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University of Massachusetts- Campuses Host Events to Celebrate International Week
As in previous years, each UMass campus will host a number a special events throughout International Education Week.
UMass Boston- Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters hosts international conference
On November 16 through 19 the international conference, "Rebuilding Sustainable Communities for Children and Their Families After Disasters" will be held in the UMass Boston Campus Center.
UMass Worcester- International Craft Sale

On Saturday, November 22nd, UMass Medical Students will sell items such as jewelry, fabrics and paintings from their travels abroad to benefit artisans and community programs in developing countries.
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Delegations Visit the Amherst Campus


Between September 29 and October 27, 2008, the UMass Amherst campus hosted delegations of faculty and administrators from four Asian universities and one French university: Shaanxi Normal University, Xian, China; Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China; Sciences Po University, Paris, France; Hokkaido University and Hokkaido University of Education, Hokkaido, Japan. The delegations came to Amherst in part to discuss ongoing relationships or to explore potential new linkages, in part to learn how UMass Amherst structures its curriculum. Hong Kong Baptist University, for example, is expanding its bachelor's program from three to four years and will be including more general education courses in its curriculum. Hokkaido University is currently rethinking the way the sciences are taught in its undergraduate program.
On Saturday, November 22nd, UMass Medical Students will sell items such as jewelry, fabrics and paintings from their travels abroad to benefit artisans and community programs in developing countries.


Medical Student travels to Africa

This past summer John Stenglein became the second School of Medicine student in UMass Worcester history to spend three months in Africa as a 'junior physician' in rotations at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon. Stenglein was one of four medical students nationwide selected by the Albert Schweitzer Foundation for its international training program. The mission of both the Lambaréné and U. S. Albert Schweitzer Fellowships is to reduce disparities in health and health care by developing individuals who are dedicated and skilled in helping underserved communities, and whose example influences and inspires others.
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It's International Education Week!
November 17-21, 2008
The University of Massachusetts celebrates International Education Week with activities occurring on all five campuses! More...

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.
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University of Massachusetts- Campuses host Hokkaido University staffer

ChisatoChisato Akibayashi was selected from Hokkaido University by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sports, Science, and Culture (MEXT) as one of nine Japanese university administrators to participate in the prestigious Long-term Educational Administration Program (LEAP). LEAP is a year-long professional development program sponsored by MEXT and managed by the Montana State University, Office of International Programs. More...
UMass Boston- Moakley Professor Rallies Iraqi Political Leaders At Announcement of Helsinki II Peace Agreement in Baghdad
omalleyOn July 5 at the Al Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad's Green Zone, Iraqi parliamentarians and diplomats from several countries gathered to participate in the signing of the Helsinki II Agreement, drawn up during two rounds of secret meetings in Helsinki, Finland. More...
UMass Boston- Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution hosts Nigerian Leaders
With a population of 146 million which is roughly fifty percent Muslim and forty percent Christian, Nigeria is on the front lines of the interfaith divide, with religious conflicts sometimes exploding into violence. With this in mind, the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution hosted eighteen Nigerian leaders between the ages of 25 and 35, half of them Muslim, the other half Christian, for three weeks in June for an intensive training program in conflict resolution techniques. More...
UMass Dartmouth- Cape Verdean Prime Minister cuts ribbon
UMD Cape VerdeNEW BEDFORD - The prime minister of Cape Verde, Jose Maria Neves, marked the official opening of a consular office in the city Friday by stressing the importance of unity. At a ceremony enlivened by music and dance, Mr. Neves cut the ribbon for the Cape Verdean Community Center and Consular Office at 800 Purchase St. and shared his thoughts on its significance. More...

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UMass Amherst- Researcher and Lecturer travels to Iraq to discuss U.S. elections

Dr. Michael Hannahan, Director of the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute Civic Initiative has been invited to discuss the U.S. elections with scholars and students at a number of Iraqi Universities. The trip, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, addresses the interest in American elections in Iraq's Kurdistan region. The lectures will center on the American electoral process and the effects of the election on U.S. policy in the Middle East. More...

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UMass Amherst- Fountain Appointed to World Economic Forum's Future of Governments Council

Jane Fountain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Director of the National Center for Digital Government, and Director of the Science, Technology and Society Initiative has been appointed to the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Governments. Fountain is one of thirteen experts worldwide selected for membership on the Future of Governments Council, which will examine how governments globally might better adapt to the rapid pace of technological change while building or maintaining transparency, accountability, and civil society. More...
UMass Amherst- Geoscientist and His 14-Year-Old Son Report a Glacier-Nesting Finch in the Peruvian Andes

UMA Peruvian AndesIn an unusual research collaboration, a University of Massachusetts Amherst geoscientist, Douglas Hardy, and his son Spencer, 14, recently reported what is believed to be the first well documented evidence of a bird other than a penguin nesting directly on ice, in the Andes Mountains. More...


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UMass Dartmouth- Professor appears on Today Show

UMass Dartmouth Portuguese professor Christopher Larkosh appeared on the NBC Today Show, as part of a special segment highlighting the Azores Islands and Portuguese-American immigration to Southeastern New England. As part of this report, he spoke briefly about the economic and cultural reasons for new arrivals from the Azores at the latter half of the 19th century. More...
UMass Lowell- Vedula Named Special Assistant for International Partnerships

UML VedulaProfessor Krishna Vedula, former dean of the College of Engineering, has been named special assistant for international partnerships. In announcing the appointment, Provost Ahmed Abdelal said the new position would provide leadership for strengthening the University's collaborative efforts with international institutions and enhancing opportunities for students to learn and work in other cultures as part of preparing globally competent graduates. More...
UMass Lowell- Study Links Heating of Indian Ocean to Drought in Africa

UML BarlowA new study conducted by a team of oceanographers, climatologists and environmental and atmospheric scientists suggests that global warming is raising surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean, which in turn is causing a dramatic decrease in rainfall over eastern and southern Africa. Such drought conditions could have a serious impact on the security and stability of the region's fragile food supply. More...

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UMass Amherst- New Students Join Center for International Education

In September, CIE welcomed eight new students from Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Japan and the U.S. They bring a wide diversity of experience as educators who have worked in Afghanistan, The Gambia, South Sudan, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Niger, Mali, Tunisia, and Senegal as well as in their home countries. There are two Master's candidates and six Doctoral candidates. Their experience brings fresh perspectives to add to the diverse community already at CIE. More...
UMass Amherst- Student engineers bring safer water storage to Amazon villagers

UMA EWB AmazonThree students from the campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), accompanied by two professional members, taught villagers how to build their own rot-proof, contaminant-free water storage units from cheap local materials during a recent trip to the Amazon rain forest. More...
UMass Boston- MBA Students Learn About Global Economy in Kazakhstan
Many Americans, if asked to play word association, would probably follow "Kazakhstan" with "Borat." But this central Asian nation of more than 15 million citizens, far from being the agrarian backwater portrayed in Sacha Baron Cohen's 2006 mockumentary, is an emerging industrial and financial leader in its region, one of the world's fastest-growing oil producers, and a target of more than $40 billion in foreign investment in the past decade. More...
UMass Boston- Programs Boost Chinese-Language Skills for Area Students, Teachers
High school and middle school students and teachers from across New England took advantage of a unique opportunity to improve their skills in Mandarin Chinese at a pair of summer programs held at UMass Boston from June 29 through July 25. More...
UMass Lowell- Students Walk for Ugandan Children

UML Gulu WalkThe Relay for Life, Tales for Tots and Raise Up Rations are all annual awareness events as familiar to UMass Lowell students as a River Hawks hockey game. Now there is a new cause being supported by a group of students on campus, the GuluWalk. More...

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