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University of Massachusetts- A Reflection on Leadership-The Freedom Charter

KathradaAt the UMass Club on August 7th Ahmed Kathrada, former Freedom Fighter, shared his thoughts on issues affecting the people of South Africa nearly twenty years after the end of apartheid. Mr. Kathrada, a former member of Parliament who was a Robben Island detainee with Nelson Mandela reflected on the characteristics of leadership required for this time in history.
University of Massachusetts- Liberia Workforce Visit Boston

Liberian DelegationThe Center for Democracy and Development has completed a very successful Workforce Development for Liberia Program in Boston and Worcester. During their two week visit, the Liberian delegation, which included representatives from government, women's groups, educational institutions, and NGOs, visited the Massachusetts State House and met with Reps. Daniel Bosley and Byron Rushing, House Speaker DiMasi, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Susanne Bump, and representatives from labor and community groups. More...
UMass Amherst- International Programs Office welcomes new students
UMass Amherst welcomed some 450 new international students to the campus on August 25th, for a week-long orientation program. The new group included more than 70 new undergraduate students - the largest group in many years - as well as new Master's and Doctoral students, around 20 Fulbright students, and more than 120 exchange students. As usual, the largest groups were from China and India, but the international student population is quite diverse and the new group is no exception, including students from Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Russia, Sweden, Uganda, and Uruguay to name just a few. View orientation schedule.
UMass Boston- The Helsinki Principles, Framing the Debate in Iraq

On Tuesday, September 23 at 6:00pm, Padraig O'Malley will speak at the John F. Kennedy Library. The Helsinki Talks were convened in September 2007 and April 2008 by the John Joseph Moakley Chair of Peace and Reconciliation at UMass Boston; the Institute for Global Leadership of Tufts University; and the Crisis Management Initiative of Helsinki, Finland. More...

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University of Massachusetts- Team of Massachusetts High School Students Takes The Silver In China

student contest Boston- Massachusetts high school students Robert Alexander, Michael Spence, and William (Colby) Dunn placed second in the world, among teams representing 24 countries from across the globe, in the first annual "Chinese Bridge" World High School Student Chinese Contest-a challenge requiring students to demonstrate their Chinese language and culture skills- held in Jinan City (Shandong province) in China. More...
UMass Boston- Partnership to provide business curriculum and training in Haiti

Higher Education for Development (HED) is pleased to announce a new University partnership to help building a critical mass of Haitian managers able to forecast, plan, implement, and evaluate which is crucial if Haiti is to build its capacity to integrate and compete successfully in the global marketplace. More...
UMass Dartmouth- $1 Million Gift To "Build A Bridge To India Culture And Economy"

UMass Dartmouth today announced that the Three Rs Foundation has pledged $1 million to support the university's Center for Indic Studies. The donation will support the Center's mission to connect the University, region and Commonwealth to India's growing economy and world influence. The announcement coincided with a celebration of India Independence Day and featured presentations by students from India. More...

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UMass Amherst- Associate Provost attends NASULGC Conference

Frank Hugus, Associate Provost for International Programs on the Amherst campus, attended the Commission on International Programs (CIP) Summer Meeting in Portsmouth, NH from July 14-16, 2008: "The Global University: A Regional Focus." More...

UMass Dartmouth- Professor plans study of Mayan immigrants

blideUMass Dartmouth anthropology professor Lisa Maya Knauer stumbled upon her latest research project, a study of New Bedford's Central American immigrants, while photographing the city's famed Day of Portugal festival three years ago. More...
UMass Lowell- Salameh Invited to Saudi Conference

chinese scholarThe ever-increasing worldwide demand for energy has been in the peoples' minds nowadays, even in the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia... In April the country hosted its 13th annual Saudi Technical Exchange Meeting and invited renowned experts from the academia, industry, and government to participate. Among them was Prof. Ziyad Salameh of UMass Lowell's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who is co-director of the Center for Electric Car and Energy Conversion. More...

UMass Lowell- In Haiti, Toilets and Ceiling Fans, One Man's Way of Giving Back

chinese scholarSome people go to the beach for a week every summer. Others go sailing or fishing, or book some time at a spa. Don Lampron installs ceiling fans in a Haitian orphanage, then goes home at night to a church mission protected by shattered glass and barbed wire. More...


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UMass Amherst- New Scholarship Links UMass Amherst and China

chinese scholar When Haohao Guo crossed the threshold of Brooks Residential Hall last fall to begin his freshman year, his arrival on campus was the last step in a 20-hour flight from his homeland of China.

His trans-global trip was made possible by an alumnus who endowed a scholarship at the Isenberg School of Management for cross-cultural education. Paul Carney '82, a business executive with many connections to China, created the scholarship and Guo is the first-ever Carney Scholar.
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UMass Amherst- Engineers Without Borders Work with Kenyan Village to Improve Water Supply
chinese scholarMembers of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student chapter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently returned from a three-week trip to Kenya, where they worked to improve drinking water for a rural farming village. More...


UMass Boston- 2008 JFK Award Winner Ready for the World Stage

When Muna Kangsen, the class of 2008's winner of the John F. Kennedy Award for Academic Excellence, walks into the University cafeteria the day before commencement, everybody seems to know his name. More...

UMass Worcester- 25 King-Shaw Fellows traveled overseas this summer

King-Shaw FellowsColorful poster boards, photographs and brochures of international destinations filled the lobby at the University of Massachusetts Medical School yesterday afternoon. But the 40 second-year medical students who traveled to these places had much more on their minds than a summer vacation. More...

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International Relations Advisory Council

Chair, Dr. Marcellette Williams, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and International Relations, University of Massachusetts
  • Dr. Frank Hugus, Associate Provost for International Programs, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Donal Carbaugh, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Winston Langley, Interim Provost, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dr. Richard Panofsky, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Dr. Michael Baum, Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Dr. Julie Chen, Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Dr. Krishna Vedula, Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Dr. Mick Godkin, Director International Medical Education Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Susan Kelly, Assistant Vice President for International Relations, University of Massachusetts
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