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WSC to Host Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence

Published: 6-7-2012 9:45 am

Wayne State College has been awarded one of only 50 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence grants for the 2012-2013 academic year. The grant will bring an eminent Russian scholar to campus and open up the possibility of further partnerships with educational institutions in the Russian Federation.

The Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence will be Dr. Dmitry I. Pobedash, an associate professor of international relations at Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg, Russia.  He will teach classes on world politics, international relations, and Russian language and culture at Wayne State during the 2012-13 academic year.  In addition to teaching his classes, he will visit area schools and community organizations, present lectures to the campus and community, and work with the Wayne State College International Student Association.  Dr. Pobedash will also assist Wayne State College in establishing a partnership with Ural Federal University that will allow faculty and students from both institutions to study and teach at the other school. He will begin his residency Aug. 15 and will remain until May 15, 2013.

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, enables U.S. colleges and universities to host foreign academics to lecture on a wide range of subject fields for a semester or academic year. Preference is given to institutions developing an international agenda and that have been underserved in opportunities for international experiences.

“We are very fortunate to have been awarded this grant,” said Dr. Jon Dalager, Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Wayne State College.  “We will be hosting an eminent teacher and scholar from the Russian Federation who will not only teach several classes, but will make himself or herself available to student groups, community organizations and local schools to discuss international issues, Russian  culture and language.  Through this relationship, we will also attempt to create a partnership with the scholar's home institution so that our students can study in Russia, and that Russian students can study at Wayne State College.” 

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  The Fulbright Program has provided nearly 300,000 participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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