On October 15th, the School of International Studies with OSU’s Division of Agricultural
Sciences & Natural Resources (DASNR) facilitated the signing of a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with the University of Ségou of the Republic of Mali, Africa.
The MOU indicates an openness to explore future opportunities for academic collaboration.
There were several OSU faculty members and staff who witnessed the emotional ceremony
that started a new relationship between the two institutions. After the MOU signing,
Minister Ginette Bellegarde Siby, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
of the Republic of Mali, stated, “The University of Ségou was officially born today.”
Those historic words will be remembered by the guests as the birth of a new university
in the Republic of Mali.
DASNR hosted the Malian delegation October 14 - 16. The delegation included Minister
Siby; Pr. Amadou Diallo, Rector, University of Bamako; Pr. Abdoulaye Salim Cissé,
Chairman of the Steering Committee, University of Ségou; and, Pr. Bakary Cissé,
Head of the Research Division, University of Bamako. Dr. David Henneberry, DASNR’s
Director of International Programs, was thoroughly pleased to host the delegation
and start a new cooperation. “It is a new relationship that will continue for a
long time and benefit both institutions,” said Henneberry.
The School of International Studies coordinates the signing of Memorandums of
Understanding between OSU and institutions and governments across the US and the
world. Currently, OSU has more than 180 active international agreements with over
150 entities encompassing almost 60 countries throughout the globe. OSU faculty
and administrators are actively engaged in increasing and emphasizing these agreements
and exchanges to advance OSU’s ambitious efforts to internationalize students’ educational
experience and research endeavors.
In Bangkok, Professor Emeritus Cecil Dugger was honored, and received the King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok Outstanding International Alliance Award from Thai Princess Maha Chakree Sirindhorn. His wife, Geneva received a special lapel pin designed by the princess. The award was given for their support of Thai education. Dr. Cecil Dugger and his wife were recognized as academic developers and cooperative scholars for Thai education community.
The Graduate Program of the School of International Studies welcomed 35 new students
to campus in August. This makes the total enrolled for Fall ’09 now stand at 90
students. The class is a pretty diverse one. It is comprised of approximately 50%
male and female students and about 60% domestic and 40% international students.
Fourteen states are represented among the domestic students and 23 countries are
represented among the international students. SIS is pleased to welcome such a diverse
group of students to campus. This is an exciting way to begin the 11th year of Program!
The Graduate Program of the School of International Studies (SIS) welcomes two students
who were awarded the highly regarded Muskie Program Fellowship. Rafael Zhansultanov
from Kazakhstan and Jahan Saparmamedova from Turkmenistan will be among the 30 new
students entering the Graduate Program for the Fall 2009 semester. SIS is honored
to continue its tradition of having Muskie Fellows in its Graduate Program. Currently,
two other students – Firyuza Babayeva of Turkmenistan and Eraj Kaniev of Tajikistan
– are among SIS’s 90 students who are working toward their Master’s degrees. In
its ten year history, SIS has had about 50 Muskie Fellows go through the Graduate
Program. For more information about the Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, click
School of International Studies’ (SIS) student, Jason Field, recently returned
from his two year Peace Corps service in Lesotho, Africa. About Lesotho Jason says,
"Lesotho is a great place to be. Being surrounded by South Africa offers access
to all the comforts of life, yet Lesotho is remote enough to offer a true African
experience. It is extremely safe – the English language is widely used, and the
people are some of the friendliest on Earth. Anyone planning a trip to Africa should
consider the 'Mountain Kingdom' as their destination."
Students in the Peace Corps Master’s International Program, a part of the SIS
Graduate Program, take one year of classes, serve their two years of Peace Corps
service, then return for a semester of follow-up thesis or creative component hours.
It is a unique opportunity to incorporate one’s Peace Corps service into a Master’s
degree. SIS has one of the few graduate programs in the US to offer this opportunity,
and it is considered one of the nation’s most successful. Since 2003, among alumni,
those in the field and those in class, SIS’s program boasts almost 30 participants.
Oklahoma State University signed a memorandum of understanding
(MOU) wth Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania, on July 15, 2009. OSU professor
Dr. Salim Hiziroglu was in Romania for the signing ceremony.
The relationship between the two universities started more than 15 years ago,
when Dr. Hiziroglu began correspondence with Transilvania University professors
Dr. Lidia Gurau and Dr. Marius Barbu, based on their shared specialties in wood
products and technology. Dr. Hiziroglu and Dr. Barbu have also worked together since
2000 to organize international conferences for the International Union Forestry
Research Organization (IUFRO).
Potential benefits of the MOU include research collaboration, as well as student
and visiting scholar exchanges.
“Transilvania University of Brasov is well-developed and one of the most established
research institutions in Romania,” said Dr. Hiziroglu.
Tina Dicks, incoming student to the School of International Studies (SIS), has been
awarded the first ever Wes & Lou Watkins Matthew 25:40 Scholarship. Tina, whose
focus area in SIS will be Human Development, Society & Education and who will also
be a Peace Corps Master’s International student, will travel to Sierra Leone this
summer to develop 4-H- and FFA-type programs for the country’s large youth population
(over 50%). Congressman and Regent Watkins have endowed four Matthew 25:40 Scholarships
to incentivize students to travel abroad taking projects to developing countries.
Congressman Watkins presented the check for the endowed scholarships to OSU President
Burns Hargis at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of SIS in April. Tina’s project
is especially dear to Congressman Watkins because of his heavy involvement in FFA
as a youth. In fact, he credits FFA with being the vehicle that opened his eyes
to a world that eventually led to him becoming a US Representative from Oklahoma.
Tina is the daughter of SIS Faculty Member, Dr. Mike Dicks, in the College of Agricultural
Sciences and Natural Resources.
On June 18th, Congressman Wes Watkins (right) presented Tina Dicks (left) with the
first ever Wes & Lou Watkins Matthew 25:40 Scholarship.
Dr. Burns Hargis, the President of Oklahoma State University and his wife Ann, accompanied by Dr. Stephen Miller, the Director of the School of International Studies Graduate Program, visited Thailand. The President and the delegations joined an Alumni event held by Dr. Phayung Meesad, the head of OSU Alumni Association of Thailand.In this trip, the group had a chance to visit four cooperative Universities associated with the Alumni. - King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) hosted by Prof. Dr. Teravuti Boonyasopon, President.-Chiang Mai University (CMU) hosted by Dr. Ponsak Angkasit, President.-Maejo University (MJU) hosted by Dr. Thep Phongparnich, President.-Rajamangala University of Technology-Lanna (RMUTLL) hosted by Dr.Chaiyong Eurviriyanukul, President. The purpose of the visit was to meet with administrative teams in order to discuss cooperative activities between OSU and the Institutions.
The Fulbright Resource Center within the School of International
Studies has helped two more students attain a prestigious Fulbright grant. Fulbright
Teaching Assistantships were announced April 28th for Andrew Moore and Emily Lehenbauer.
Wanting to increase its efforts to help students through the extensive application
process for Fulbright grants, OSU created the Fulbright Resource Center and made
it a unit of SIS. Last year, OSU put forth six applications, and this year, it doubled
that number to twelve. For more information about OSU’s Fulbright efforts and application
process, visit http://fulbright.okstate.edu. To read about this year’s awardees
and the projects for which they were awarded their Fulbright grants,
April 24, 2009, Dr. Thep Phongparnich, the 2005 OSU Distinguished International Alumni Awardee, and the President of Maejo University, with a faculty delegation, visited OSU. Dr. David M. Henneberry, the Director of International Agricultural Programs and Tim Huff, the manager of OSU’s International Students and Scholars Office, were the hosts who provided accommodations and reception.Delegation:1. Prof. Dr. Numchai Thanupon : VP for International Affairs2. Asst. Prof. Dr. Chamnian Yosraj: VP for Administration3. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chalermchai Panyadee: VP for Academic and Research4. Asst. Prof. Prasan Wongmaneerung: VP for Strategy and Educational Standards5. Assoc. Prof. Arkom Kanjanaphachot: VP for Student Development & Alumni Relations6. Assoc. Prof. Danuwat Peng-ont: Director, Institute of Product Quality & Standardization7. Asst. Prof. Adisorn Kuntharose: Assistant to the President8. Mr. Anun Punyavee: Director, Office of the President9. Mr. Somboon Kladkleb: Assistant to the president10. Mr. Sanguan Chantalay: Adviser to the President11. Mr. Prakong Yodhom: Head of Phisical Plant and Maintenance12. Mr. Surin Deeseepan: Senior Agricultural Specialist13. Mr. Surachai Salirat: Manager, University Farm and Park14. Dr. Sunila Thanupon: Associate Professor(Names in the red color are those who have already visited OSU in the past)On this trip, Dr. Phongparnich and delegation had an opportunity to tour the campus and Agricultural sectors: -Landscape Architecture and Contracting Facilitators-Teaching Green House-OSU Oklahoma Botanical and Environmental Turfgrass Research Studies/Facilities -Farm of Dr. James KeyThe purpose of the visit was to learn and gain knowledge about the American Educational system and the US agricultural farms.
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