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UNC-Chapel Hill Hosts 2018 Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar

November 15, 2018
UNC Global

On Oct. 30, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted participants in the Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar (IEAS), a program that allows college and university administrators from India to come to the United States and explore best practices in U.S. higher education. During the two-week program, participants visited a number of institutions in and around New York City, Chapel Hill and Washington D.C.

During their visit to UNC-Chapel Hill, the participants engaged in panel discussions with faculty and staff addressing a variety of topics focused on research, faculty development and curriculum development. Panelists represented UNC-Chapel Hill units including the Center for Faculty Excellence, Office of Research Development, Office of Undergraduate Research, Office of Undergraduate Curricula, Kenan-Flagler Business School, and the Carolina Center for Public Service, and a few faculty members.

The first panel discussed UNC-Chapel Hill’s culture of collaborative research and the resources available for faculty and students to develop and conduct research projects and pursue funding and grant opportunities.

The following panel focused on resources and programs to help faculty develop skills in teaching and learning, research, and leadership. There was also emphasis on developing innovative technologies for teaching and considering changes to traditional methods of instruction with solutions that have been successful in some UNC science classes.

The final panel addressed challenges related to curriculum development, specifically reconciling an undergraduate education in the liberal arts with demands for experiential and professional training. The panelists provided examples from the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Global Education Initiative and the Carolina Center for Public Service’s internships and courses which integrate service-learning skills.

“The Fulbright-Nehru Seminar provides international educators from the U.S. and India with a valuable opportunity to learn from each other,” said Melissa McMurray, international liaison officer for UNC Global. “We were honored to host the seminar and to have the chance to discuss how we approach curriculum, faculty development, and research and collaboration at UNC-Chapel Hill with faculty and administrators from India.”

The 2018 seminar participants were from institutions across India, including the University of Lucknow, TERI School of Advanced Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia,  Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences Foundation, NALSAR University of Law, , Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, National Law University Odisha, English and Foreign Languages University, Dr. GRD College of Science , Maris Stella College, Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Pushpagiri College of Dental Sciences, Mohanlal Sukhadia University and XLRI- Xavier School of Management.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and administered by the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES), on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program offers grants for students, scholars, teachers, professionals and groups for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for foreign citizens to come to the U.S.

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