International Students & Scholars
The Center for International and Intercultural Education along with the College of Education, Health, and Human Services host international scholars and students here for various reasons. The College also sends faculty and staff overseas for research, establishing relationships, and to broaden intelectual perspectives. This exchange has been in existence since 1987 and continues to grow more each year. Please check out the important people that Kent State has been privileged to host and to call family.
Academic Year 2011-2012:
We are pleased to announce the record number of 24 scholars hosted by the CIIE at one time in residence.
Ying "Vanessa" Ma
People's Republic of China
Academic Year 2010-2011:
Ia Kupatadze is a visiting scholar through IREX University Administration Support Program. Ia is a coordinator/advisor of College of Engineering in Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. Ia's research focus is on corporate relationships between companies and universities. mostly in architectural and engineering field.
Roza Yrysova is a Junior Faculty Development Program Scholar from Kyrgyzstan. Roza is an administrative faculty member in her university in Kyrgyzstan. Roza continues her research at Kent State University during the spring semester.
Geral Read Center is currently hosting two scholars: Lydia Nyako, an administrator in University of Ghana-Legon, and Giorgi Ghvedashvili, an associate professor in Tbilisi State University, though the University Administration Support Program (UASP), provided by IREX. Lydia is from Ghana and working as an administrator of university. Her mentor is Dr. Tim Chandler during her stay in Kent State University. Giorgi is from Georgia and an assistant professor of Scientific Research and Development in Tbilisi State University. His mentor is Dr. John West while completing his administrative studies.
Mrs. Mansoureh Sharifzadeh, an English teacher in Tehran, Iran, hosted a brown bag. Her presentation was "Challenges in Teaching High School Girls in Tehran, Iran."
Kasim Yildirim, Research Assistant, Department of Education, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey. Kasim is working on his Ph.D. and will be defending his dissertation in Turkey.
Hongli Zhang, Foreign Languages Department, Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan city, Shanxi Province, People's Republic of China.
Dina Sijamhodzic-Nadarevic is a Junior Faculty Development Program Scholar from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dina works as a senior assistant professor in Islamic Studies in her native country and will be in residence at KSU during the Spring Semester.
Nina Lazarevic is a Junior Faculty Development Program Scholar from the University of Nis, Serbia. Nina is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia and works as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Nis in Nis, Serbia. She teaches Methodology of TEFL,Translation and Interculturalcommunication. Nina will be in residence at KSU during the Spring Semester. International Students.Vuk Kljajic is a Junior Faculty Development Program Scholar from Montenegro. Vuk has been working towards earning his Ph.D. degree since 2008; his doctoral research focuses on marketing information system in the development of tourism of Montenegro. Vuk is in residence at KSU Spring Semester 2010.
Academic Year 2007-2008
Distinguished scholars welcomed in CIIE: Dr. Olcay Unver continues to be in residency and work closely with colleagues around the world on the Euphrates and Tigris Initiative for Cooperation and other water resource management initiatives. Dr. Shih-mei Yang, from the Department of English teaching of the National Taichung University in Taiwan is on a Fulbright sponsored-research residence working with KSU's Dr. Wendy Kasten.Academic Year 2005-2006
In the academic year 2005-06, CIIE was pleased to welcome several visiting scholars in residence. Dr. Olcay Unver, Distinguished Visiting Scholar from Ankara, Turkey, continued his residency for working closely with water based resources, economic development, and Turkish initiatives with special funding from the Cleveland Foundation and Kent State University. Also in residence this year will be Jean Baxen, from South Africa and a COST colleague, researching on AIDS and teaching, and Dr. Yoo Jin Shon, post-doctorate scholar in early childhood education from South Korea. Elena Chernikova, an IREX Muskie Scholar from Russia, and Arayik Navoyan,American Council's Junior Faculty Development Program, was also in residence in the Center during the 2005-06 academic year. We also welcomed Munevver Mertoglu, from the Istanbul Ministry of Education, to Kent State University and assisted with her research in school violence with KSU's Institute for the Prevention of Violence.
In August, 2005, we welcomed Dr. Prakash Singh, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University of South Africa. His month long stay helped his investigations in to various aspects of higher education.Academic Year 2004-2005
Year long visiting scholars during the 2004-05 school year were Dr. Roland Louis, from University of Sherbrooke in Montreal, Canada; and Hong Mei Zhang from Vocational and Technical College of Jingcheng, Shanxi Province of the People's Republic of China.
In 2005, two groups of 10 Turkish women leaders were in residence for two weeks each receiving training in Leadership in a Democracy as part of a US State Department Grant.
In Fall 2004, CIIE hosted seven Kyrgyz scholars for six weeks training in Civic Education: Ekaterina Galimova, Kryrgyz Russian Slavic University; Emulya Galimova, Osh State University; Anton Kalandarov, Center for Democratic Education; Nurgul Maseitova, Kyrygz-Uzbek University; Yuri Vasiliev, Center for Critical Thinking; Kyzyi-Kiya Secondary School; Kaiyr Kaidolutova, Orgochor Secondary School; and Valentin Ladeishikov, Mailusu Secondary School.Academic Year 2003-2004
In April 2003 four scholars from Armenia in a special project for writing a technology education plan for the country and funded by Project Harmony: Gayaneh Terzyan, Philological Department, Yerevan State University; Dr. Melanya Astvatsatryan, Chair of Pedagogy and Language, Yerevan Brusov State Linguistic University; Hayk Sharkhatunyan, Head of Computer Unit, Center for Educational Reforms, Ministry of Education and Science, Artashes Torosyan, Principal of School in Yerevan, and Teacher Trainer in the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Program.Academic Year 2002-2003
For the 2002-03 academic year, four visiting scholars were in residence for short and long-term stays in the Center. Omral Yucel, USA corporate representative for Bahcesehir Ugur Educational Institutions in Istanbul, Turkey, was in residence for the entire academic year. In his capacity as a visiting scholar, Mr. Yucel coordinates the collaboration between his university and other educational enterprises and Kent State and other Ohio educational institutions. Visiting Fulbright scholar, Viktorya Levinskaya from Uzbekistan was in residence in April for a short term research collaboration with Dr. Kenneth Cushner. Visiting H. H. Humprey Fellow Oguljamal Yazliyeva spent a month-long residence and research into the transformation of higher education in Turkmenistan. Neil Andersen, from Christ ChurchPolytechnical University in Christchurch New Zealand also visited Dr. Kenneth Cushner in April.Academic Year 2001-2002
In the 2001 - 2002 academic year - a year that had less exchange and travel because of the events of September 11, 2001 - included short term day visitors included a delegation from Burma, sponsored by the U. S. Department of State. These five private educators from Burma visited public and private schools and libraries, and were hosted by CIIE for presentations on American secondary schooling, VISA status for American college and universities, and funding of schools in America.Dr. Ilghiz Sinagatullin, Professor of Education from Birsk State Pedagogical Institute, in Central Russia, funded by the US State Department Regional Scholar Exchange Program, spent the fall semester 2001 in residence. His residency not only enriched the CGSE with seminars, class presentations, and personal conversation, but resulted in a book.
As part of an on-going collaboration in southeastern Turkey, three Turkish scholars were in residence for two weeks in December 2001 completing Turkish specific intercultural communication training, Intercultural Training and Resource Guide for Understanding and Improving Intercultural Relations within the Southeastern Anatolia Region, Turkey. Melek Cakmak and Ibrahim Tugrul from the Republic of Turkey's Southeastern Anatolia Regional Development Administration and Dr. Suheyla Kirca, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, co-authored the resource guide with Dr. Kenneth Cushner and Linda Robertson of the CIIE.
A summer 2001 visitor from Egypt, Dr. Monir Nazir, conducted research in curriculum and instruction. His residency was supported by the Arab Republic of Egypt. Another short term visitor in the spring of 2002, Dr. Ian McPherson, from Queensland University, Australia, was in residence for two weeks of collaborative constructionist curriculum study with Dr. James Henderson, a professor in the College and Graduate School of Education. These examples of one-day touring scholars, short term research and writing scholars, and long-term scholars-in-residence indicate the richness of the Visiting Scholar Program.
In the past such scholars included, Batt Burns, County Kerry, Ireland; Raymond Katta, Sierra Leone; Dr. Heung Beom Cheon of Gyeongsang National University, South Korea; Dr. Zoya Malkova and Dr. Nikolai Nikandrov of the Ministry of Education, Russia; Dr. David Langley of the South African College of Teacher Education; and many others from such nations as Japan, Israel, and Ukraine.
Association of International Students In Education, Health and Human Services (AIS EHHS)
CIIE provides assistance to international students enrolled in the College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services. Each year, CIIE awards scholarships for graduate students (domestic and international) to present or conduct research internationally. The Center also provides social programming for international students--a welcoming reception each fall, trips with entertainment in Cleveland or Columbus, and potluck dinners at the end of each semester. Additionally CIIE provides support to the Association of International Students in Education, Health and Human Services--a graduate organization for students in EHHS who have an interest in international education or who are international students. With AIS, CIIE has co-sponsored Brown Bag Seminar featuring international topics and research.
For information about AIS and its activities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by 215 White Hall to add your name to the AIS listserv so you keep up with AIS and CIIE activities.