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Fall 2007 Edition

Fall 2007 Edition

ANNOUNCEMENT: It's International Education Week!

November 12-16, 2007

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that was created to promote programs that prepare citizens for a global environment and encourage future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

For the University of Massachusetts it is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international relations. There will be a number of UMass activities for this year's International Education Week being hosted on the campuses. View an overview of campus activities. More...

Worldview Compass

University of Massachusetts - Vice President of Hokkaido University Visits
In October, Dr. Takeo Hondoh, Vice President of Hokkaido University, visited the UMass Amherst campus and met with Senior Vice President Williams and President Wilson in Boston. The relationship between UMass and Hokkaido University has a rich history dating back to 1876. Learn more about the Massachusetts Hokkaido Partnership.

University of Massachusetts - President gives virtual presentation at Jordan Conference
On November 1, President Wilson gave a virtual presentation about UMass Online at the Fourth Annual Conference of Learning International Networks Consortium in Jordon. Participants at the conference viewed the previously recorded presentation on television. View President Wilson's presentation. Learn more about the LINC Conference.

University of Massachusetts - Liberian Journalists Meet ICJ in the U.S.

Eight Liberian journalists visiting the United States met with the International Center for Journalism (ICJ) in Washington DC. They were accompanied there by a Visiting Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Michael Keating. More...

UMass Medical - Recognized at HEARTT Foundation Event hosted by President of Liberia

On October 19, UMass Medical School representatives attended a dinner hosted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Washington DC. The fundraiser was sponsored by Health Education and Relief Through Teaching (HEARTT) for the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia. Senior Vice President Marcellette Williams addressed the dinner and collaborations between UMass and the HEARTT foundation were highlighted throughout the evening by President Sirleaf.

University of Massachusetts - Confucius Institute partners with Renmin University

The UMass Confucius Institute and Renmin University recently co-hosted the "3rd International Forum of Leading Schools and the 1st Forum of Confucianism and Its Influence" at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing. Dr. Marcellette Williams, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and International Relations gave remarks and participated as a panelist at this three day symposium.

Faculty Highlights

UMass Lowell - Professor Teaches Physical Therapy in Peruvian Andes
Assistant Professor Deirdra Murphy of the Physical Therapy Department in the School of Health and Environment (SHE) has provided services and led workshops in many community settings. Few have been so remote, though, as the small villages she visited in the Peruvian Andes this past summer. More...

UMass Boston - Graduate program wins grant for Nigerian Youth Leaders Exchange Program
The University of Massachusetts Boston's Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution will be hosting an exchange program to connect Nigerian youth leaders and members of civil society organizations working to bridge the country's Muslim-Christian divide with American experts in conflict management and resolution. More...

UMass Amherst - Professor receives $416,550 grant to study effects of volcanoes on climate change in Arctic

Raymond S. Bradley, director of the Climate System Research Center, has received a three-year, $416,550 award from the National Science Foundation for his project on "Volcanoes in the Arctic System: Geochronology and Climate Impacts." More...

UMass Amherst - School of Education Hosts Afghanistan Educators on Teacher Training Study Tour
Twenty top educators from across Afghanistan are visiting the United States on a four-week tour that will help them to train teachers in their war-torn country. Based at UMass Amherst, the study tour is providing Afghan educators with the opportunity to learn new approaches to successful teacher training, including undergraduate, graduate and alternative program models. More...

To learn more about UMass faculty activities (research, teaching and service) please visit the database at:

Gateway Events

UMass Dartmouth - Former Cape Verdean president presents talk

His Excellency Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro, the first democratically elected president of the Republic of Cape Verde shared his thoughts about leadership at a talk on Monday, October 1 in the UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area. More...


UMass Boston - Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: Do They Do Justice to Justice?
This public lecture concluded a 3-day international conference. Panelists from South Africa, El Salvador, and Guatemala who have participated in truth and reconciliation commissions spoke with those from Northern Ireland and Serbia who contemplated their own difficult pasts.

UMass Dartmouth- Campus Updates

UMass Dartmouth has some exciting updates on International Programs this fall. More...

UMass Amherst - International Educational Advisers visit UMass and Area Colleges

From October 30 to November 5, 2007, a group of 5 EducationUSA advisers (Georgia, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, and Thailand) visited several colleges and universities in western Massachusetts. More...

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Student Embassy

UMass Lowell - Momentum Builds Toward Study Abroad Program
While her fellow sophomores will spend their winters in ski hats and sweaters, looking out classroom windows across the frozen Merrimack, Jennifer Yu will be studying under palm trees, walking between classes along the banks of the Nile. More...

UMass Amherst - Engineers Without Borders aim to aid rubber tappers in Amazon

A team from the campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has just returned from an assessment trip to the Brazilian Amazon that will lead to a cheap, sustainable way to collect clean water and dispose of wastewater for some 1,400 people living in a rural preserve for rubber tappers. More...

To learn more about student opportunities around the world, please visit the student opportunities section of the database at:

University of Massachusetts
International Relations Website UPDATES

  • Global Reach. Global Impact. Brochure Release- UMass has released a vibrant new international relations brochure showcasing the international ventures of the University, its campuses, faculty members, staff and students. The reach of the brochure is global and the impact of the university is global. Click here for an electronic version of the brochure.
  • Website Translation- The University of Massachusetts International Relations website has now been translated into four languages. The current languages are German, Mandarin, French and Spanish.
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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. Winston Langley, Associate Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dr. Richard Panofsky, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Dr. Partha Chowdhury, Interim Vice Provost for Research, 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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