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UMass Dartmouth- Luso-American Foundation President Rui Machete Gives Lecture
The Luso-American Foundation, under the leadership of Dr. Machete, has played a significant role in the development of Portuguese Studies at UMD, from the establishment of the Summer Program in Portuguese to the creation of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the Department of Portuguese, the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies, the M.A and Ph.D. Programs in Portuguese, and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives. More...

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UMass Dartmouth

The Women's Center of UMass Dartmouth is one of the oldest such centers in the US and recently celebrated "40 Years of Women's Struggles & Women's Rights Across the Globe."  A panel discussion presentation was led by a group of international women faculty members: Anupama Arora (India), Anna Klobucka (Portugal & Brazil), Cristina Mehrtens (Brazil) and Stephanie O'Hara (France).  The 10th Annual Outstanding Women Awards went to: Dr. Hong Liu (Faculty Award), Anne Boisvert (Staff Award), Myriam Jeannis (Student Award).  The Women's Center will also be hosting in April their 3rd Annual Fundraiser feturing Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun as keynote speaker on "Education and Empowering through Community Engagement."


Phillippe Boulet-Gercourt, a French journalist, visited campus several weeks ago to gather information for his June 11 piece in Le Nouvel Observateur on the Changing Lives Through Literature program created by English Professor Robert Waxler as a strategy to transform the outlook of criminals.  The program, which requires individuals to read books as a part of the probation and parole requirements, has helped to reduce recidivism rates among its participants.


The Center for Indic Studies hosted a lecture March 5 by Dr. Aparna Pande, Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC.  Dr. Pande worked with the United Nations Development Program for 5 years, has taught at both Boston University and Tufts University, and writes a regular piece for several online newspapers.  She spoke about India being a major trading partner for the US and its strategic position to US Foreign policy, charting the course for the future of Indo-US relations.
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UMass Lowell recently launched their new website for International Programs.

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University of Massachusetts- President Jack Wilson hosts Québec Minister of Education, Recreation and Sport
President Wilson welcomed Michelle Courchesne along with President Sylvie Beauchamp, University of Quebec and France Dionne, Québec Delegate to New England at a meeting on Friday, March 5, 2010 to discuss partnership possibilities for the University of Massachusetts and Quebec.
UMass Amherst- Programs Reach Around the World to Afghanistan

For nearly a decade, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been developing an expanding presence in Afghanistan, providing technical and educational programs that train teachers, improve that country's higher education system, and now help develop training for doctors and other medical personnel. The most recent manifestation of this UMass Amherst connection to Afghanistan began in July 2009 when the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) asked the Center for International Education (CIE) and the Institute for Global Health (IGH) to work with Kabul Medical University. The two main tasks for the UMass team are to help improve the quality of medical education and develop a school of public health tUniveristyhat will offer a master's degree program. More...

UMass Boston- After earthquake, campus increases its efforts in Haiti

When the news broke about the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the first thing on Professor Alix Cantave's mind, like many others, was contacting his family, friends, and colleagues in Haiti. Only after days of watching, waiting, calling, and praying did Cantave begin to realize the extent of the work that lay ahead: The Haitian government has estimated that more than 217,000 people have died, 300,000 are injured and 1,000,000 are homeless. More...
UMass Lowell- China-UMass Connection Strengthened
More undergraduate students on campus may list their hometown as "Beijing" as a result of new connections forged on a recent trip. 
UMass Lowell representatives joined a University of Massachusetts delegation to Chinese universities late last fall to discuss a number of existing and potential programs. UMass Vice President Marcie Williams led the group, which included delegates from all four undergraduate universities, UMass Online and the President's Office. More...

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UMass Amherst- Swedish Academy of Sciences Honors UMass Physicist Egor Babaev
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded this year's Tage Erlander Prize in physics to Egor Babaev, assistant professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, "for pioneering theoretical work that predicts new states of matter in the form of superfluids with novel properties." More...
UMass Amherst- Obituary for Lawrence Pinkham, professor emeritus of Journalism, China expert
Lawrence Dana Pinkham of Amherst, professor emeritus of Journalism and former chair of the department, died Feb. 28 at the age of 83. Pinkham was instrumental in expanding the curriculum of the journalism program, and in drawing connections between coursework, reporting and the particular social conditions and needs of surround communities. In 1979, shortly after the resumption of relations between China and the United States, he was invited to teach journalism in Beijing as a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of Journalism, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. More...
UMass Amherst- Bhowmik lectures at conference in China
Prasanta C. Bhowmik, professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, gave an invited address at the First Asian Allelopathy Society (AAS) Conference held Dec. 18-22 in Guangzhou, China. More...

UMass Lowell- Faculty Delegation Visits Istanbul, Ankara

Interest was intense as a delegation of UMass Lowell faculty and administrators met with their counterparts at universities in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey, to discuss partnership opportunities.
The group visited with faculty and administrators from six universities in Turkey. Three were chosen because of prior faculty collaborations: the universities of Yeditepe, Sabanci and Bahcesehir. The others are well known, top-tier universities with many established exchange and research projects, including the Middle Eastern Technical University and Bilkent University. The University of Hacettepe was chosen for its strong program in the health sciences, with associated hospital, as well as programs in engineering and arts. More...

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UMass Dartmouth- Study Abroad with the Exchange Program In Hessen, Germany
Would you like to learn another language, study a different culture, meet new people, and build job market skills, then take advantage and apply for the Hessen International Exchange Program? This is a 3-4 week summer program, which is less than the price of taking two 3-credit courses on campus in the summer. More...
UMasss Lowell- Campus Reaches Out to Haiti
The UMass Lowell campus community has offered support to victims of the earthquake in Haiti through a series of events and fundraisers. The offices of Student Activities and Leadership and Multicultural Affairs have worked closely with the Haitian Student Association to collect funds at a UMass Lowell hockey game and a benefit at La Boniche restaurant in Lowell. More...
UMass Worcester- Student takes home prize at U. Washington's Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition
University of Massachusetts Medical School student Max Fraden, Class of 2013, teamed up with business student Charles Ishimwe from the Adventist University of Central Africa in Rwanda to take home the $10,000 Grand Prize in the 6th annual Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) for their plan to use the world's first commercially available pedal generator as an affordable, safe, and clean lighting alternative to kerosene in rural Rwanda. Awarded by the Global Business Center at the University of Washington's Michael G. Foster School of Business, the GSEC is a business plan competition in which students from around the world-and across fields of study-develop creative, commercially sustainable solutions to problems of poverty in the developing world. More...
UMass Worcester- Students come together to help victims in Haiti
In the days following the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, students at the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UMass Worcester came together in their support of global relief efforts. To coordinate efforts among the many individuals interested in helping, students formed the Haiti Relief Group, a consortium through which they've raised more than $1800. 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, 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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