Earlier last year, LRC Director Stéphane Charitos was selected as a recipient of a Fulbright award for the 2013 US-France Fulbright International Education Administrator (FIEA) Program. As part of the award, he spent two weeks in France in October with the other eleven recipients visiting a number of institutions of higher learning and meeting with administrators, faculty, researchers, and students.
The FIEA program is coordinated by Fulbright in six different countries (France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and the UK) and provides award winners to learn about their host country’s education system, helping to establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues in order to play a role in internationalization initiatives on their own campuses. While some of the programs have been running for some time now, this was the first time Fulbright sent grantees to France.
The Fulbright International Education Administrators Program is an excellent opportunity for Columbia administrators (and faculty with adminιstrative experience) to get an in-depth look at the higher education system, culture and society of the host country and provides an invigorating opportunity for networking with international and U.S. colleagues. All participants gain a new perspective on the need to internationalize U.S. campuses and insight into how it can be done.
The upcoming program seminars are in Germany and France. Both programs will be conducted over two weeks in October 2014, and the deadline for application is February 3, 2014. For more information on each of these programs, see the LRC’s Site.