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UMass Amherst- Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Begins
AMHERST, Mass. - A semester-long series of events marking the historic fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is being presented at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
UMass Dartmouth- John De Mado, Author, Educator And Vocal Advocate at campus on November 16
The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture presents John De Mado on November 16 at 7 p.m. in the College of Performing Arts Auditorium at UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA.  The program is in English and free and open to the public.
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UMass Boston

With the goal of furthering international and transnational education at UMass Boston, the Office of International Transnational Affairs (OITA) recently launched its new website. OITA is a valuable, on-campus resource for international students, faculty, and staff, as well as scholars and other visitors.
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International Highlights:

First year implementation of UMB's Faculty Study Abroad program and its workshops offered by the Office of International and
Transnational Affairs (OITA)
Study abroad mentoring activities led by both international and
domestic students and supervised by the Coordinator of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs.

UMB Fulbright Scholars' continuous brainstorming with the Officeof International and Transnational Affairs (OITA) for UMB's future Fulbright Scholar mentoring program for both students and faculty.

The Boston campus will be hosting international delegates from Spain, Portugal, Scotland,
Vietnam, India, and China for a possible new global linkage building.
UMass Dartmouth

The UMass Dartmouth Kaput Center is proud to announce the signing of memorandums of understanding with university systems in Mexico, Brazil and Cyprus to support student exchange programs and to internationalize research innovations developed at the Kaput Center."   The Kaput Center provides a focus and support for sustained investigation of foundational issues in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The Center is an interdisciplinary research unit where fundamental problems in STEM education are studied, discussed and analyzed.
UMass Worcester

The Office of Global Health's launched their new website
featuring a database of UMMS global health activities, policies and information on international travel, a calendar of global health seminars and events, and links to internal and external resources (including funding opportunities).

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It's International Education Week!
November 16-20, 2009

The five campuses of the University of Massachusetts system will focus a spotlight on international programs and events next week as UMass joins with universities from more than 100 nations worldwide in celebrating the 10th annual International Education Week.

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.
University of Massachusetts- President Wilson welcomes education leaders from Russia and Ukraine
JMWPresident Jack M. Wilson hosted four leaders of Russian and Ukrainian universities at the UMass Club on Wednesday, September 16, 2009. The Rectors engaged in discussions about economic development,  technology transfer and international partnerships. More...
UMass Dartmouth- Activities and materials will document and celebrate the contributions of Portuguese-Americans to the region, Commonwealth and world

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, located in a region with one of the highest concentrations of Portuguese-Americans, opened the Ferreira Mendes Portugese-American Archives on Friday September 18. The ribbon cutting was preceded by a colloquium focusing on the influence of Portuguese media which was held in the Board of Trustees Room in the Foster Administration Building. More...
UMass Lowell- Virtual International Centers Established on Four Continents

GlobeProvost Ahmed Abdelal recently announced the establishment of six virtual international centers at UMass Lowell. The aim of these centers is to strengthen and coordinate ongoing international partnerships as well as to develop new education and research partnerships in areas of the world that pose strategically important opportunities. More...
UMass Lowell- Signs Agreement with University of Haifa to Offer Degree through New Center

UMass Lowell officially launches its new Center for Middle East Peace, Development and Culture with a visit by University of Haifa President Aaron Ben Ze'ev. Ben Ze'ev will meet with UMass Lowell representatives to sign a memorandum of understanding that will include establishing a new degree in peace studies and conflict management to be offered by both universities. More...

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UMass Amherst- CultureTalk language program expanding with $397k grant

Culture TalkThe grant to the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages, based in Bartlett Hall, will enable the facility to add 20 more languages to its existing CultureTalk library, according to director Elizabeth Mazzocco, Five College Professor of Italian in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  More...
UMass Boston- Mandarin Teacher Institute Received an Award

UMass Boston's Mandarin Teacher Institute has received 2009 Innovative and Creative Programming Award from the University Continuing Education Association's New England chapter. The award was presented at the association's annual conference in October 2009. More...
UMass Boston- The Afya Njema Project

UMBUMB's College of Nursing and Health Sciences partnered with Health for Nations and local Kenyan partners in service-learning project with a research protocol entitled "Kenya Heart and Sole: The Afya Njema Project." The purpose of this project is to partner with Kenyan nurses from two schools of nursing and one clinic to assess the prevalence of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors in rural Central Kenya and to assess ways in which a community based, culturally relevant prevention and treatment program focused on community engagement and self-management could be implemented in the communities of central Kenya. More...
UMass Dartmouth- CVPA digital media professor's work to be showcased at Smithsonian

Dr. Goldman's work, entitled "Sabinium," was among more than 150 entries from more than 15 countries and throughout the United States. Of the 150 entries, 31 were selected to be screened publicly at the Phillips Collection in Washington last week. From that group, 16 pieces, including Dr. Goldman's Sabinium, were chosen for the Hirshhorn Museum showing. The final group included works from Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. More...
UMass Lowell-Physical Therapy Goes International

Asst. Prof. Deirdra Murphy of the Physical Therapy Department joined a team delivering services to Nicaragua, where 90 percent of the people get their health care at understaffed and underequipped public clinics. Murphy joined Dr. Jean-Paul Dedham, MD, founder of the Lawrence based Hermanos Por La Salud; Mary An Hibino, UMass Lowell physical therapy alumna; and Ryan Dono, medical student at UMass Worcester, rounded out the team. They presented workshops for families with disabilities, providing basic information about a range of conditions and teaching therapeutic skills. The interdisciplinary team also made evaluations of children and adults. Murphy is considering the program for student service-learning experience.
UMass Lowell- Study Links Domestic Violence with Child Deaths in India
A new, large-scale study conducted jointly by UMass Lowell and the Harvard School of Public Health found that Indian children whose mothers experience domestic violence are more likely to die before age 5.  More...

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UMass Amherst- Campus ranked a 'Top Producer' of Fulbright students
FulbrightUMass Amherst was a "Top Producer of Fulbright Students" among research universities for the 2008-09 academic year, according to a ranking published Oct. 19 in the Chronicle of Higher Education. More...
UMass Amherst- Budding Archaeologist Sees a Future of Digs
AitherThis past summer Jessica Aither '11 (anthropology) participated in the Archaeology Field School in Italy, thanks in part to the Ansin Study Abroad Fellowship. "I was able to spend a full six weeks in the country, both on the dig site of an Etruscan necropolis and traveling Italy," Aither says. "The entire experience was completely unparalleled by any other I've had thus far." More... 
UMass Dartmouth- Student captures top award at international conference

Cate O'Keefe, doctoral student at the UMassD School for Marine Science and Technology, has received the Merit Award for the best paper presented at the annual science conference of the world's largest marine science and advisory body.  More...
UMass Lowell- RESD Welcomes Largest Class in History

"Twenty-four new and returning students have received grant money secured by faculty members, allowing a rich pool of committed and diverse scholars the opportunity to build on our important community engagement efforts," says Department Chair John Wooding. In all, 32 students were accepted into the program, including representatives from Ghana, Israel, Burma, China, Turkey and Zambia. More...
UMass Lowell- Campus Partners with Ireland U.

LOWELL -- It will be far more than a simple exchange of students who spend a year studying abroad at UMass Lowell and Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Students from both universities will study together and dig in the earth together, excavating homes and fields from the time of the Great Famine in Ireland. 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, Provost, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dr. Eunsook Hyun, Associate Provost and Director of the Office of International and Transnational Affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston 
  • Dr. Richard Panofsky, Assistant Chancellor University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Dr. Michael Baum, Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Dr. Julie Chen, Interim Vice Provost for Research , University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Dr. Krishna Vedula, Special Assistant for International Partnerships and Dean Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Dr. Mick Godkin, Director International Medical Education Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, Associate Provost of Global Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Susan Kelly, Assistant Vice President for International Relations, University of Massachusetts
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