Dr. Dave Rosch, Dr. Noah Isserman, Dr. Carolos Torelli, and Dr. Bruce Lichtfield.
The College of ACES previously hosted Fulbright scholars from Libya during the summer of 2013 and Fulbright scholars from Lebanon during the summer of 2015.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given over 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Article submitted by Leslie Myrick, 217-244-5373
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