Friday, August 19, 2011

Fulbright Scholar grant to study abroad

Maureen Brady Coyle, Director of Study Abroad at Felician College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to study and observe educational developments and international education in the Federal Republic of Germany.According to Coyle, the Fulbright grant will provide Felician the opportunity to forge exchange agreements with German as well as other international educational institutions thereby increasing the number of countries in which Felician students can choose to study. Moreover, students from a greater number of countries will then have the opportunity to study at Felician.

Study abroad is a priority for Felician College President Sister Theresa Mary Martin,said Coyle. She would like the program to grow in order for it to continue to meet the needs of our students.The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. Coyle is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2011-2012.Coyle, who as worked in the field of international education for more than a decade, previously held leadership positions with the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership, the Institute for the International Education of Students, and Trinity College.

About the Fulbright Program:
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. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty three Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Rene Fleming, soprano; Jonathan Franzen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect.

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