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UMass Amherst- Legal Issues Forum for International Students

November 15
Campus Center 168C
5:00 pm- 7:00pm
A discussion addressing legal issues and concerns that international students may have, for example, student immigration issues and basic legal and civil rights as a non-permanent resident.
UMass Amherst- International Research Workshop

November 16
Campus Center
3:30pm - 5:00 pm
This workshop will highlight the wide range of international research projects conducted each year by campus faculty, introduce faculty from different fields working in the same country or region, and identify issues that are specific to international research efforts and sources of funding. The post-panel discussion will focus on opportunities for large, collaborative projects with international partners.
UMass Boston- Campus Hosts International Symposium on Green Chemistry

The University of Massachusetts Boston recently hosted the 3rd International Symposium on Green Processing in the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Industries, bringing representatives from academia, industry, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations together to share successes and look at ways to use green chemistry to revolutionize the industries. More...
UMass Boston- Anti-Apartheid Activist Eddie Daniels Speaks

The visit came about through Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs & International Relations Marcie Williams of the UMass President's office, who met Daniels through her work with a number of anti-apartheid leaders. Hearing that Daniels would be in the U.S. this semester, Williams suggested that he pay a visit to UMass Boston, and called on Associate Professor Rajini Srikanth, who jumped at the opportunity. More... 
UMass Dartmouth- East Timor President Visits Campus

East Timor President Josť Ramos-Horta delivered the keynote address at the Sept. 27 launching of Parts of Asia: Beyond Lusotopic Nostalgia, a collection of essays by contemporary scholars and writers addressing Luso-Asian and Luso-Pacific connections in history, politics, society, art and culture. The book is published by the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. More...
UMass Lowell- Nile to the Merrimack - A Selection of Contemporary Art from Egypt

Cultural exchange is an essential and innovative aspect of the mission of the UMass Lowell Middle East Center. Therefore, the Center is honored to host an exhibition of contemporary Egyptian art entitled, "Nile to the Merrimack - A Selection of Contemporary Art from Egypt." This exhibition will focus on digital work, both still and time-based, providing students an opportunity to understand their own work in an expanded and global context. It is being planned by Professor Stephen Mishol, UMass Lowell, Professor Jim Jeffers, UMass Lowell, Curator Rasha Ragab of the Museum of Modern Art, Cairo, and Wael Kamal, Modern Sciences and Arts University. More...

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German Higher Education Experts Visit the Campus

On Thursday, September 30, a delegation of fifteen representatives of the German Council of Science and Humanities and the German Rectors' Conference visited the Amherst campus.  The group came to New England to learn more about higher-education accreditation in the United States. The program consisted of site visits to six public and private colleges and universities in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The German educators met with representatives from academia as well as from higher-education accrediting organizations.

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It's International Week!

November 15-19, 2010

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 11th annual International Education Week.

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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- Rated One of the Best Universities in the World, Only New England Public University to Make "Gold Standard" List

The University of Massachusetts was rated as one of the best universities in the world in the 2010 World University Rankings released today by the Times of London newspaper - the only public university in New England to make the prestigious list.  UMass ranked 56th in the Times of London's Top 200, which the newspaper describes as "the gold standard for world-class research institutions." More...
UMass Amherst- School of Education hosts South African look at U.S. diversity

so africaA group of 20 students from the University of the Free State in South Africa has been visiting the School of Education since Sept. 26, hoping to see how diversity is addressed in U.S. culture - and specifically within its educational institutions. More...
UMass Amherst- Graduates Awarded Fulbright Scholarships for International Teaching and Research

fulbrightFive University of Massachusetts Amherst alumni, including four 2010 graduates, have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for international studies for this academic year. They are among more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad during the 2010-11 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. More...
UMass Boston- Workshop provides look at local government

They had never met a lobbyist before. Or a female judge. Or a state lawmaker. But last week, nine women from Iran met with Senate President Therese Murray at the State House, lunched with Massachusetts judges, and received training from lobbyist Judy Meredith. The meetings, part of a six-day workshop organized by the University of Massachusetts Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy in Boston, gave the Iranian women a look at how local governments work in America and offered some tips to help them improve their society. More...
UMass Boston- Campus Receives $100K Grant for Partnership with Bunker Hill and Scottish University

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $100,000 supplemental grant to the Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College and Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. More...
UMass Boston- Boston-led Consortium to Meet in Haiti to Plan Rebuild of Higher Education System

The University of Massachusetts Boston and the University of Massachusetts President's Office are bringing together a consortium of colleges and universities next week to support rebuilding and improving higher education in Haiti. The consortium will be launched at a meeting in Haiti on October 26-27, 2010 that will bring together more than 40 representatives from higher education institutions in Haiti, the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. More... 
UMass Dartmouth- Net Impact UMass Dartmouth honored for second year in a row

The Net Impact UMass Dartmouth chapter at the Charlton College of Business was awarded the distinction of Silver Chapter in the international Net Impact organization for the second year in a row. This honor places the chapter in the top tier of business schools worldwide, an honor shared with 23 out of 270 chapters globally on 6 continents. Other Silver Chapter business schools are Haas at University of California Berkley, Booth at the University of Chicago and Columbia University to name a few. More...
UMass Lowell- Plans Include Development of Degree in Southeast Asian Studies

GeorgeGeorge Chigas, a visiting professor specializing in Cambodian culture, has recently been named lecturer in the Cultural Studies Department. During the Khmer Rouge, a regime led by Pol Pot, an estimated 2 million Cambodians were executed or starved to death. Many survivors fled to Lowell, resulting in the second-highest population of Cambodians after Long Beach, Calif. We asked him about his background and hopes for the future. More...
UMass Lowell-Israeli Engineering, Design School Honors Meehan at Event

ShenkarShenkar College of Engineering and Design of Israel and UMass Lowell signed a historic agreement establishing an international graduate engineering program at a special event in New York City on Oct. 20. More... 
UMass Worcester- Chancellor Collins' travels in China cementing strong partnerships

Collins in ChinaChancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, received a warm welcome in Chengdu, China, as he met with President Xie Heping of Sichuan University on Wednesday, Oct. 13, to share lessons learned from U.S. healthcare reform and discuss building on an already established strategic partnership. More...

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UMass Amherst- Researcher Edward Calabrese Receives International Award for Scientific Achievements

Ed CalabreseEdward Calabrese, professor of toxicology in the department of public health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was honored by the International CCN Society during its annual workshop held Oct. 20-24 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. More... 
UMass Dartmouth- Professors awarded federal Atlantis Grant

Dr. Michael Baum of UMass Dartmouth and colleagues at the University of Colorado at Boulder (lead university) along with two EU institutions have recently been awarded one of the federal Atlantis grants for the IMPACT exchange to promote the study of citizenship and the program is anticipated to begin this coming Spring semester.

The International Mobility Program on Atlantic Citizenship Trends (IMPACT) is an EU-US ATLANTIS 'Excellence in Mobility' project, sponsored by the European Commission and the US Department of Education. IMPACT focuses on the study of citizenship and citizenship-related issues such as immigration, naturalization, democracy, civil society, human rights, etc. More...
UMass Worcester- International impact: Faculty travel to Ghana seeking clues to Worcester's infant mortality mystery

GhanaFor years, Worcester has had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the commonwealth: nearly nine infants per thousand born to mothers in the city die before their first birthdays. Statewide, the rate is five per thousand and nationwide, seven per thousand. The Worcester Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force (WIMRTF), formed in 1996 and currently chaired by Marianne E. Felice, MD, chair and professor of pediatrics, has explored various causes for these high rates, but hard evidence to help clinicians lower the rate remains elusive. More...
UMass Worcester- Commonwealth Medicine expands its international public health efforts to fight TB

The success of a UMass Medical School laboratory in improving the quality of tuberculosis (TB) testing in some countries hardest hit by the deadly disease is helping to extend this life-saving assistance to other parts of the globe. The Massachusetts Supranational TB Reference Laboratory (MSRL) is now assisting more than 20 countries, mostly in the Caribbean and South America, by providing laboratory assistance and diagnostic services. More...

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UMass Amherst- Campus Again Ranked 4th Nationally in Federal Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad

Students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are again among the most successful nationally in the congressionally funded Gilman Scholarship program for study abroad. Sixteen UMass Amherst students, two more than last semester, have been awarded the scholarships for the fall 2010 semester, ranking the school fourth in the country. The other three top-ranked schools are the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State University and New York University. More...
UMass Amherst- Student engineers design do-it-yourself water pump for Amazon

UMA- EWBStudent members of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) here have designed a do-it-yourself water pump for use in a settlement in the Brazilian Amazon and they are teaching the people there how to build the device using locally available materials. The students are now in the process of writing a user manual for the pump and will return to the Amazon next summer to deliver it. More...
UMass Amherst- Scholarships Help Student Attain Goals

"During junior year I faced a complicated set of circumstances," says Steven Jango-Cohen '11 (communication/Spanish). "I really wanted to study abroad and do an internship before graduation. Money was definitely an issue. If I went abroad, then I wouldn't have time to do a senior-year internship because I'd have to work to cover the debt incurred from living abroad." More...
UMass Amherst- Research Opportunity Supports Critical Thinker 

TayeHelena TayeAwards like the LeBovidge Undergraduate Research Scholarship recognize the importance of giving undergraduates special opportunities to work with faculty. Stipends, funded by Alan LeBovidge '64 (economics) and his wife Carol, support 10 hours a week of substantive research assistance on a semester-long research project. This past spring five students received these scholarships. Among them was Helena Taye '11 (political science) whose project this fall will focus on sub-Saharan Africa with Professor John Brigham. 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, Vice 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, 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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