Tuesday, October 10, 2006
OU joins Fulbright Association as memberOakland University recently became a Fulbright Association institutional member, joining the ranks of more than 165 institutions of higher education and internationally focused nonprofit organizations dedicated to the promotion of international education.
“We are pleased with this partnership with the Fulbright Association, an institution that promotes active engagement in international educational and cultural exchanges,” said Oakland’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Virinder Moudgil.
OU plays a leading role in preparing all of its students for an increasingly diverse and interdependent world. Oakland recently created the International Education Office, described by OU President Gary Russi as “a one-stop international education center for students and international faculty teaching opportunities and exchanges.”
OU participates in a well-established consortium of study-abroad programs, which was recently expanded to include China through the establishment of a scholar exchange agreement with the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.
“As a native of Michigan, I am particularly delighted with Oakland University’s affiliation as an institutional member,” said Jane L. Anderson, CAE, executive director of the Fulbright Association. “The university’s new International Allies program, which pairs an international student and a domestic student to provide both with new cultural experiences through social events and individual outings, shows OU’s commitment to the Fulbright Program principle of increasing international understanding between the people of the United States and those of our nations. We also look forward to interaction between Oakland University and our Southeast Michigan chapter.”
The Fulbright Association is a private, non-profit organization that supports and promotes the Fulbright Program, an international educational and cultural exchange initiative created in 1946 by legislation sponsored by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. There are Fulbright exchanges between the United States and more than 150 other countries. There are more than 250,000 Fulbright alumni throughout the world. A complete roster of Fulbright Association institutional members can be found on the Fulbright Web site.