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UMass Amherst- Portuges curates film festival in London
Catherine Portuges, director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, served as co-curator of "Check the Gate 2: 1989 and Beyond," a festival of screenings and discussions of Central European film held June 25-30 at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London.

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This summer campus faculty were engaged in a several international symposiums, conferences and events. 

UMasOnline recently launched their China website dedicated to providing access to a first class American education to students in China.
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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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UMass China Institute- WBUR Speaks with Executive Director, Allan Guo

Executive Director Guo spoke with WBUR's Deborah Becker about the bridge between China and the Commonwealth's higher education and the recent opening of the Massachusetts International Academy in Marlborough, owned by CERNET (China's premier nationwide education and research computer network). More...
UMass China Institute- China's brightest visit the Commonwealth

The UMass China Institute hosted a student delegation from Tsinghua University for a three week tour of the University's campuses and the Commonwealth. These top performing students were selected by Tsinghua for the Distinguished Freshman Scholarship, which gives students an important international experience and a better understanding of the United States higher education system.
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International Education Week November 16-20 
IEWThe International Education Week (IEW) 2009 website has officially been launched, and includes promotional materials, an interactive quiz, and opportunities to post and view planned events around the world.  In addition, the IEW Facebook page and group have been updated and may be accessed through the IEW website.  New this year, IEW also has a presence on ExchangesConnect.
UMass Boston- Camp Shriver's Ideals Expand to Kenya
Camp Shriver at UMass Boston is attracting international attention: Already a national model for inclusive recreational programming, Camp Shriver is now serving as an international model as countries across the globe strive to support the inclusion of individuals with disabilities. On July 27 and 28, Peter Bukhala of Kenya, a Special Olympics Eunice Kennedy Shriver Fellow, will visit Camp Shriver to learn about its inclusive practices and ways in which similar practices can be implemented in his home country, where there are little opportunities for inclusion. Upon his return to Kenya, Mr. Bukhala will work in coordination with Kenyatta University to implement an inclusive camp for children with and without disabilities. More...
UMass Boston- Sharing Cultures: Bridging the Miles through Online Technology

The Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education (NERCVE) at UMass Boston announces an exciting collaboration with universities and the community in Taiwan, ROC.  UMass Boston is now engaged with National Taiwan Normal University and National Tainan University to offer English Braille and Music Braille through online courses. More...

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UMass Amherst- Researcher Leads Team in Founding Amazon Rainforest Microbial Observatory to Catalog, Study Soils

Kluas NussleinThe Amazon rainforest may be the largest reservoir of soil microbes on Earth, yet researchers acknowledge that many of these organisms are almost unknown to science, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologist Klaus Nusslein. What is clear, he adds, is that the area is under great threat from modern agricultural practices and now is the time to identify, collect and preserve microbe-rich soils before it's too late. More...
UMass Amherst- Aboard Scientific Drill Ship Near Japan, Hydrogeologist Will Study a Major Pacific Earthquake-Birthing Zone
When the world's first ocean research vessel equipped with super-deep core-drilling equipment begins its next scientific cruise this month, hydrogeologist David Boutt of the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be aboard, preparing to study subsurface fluids from 1.25 miles below the sea floor, the deepest ever sampled, at a premier earthquake-spawning ground off the coast of Japan. More...
UMass Boston- Professor of Gerontology and Gerontology Institute Fellow Yung-Ping (Bing) Chen, PhD, Retires

Gilman LogoProfessor of Gerontology and Gerontology Institute Fellow Yung-Ping (Bing) Chen, PhD, is retiring this summer.

Born and raised in China and a graduate of National Taiwan University, Professor Chen earned his MA and PhD degrees in economics at the University of Washington in Seattle, and has also received academic training in law and in mental health sciences. More...

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UMass Amherst- Seven students awarded federal scholarships for study abroad
Gilman LogoSeven undergraduates have been awarded federal Benjamin A. Gilman International Study Scholarships for the fall. More...
UMass Amherst- Saxophone Quartet travel to St. Petersburg

The University of Massachusetts Saxophone Quartet (Tobias Thomas, Kara Nye, Thomas Glassey and Mathew Schumer) and Professor Lynn Klock went on a week-long trip to St. Petersburg and Pskov, Russia in July, 2009.  Each year the historic city of Pskov, founded in 903, holds Founder's Day Celebrations.  The Saxophone Quartet was recognized along with other international delegations by the Mayor of Pskov.  They marched in the celebratory parade and gave two all-American music concerts to an enthusiastic audience of several thousand citizens.  More...
UMass Amherst- Student Tapped to Play Baseball in Italy

Lou Proietti (BA, 2007) came to the University of Massachusetts Amherst from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  After completing his BA in history with a minor in French, he began studies for a Masters Degree in Education. More...
UMass Dartmouth- CVPA alumna wins Fulbright

UMD FulbrightErin M. Treacy, who received her Master's in Fine Arts in painting from the UMass Dartmouth in 2007, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship to Ireland in Painting and Printmaking, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. More...
UMass Lowell- Freshmen from Tsinghua University Visit Campus
Tsinghua Students visit UMLThe UMass China Institute, hosted a delegation of 12 students and two faculty members from Tsinghua University, China, in July.

During their two-day tour of the Lowell campus, they attended a variety of engineering, computer science and Career Services presentations and demonstrations, had a tour of the Baseball Research Center, toured the Lowell National Historical Park's weave room in the Boott Mill and spent an evening using the facilities at the Campus Recreation Center. More...
UMass Lowell- From Utah to Lowell: Online Student, Professor Partner on Research

UML HansenSteven Hansen and Prof. Sangphill Kim of the College of Management had been working together for months before attending last fall's Global Business Conference. Their collaboration on research on McDonald's expansion into Russia had required many conversations and e-mails. More... 
UMass Dartmouth- Portuguese Program Hosts First Student from China

The Summer Program in Portuguese hosted its first-ever student from China this year- Maria Pan, an undergraduate student in Translation and Interpretation from Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhai, China, a Special Economic Zone on the border with Macau Special Administrative Region, which until 1999 was a Portuguese-administered territory.
UMass Worcester- Campus Hosts Chinese Medical Exchange Students

UMMS Hosts DelegationThrough the joint efforts of the UMMS China Program and the UMMS Office of MedicalEducation's International Medical Education Program, the University of Massachusetts Medical School recently hosted its first group of Chinese medical exchange students. Zhe Shi, Weilin Wang, Mingfeng Yang and Ling Zhang came from Tongji University School of Medicine (TUSM) in Shanghai to complete two month long clinical electives in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, palliative
care, pediatrics, and radiology. With their official  collaborative relationship established last February, TUSM is the first Chinese institution to partner with UMMS. 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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