CWUNewsNewshttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/newsen-usEdiz Kaykayoglu Named Executive Director of the Office of International Studies and Programshttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3174Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:28:12<p><img alt="Ediz Kaykayoglu, CWU’s new executive director of the Office of International Studies" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/IMG_0093.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 320px; margin: 3px; float: right;"> Frank, provost and vice president for academic and student life at CWU, has selected Ediz L. Kaykayoglu to serve as CWU’s new executive director of the Office of International Studies. He begins his new post this week.</p><p>Kaykayoglu previously served as faculty and the director of Education Abroad at Kent State University. He has worked in higher education since 2003 and has expertise in computer technology, educational technology, and international education.</p><p>“I am absolutely delighted that Ediz will be joining our team,” Frank said. “He brings exceptional knowledge and skills to the position, and I am confident that he will help lead the unit into its next phase of development.”</p><p>Frank said that under Kaykayoglu’s leadership at Kent State, study abroad participation grew substantially across the university’s international and domestic campuses.</p><p>“Ediz helped develop recruitment strategies that resulted in a 26 percent increase in the number of study abroad students last year and collaborated with faculty and colleges to increase faculty-led study abroad programs by 25 percent,” Frank noted.</p><p>Kaykayoglu became director of Education Abroad in 2015 and was the assistant director of the program for two years prior. He was Education Abroad manager from 2010 to 2013 and special assistant to the executive director of the Office of Global Education at Kent State from 2009-2010. He also taught information technology courses at Kent State from 2003-2006.</p><p>Kaykayoglu has a BS in computer engineering from Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a master’s degree in computer technology from Kent State University. He is currently pursuing his PhD in instructional technology education at Kent State, focusing his research on evaluating online intervention methods to enhance cultural intelligence.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714, Richard.Moreno@cwu.edu.</p>First CWU Alumni Gathering in China Rated a Resounding Successhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3173Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:43:07<p><img alt="Rachel Gordon, OISP project manager, and six students in Shanghai, China" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/Rachel%20and%20students%20for%20OISP%20website.jpg" style="width: 425px; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 255px;">Bob Ford, Central Washington University’s senior director of Alumni and Constituent Relations, didn’t know what to expect when he decided to host the first-ever CWU Alumni Association event in China on October 21.</p><p>However, on the day of the event, held in Liuzhou City, he was pleasantly surprised to find a room filled with 130 CWU alumni, many of whom also brought their families.</p><p>“It was one of the larger events we have had on a whole, let alone going all the way to China,” Ford said.</p><p>Ashley Gillum, director of program development for Alumni and Constituent Relations, who also went on the trip, added, “The affinity for Central was truly remarkable. Years later having 130 of them attend an alumni reunion shows that the Wildcat spirit is still very much alive, even if they live more than 6,000 miles away.”</p><p>The participants were among 185 university graduates who earned their CWU master’s degrees through a program designed specifically for Liuzhou City government employees. Six groups have come to the Ellensburg campus, each for the yearlong study that led to advanced degrees in engineering technology, public accountancy, public administration, or information technology and administrative management.</p><p>“This trip provided us with a significant opportunity to connect all of those cohorts [classes] together,” Ford added. “They had begun doing things back in Liuzhou as individual cohorts but they did not have a formalized connection. So, when they got to our event, they were amazed by the people they had some relationships with but didn’t know they were also Wildcats.”</p><p>The reunion featured a video message from CWU President James L. Gaudino, and others from university faculty that led the graduate-level coursework. It also allowed some participants to reconnect with Gillum, who studied alongside Liuzhou students as she earned her Master of Science in Public Administration in 2017.</p><p>“Being able to visit my classmates and friends in their home was a once in a lifetime experience,” said Gillum. “We may have been learning about public administration in the classroom but the bond we created extended so much further.”</p><p>The alumni helped facilitate visits by the CWU group to Liuzhou High School and Liuzhou Railway Vocational Technical College, where they met with some potential future Wildcats, along with behind-the-scenes tours of city municipal offices and facilities.</p><p>“We were also able to see the world famous Rare Stone Museum there, which is actually managed by one of our alumni,” Ford pointed out. “It was interesting to witness how much pride they had in their city, how much pride they had in their country, but also how much pride they had for Central and in us being there.”&nbsp;</p><p>Rachel Gordon, project manager for the CWU Office of International Studies and Programs, took part in the two-week long excursion that included six meetings with current and prospective educational affiliates in China, including Anhui University, which has collaborated with CWU for 36 years.</p><p>“There are some great collaborations in the works,” she noted. “We also met so many bright, young students. We can’t wait to visit [China] again and to greet our new students once they arrive here at Central.”</p><p>CWU has developed educational, exchange, and research programs with 30 higher educational institutions worldwide, including 14 in Asia alone. The university typically enrolls about 500 international students annually for classes in Ellensburg, at a University Center or CWU instructional site, from more than 50 countries.</p><p>Ford said, “We talk about connecting our students to a global society. So, as an alumni association, we have decided to help pave that road and build the network of CWU Wildcats locally, nationally, and internationally.”</p><p>Gillum added, “The opportunity to connect with the Liuzhou cohort was an amazing educational and cultural experience. There have been many amazing memories during my career at Central, but this will stand out for years to come.”</p><p>The CWU trip came during the final week of China’s 19th Communist Party Congress, which included a significant turnover in the country’s top leadership. That situation could pay dividends for Central in coming years.</p><p>“You’re seeing elder statesman transitioning out and being replaced by younger leaders that have a little different vision,” Ford said. “They want to further internationalize China, and have more of a global market economy, as a way to provide for the emergence of a middle class. There are more adults seeking higher education for themselves, or their kids, including through study abroad, along with increased interest in bringing students to China on exchange. I see this as a great opportunity for our institution.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>Rachel Gordon, CWU OISP project manager, and some new friends in Shanghai</p>CWU Students Take a Walk on the Wild Side in SOBRE MÉXICOhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3170Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:15:46<p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/images/cane%20toad-%20Sobre%20Mexico.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;"></p><p>A rare, tropical dry forest, unique animal species, and the opportunity for international scientific collaboration—it's all there and more for students in the SOBRE Mexico program. The summer study program offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance for students to pursue a rewarding study abroad program at a renowned research station in Jalisco, México.</p><p>In 2016, Professors Daniel Beck and Gabrielle Stryker, from Central Washington University’s Department of Biological Sciences, received $249,499 from the National Science Foundation for <em>SOBRE MÉXICO: Student Opportunities for Biological Research in México</em>. The summer of 2017 was the first year of the grant; Beck and Stryker are recruiting students for summer 2018. The deadline to apply is November 3.</p><p>"This year, we had an opportunity to study what dramatic climate change can do to a unique biome," Beck said. "In October 2016, Hurricane Patricia blasted through the region, causing significant changes throughout the forest."</p><p>According to Beck, the event opened up even more exciting avenues of research.</p><p>"We looked at the way the hurricane changed the structure of the forest," he explained. "It changed the habitat of the lizards, turtles, and toads, as well as arthropod species such as ticks."</p><p>The students received research credits to analyze their data and prepare posters, and will present their work at various symposia.</p><p>"The opportunities for conducting meaningful, and ongoing research at the research station are endless," Beck noted. "This is an unparalleled opportunity for our students to expand both their personal and professional horizons."</p><p><strong>SOBRE MÉXICO</strong><br>The grant allows CWU students to research and study rare species in a unique environment, while collaborating with an international team of scientists. The students will live at the Estación de Biología, Chamela, a research station located in a seasonally dry tropical forest biome in coastal Jalisco, México, located south of Puerto Vallarta.</p><p>“Our students, both undergraduate and graduate, will receive a stipend to spend a summer working in one of the most amazing places in the world,” said Beck. He and his students have been making research trips to the area since 1999. “The dry tropical forest biome features extreme seasonality in rainfall, and the species that thrive there have learned to adapt to a wide range of environments.”</p><p>One of the major goals of the grant is to attract Hispanic students to biological research.</p><p>“Many of our students have grown up in bilingual families,” Beck remarked. “This program lets them use their valuable language skills to pursue science, and help non-Spanish-speaking peers in their studies. In this way, their language skills become a gateway, not a barrier.”</p><p>The program is structured to enhance cultural awareness and sensitivity for all participants. Although students don’t have to know Spanish to enter the program, they will learn and practice Spanish daily with their Spanish-speaking peers. They will also learn to present their findings to local schoolchildren, and they will travel to México City to visit UNAM, and partake in other cultural activities.</p><p>For more information or to apply to the program, go to www.cwu.edu/sobre-mexico</p><p><em>Photo: Students study toads, among other species, in SOBRE MÉXICO.</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p><p>October 25, 2017</p></br>Student comes more than 9,000 miles to study at CWUhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3164Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:48:27<p><img alt="Haytham Guebibia" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/Haytham%20Guebibia.jpg" style="width: 263px; height: 350px; margin: 3px; float: right;">For the second year in a row, CWU has been selected to host a student from the North African county of Tunisia for the 2017-18 school year.</p><p>The university was chosen by <a href="https://www.irex.org/">IREX</a> based on the quality of the education offered, coupled with opportunities for community interaction.<br><br>“We had well over 150 applications from universities all across the United States applying to host students from the Tunisia Undergraduate Scholarship Program (Tunisia UGRAD),” said Kelfala Lebbie, IREX program associate.</p><p>“We were more than impressed by the work that the staff here put into making last year a very successful one for the Tunisia UGRAD student and we were more than happy to send another student here this year,” he continued. “Central Washington University does have really good and competitive academic programs. Ellensburg is a great town and we wanted a student to come out here to learn about America.”</p><p>Haytham Guebibia, the student who will be spending the next year in Ellensburg, said he never thought he would be chosen to participate in the program.</p><p>“It was like a dream to come to the [United] States—too good to be true,” Guebibia said about how he felt when he first learned about the scholarship program two years ago. “I did not participate the first year because I thought it was impossible.”</p><p>That mindset changed when he saw some of his friends take advantage of the exchange. He applied, competed for, and received the scholarship for this year, one of 100 selected from more than 1,200 applicants. His next decision pertained to his academic tract.</p><p>“After English, which is my major, I’ve always wanted to study communications,” he pointed out. “Improving my writing skills is the main purpose for choosing journalism. I really like to write and I want to learn the correct structure for writing for a newspaper.”</p><p>Based on that desire, IREX officials placed him at CWU in Ellensburg, neither of which were familiar to him.<br><br>“I read ‘central Washington’ and I thought it was in [Washington] D.C.,” he added. “I found out that there’s another Washington and I didn’t know anything about it. I knew about Seattle, but I didn’t know that it was in Washington state.”<br><br>Not only is his locale different than expected, but so are the educational system, and the weather.<br><br>“Here, it’s really colder and they told me snow is a big thing. It never snows back home. I have to get accustomed to a lot of things,” Guebibia said. “But I’m not complaining. I was surprised that the people here want to know about my background, where I come from, what it’s like to live in Tunisia—they’re very friendly. I didn’t think they would be so interested.”</p><p>IREX facilitates international education and development. Lebbie works specifically with the Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program’s Tunisia UGRAD, which is a program of the United State Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by IREX.<br><br>“The goals of the program are to help the student develop academic and professional skills that they can then use to contribute to the economic development of Tunisia once they’re back home,” Lebbie explained. “It also allows them to get exposed to American culture, learn about American values, become friends with Americans, and teach Americans about where they’re from.”<br><br>Students are matched to institutions based, in part, on academic interest. Just as the students must fill out application forms, potential host colleges and universities must submit rigorous paperwork, detailing how they will meet students’ needs.<br><br>“Whatever way they can, the schools are also responsible for trying to find opportunities by which the student can talk about their home country,” Lebbie said. “The students also have to get involved with a local event or activity—that’s part of the cultural passport component.”<br><br>Students must upload photos with explanations in six different categories—such as sports and leisure, and local pride—in order to achieve their passport, along with making a community presentation pertaining to their country and culture.</p><p>Rachel Gordon, project manager with the CWU Office of International Studies and Program, added, “There are people on campus who don’t know that Tunisia exists. It’s exciting to be able to continue to spread that awareness, make connections, and provide a cultural experience to people and students who are place-bound. Haytham is a bright and energetic student and we’re lucky to have him here.”</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU students earn prestigious international scholarships for study abroadhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3148Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:49:44<p><img alt="(L. to r.) CWU students, Gilman scholarship recipients Kendall Kramer and Stephan Simes." src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/CWU%20Gilman%20students%202017.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 253px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Learning about human rights and legal protections in Peru, and developing Japanese language proficiency, while exploring the culture of Japan. Those are the objectives of Central Washington University students Kendall Kramer and Stephan Simes, after they were each named a recipient of a prestigious, national <a href="https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program">Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship</a><a href="https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program" target="_blank">.</a><br><br>Sponsored by the <a href="https://eca.state.gov/" target="_blank">U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs</a>, the funding will come to Kramer and Simes for study abroad during the 2017-18 school year.<br><br>Kramer, who is double-majoring in Spanish and public health, will intern fall quarter in Cusco, Peru, at the Asociación por la Vida y la Dignidad Humana (Association for Human Life and Dignity). It is a local non-profit organization that promotes human rights and legal protections in southeastern Peru.<br><br>“I’m looking forward to learning about the culture, developing relationships in this new community, and talking with locals, who are typically all so welcoming and willing to share their love for their country with me,” said Kramer, a junior from Bend, Oregon, who admits to a passion for traveling to new places, says she is eager to try the Peruvian cuisine as well.<br><br>It will provide good experience and training as she pursues her aspiration to join Peace Corps after graduation.<br><br>During the course of the entire upcoming academic year, Simes, who is majoring in Japanese, will go on exchange to Takushoku University in Tokyo, where he will hone his Japanese language capability while learning about the country’s heritage.<br><br>Simes, a junior, noted, “Receiving the Gilman scholarship offers me financial stability to be successful in Japan. Japanese is my passion. I believe that when people follow their passions, it brings good fortune and happiness.”<br><br>From Tacoma, Simes plans to finish his bachelor’s degree at CWU, attend graduate school in Japan, and “to become a naturalized Japanese citizen. These are big plans, and my journey is only beginning.”<br><br>Nicki Kukar, executive director of the CWU Office of International Studies and Programs, says the competitive scholarships add further evidence to the quality of the students at CWU, their academic programs and goals, and the support and opportunities available through OISP.<br><br>“We’re excited for these students and the experiences that await them,” Kukar pointed out, adding that 21 CWU students have received Gilman awards since January 2012. “Studying abroad is a life changing experience that enables students to learn about themselves, in addition to new cultures, languages, and new perspectives.”<br><br>Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to cover costs associated with their international programs. The goal is for them to gain a better understanding of other countries, cultures, economies, and languages, as a way to develop leaders for posts in government and the private sector. As students must receive the Federal Pell Grant in order to eligible to apply, the Gilman Scholarship specifically seeks to assist students of limited financial means in pursuing these opportunities.<br><br>The late Congressman Gilman, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired Foreign Relations Committee, was a proponent of study abroad, and was quoted as saying that it “provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.</p><p><strong>Photo:&nbsp;</strong>(L. to r.) CWU students, Gilman scholarship recipients Kendall Kramer and Stephan Simes.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU receives funding for summer international exchange programhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3147Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:50:03<p><img alt="Kurume Institute of Technology President Katsumi Imaizumi and students while in Ellensburg." src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/21124822_10155444751316488_1591977498_o.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 300px; margin: 3px; float: right;"><a href="https://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/oisp-faculty-staff">Rachel Gordon</a>, project manager for the CWU Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP), worked in collaboration with the University English as a Second Language program to receive grant funding for the OISP WorldCat Summer Institute.</p><p>The short-term, summer program for international college students provides them with opportunities to learn about American culture and hone their English language skills. Many of the 47 students in Ellensburg this month were paired up with community host families.</p><p>It allowed the student to get a sense of typical American daily activities and routines, while also giving the students opportunities to share Japanese culture with family members.<br><br>University of Shimane Junior College students have been a part of such study abroad programs at CWU for more than 25 years. This marks the second year that Shimane students were joined by Kurume Institute of Technology (KIT) students.</p><p>In addition, KIT President Katsumi Imaizumi, who visited campus for the first time this year, signed an official Memorandum of Understanding between his institution. In addition, two KIT professors met with CWU’s aviation and engineering departments to discuss potential areas of future collaboration.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> President Imaizumi, of Kurume Institute of Technology (fifth from left), poses with KIT students in front of the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center during his recent visit to the Ellensburg campus.</p><p>August 28, 2017</p></br></br>Two Central Washington University Students Awarded U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroadhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3146Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:45:01<p>CWU students Kendall Kramer (Public Health &amp; Spanish) and Stephan Simes (Japanese) are two of approximately 1,200 undergraduate students from 354 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s <a href="http://eca.state.gov/" target="_blank">Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs</a> to study or intern abroad during the 2017-18 Academic Year. Kendall will study for the Fall 2017 term in Cusco, Peru, where she will also complete an internship at the <span id="cke_bm_310S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>Asociación por la Vida y la Dignidad Humana<span id="cke_bm_310E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>, or Aporvidha, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting human rights and legal protections in the Cusco region. Stephan will study over the full academic year at CWU exchange partner Takushoku University in Hachioji, Tokyo, <span id="cke_bm_311E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>Japan. While there, he will concentrate on honing his Japanese language skills and learning Japanese culture.</p><table style="width: 500px;" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" align="center"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/images/study-abroad/Kramer.png" style="width: 150px; height: 160px;"></td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/images/study-abroad/Simes.png" style="width: 150px; height: 166px;"></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs.&nbsp; The program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or internships abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply.&nbsp; Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies -- making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.</p><p>The late Congressman Gilman, served in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee. When honored with the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2002, he commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates.&nbsp; Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience.&nbsp; It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community."</p><p>The program is administered by the Institute of International Education.&nbsp; The list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available on their website: <a href="http://www.iie.org/gilman" target="_blank">gilmanscholarship.org</a>. According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries.&nbsp; It is critical to the success of US diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”</p><p>CWU students interested in learning more about education opportunities, should contact Study Abroad and Exchange Programs (<a href="mailto:studyabroad@cwu.edu">studyabroad@cwu.edu</a>), attend one of our information sessions held semi-weekly each quarter and attend the Fall 2017 Education Abroad Fair on October 26th in SURC 137. CWU’s primary Gilman Scholarship advisor is Steve Cook, Assistant Director for Study Abroad and Exchange Programs (<a href="mailto:steven.cook@cwu.edu">steven.cook@cwu.edu</a>).</p><hr><address><strong>U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA)</strong> - For more than 50 years the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has sought to cultivate mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, and peaceful relations, as mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. ECA accomplishes its mission through a variety of exchange programs and other initiatives that support mutual understanding by protecting cultural heritage across the globe, and providing educational resources for people interested in learning about American culture and the English language. ECA programs engage participants from a variety of backgrounds and specialties. For more information about ECA programs, initiatives, and achievements, visit <a href="http://eca.state.gov/" target="_blank">eca.state.gov</a>.</address><address>The <strong>Institute of International Education (IIE) </strong>is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas.&nbsp; An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world’s most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization.&nbsp; IIE has a network of 19 offices worldwide working with more than 1,200 member institutions and over 6,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions.&nbsp; IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships administered for the U.S. Department of State.&nbsp; The Institute is a resource for educators and institutions worldwide (<a href="http://www.iie.org" target="_blank">www.iie.org</a>), publishing the Open Doors Report and operating <a href="http://www.IIEPassport.org" target="_blank">www.IIEPassport.org</a> and <a href="http://www.studyabroadfunding.org" target="_blank">www.studyabroadfunding.org</a>&nbsp; search engines for study abroad program and study abroad scholarships.&nbsp; For more information, please contact the Gilman International Scholarship at <a href="mailto:gilmanscholarship@iie.org">gilmanscholarship@iie.org</a>.</address></span id="cke_bm_310S" style="display: none;"></span id="cke_bm_310E" style="display: none;"></span id="cke_bm_311E" style="display: none;"></table style="width: 500px;" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" align="center"></td style="text-align: center;"></td style="text-align: center;"></td style="text-align: center;"></a href="mailto:studyabroad@cwu.edu"></a href="mailto:steven.cook@cwu.edu"></hr></a href="mailto:gilmanscholarship@iie.org">CWU Signs MOU with Japan’s Kurume Institute of Technologyhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3145Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:38:58<p><img alt="CWU Kurume Institute of Technology MOU signing ceremony" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/2017%20Kurume%20Institute%20agreement_0012-a.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; margin: 3px; float: right;">(Update) <a href="http://nwasianweekly.com/2017/08/cwu-signs-mou-with-japans-kurume-institute-of-technology/" target="_blank">Northwest Asian Weekly</a> published information about this new agreement in its August 26-September 1 edition— “Names in the News” section)</p><p>CWU has completed work on a new Memorandum of Understanding with Kurume Institute of Technology. The MOU, signed by CWU President James L. Gaudino and Kurume President Katsumi Imaizumi, was completed a year after a group of about a dozen Kurume students came to Ellensburg to study English language and culture at the university and in the community.</p><p>Those students were led by CWU alumnus Rich Lee, who works for Kurume Institute, and professor Hidenobu Igawa, from the school’s department of engineering.</p><p>“It turned out that the professor is also an advisor to President Imaizumi,” explained Sherri Fujita, CWU director of University English as a Second Language Program. “He [Igawa] loved it here and got a really good impression. While they were here, I introduced them to the faculty, particularly in engineering technology. They had a meeting just to talk about mutual interests. Both sides were excited about the possibilities. So, we decided to mutually move forward with the MOU.”</p><p>While the memorandum was actually completed last fall, the decision was to hold off on an official signing until now, in order to allow Imaizumi to come to Ellensburg to sign it in person and meet with President Gaudino.</p><p>“President Imaizumi decided to come and see us in person, probably, about six-months ago—which was exciting for us,” Fujita pointed out. “At the same time, they decided to bring a group of students to study in our WorldCat Summer Program.”</p><p>The program included having the students participate in a service-learning project at Olmstead State Park, along with visits to Seattle, Leavenworth, and Roslyn.</p><p>Now that the MOU is complete, additional partnership between the two higher education institutions are expected to be crafted and launched.</p><p>“It could be faculty or student exchanges, shared or a joint research project, or our faculty might want to provide distance education linking classes in both schools, where they could interact and collaborate digitally,” Fujita pointed out. “Those details will be worked out at the department level.”</p><p>Collaborations involving CWU Information Technology and Administrative Management and Aviation are among other potential partnerships.</p><p>“They (the Kurume students) had a look at our flight simulators,” Fujita added. “It was very interesting, because the Kurume Institute of Technology is planning to open an aviation management program on its campus. So, they’re very interested in collaborations specifically to do with aviation management and, maybe, pilot training.”</p><p>The new accord builds upon a long-standing relationship that CWU already enjoys with the University of Shimane Junior College, which is also located in Japan, and similar agreements the university has in place with other schools and communities around the world.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> (l. to r.) Kurume Institute of Technology President Katsumi Imaizumi and CWU President James L. Gaudino sign the Memorandum of Understanding.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU welcomes summer visitors, students from Japan to Ellensburghttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3144Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:05:22<p><img alt="Tamaura students visit CWU 2017" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/20170814_2017%20Int%20Student%20at%20Rose%20Garden_0005.JPG" style="width: 500px; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 333px;">Tamamura, Japan is situated about 64 miles northeast of Tokyo. The small town, of roughly 37,000 residents, has a long-standing relationship with Central Washington University.</p><p>That relationship continues as 20 students from Tamamura and Minami junior high schools have come to Ellensburg to see CWU, visit other community locations, and participate in various events.</p><p>“They’re accompanied by some of their junior high teachers and administrators, and other officials from the city government,” explains Sherri Fujita, CWU director of University English as a Second Language Program. “For the students, it was their first time abroad for most of them, so we’ve wanted to give them a taste of what it’s really like to study here. I also brought in three Japanese students, who are in my [UESL] program right now, to interact with them, so they could see a role model.”</p><p>In honor of international friendship, several years ago some of the exchange students and their families from the prefecture donated flowers for the Tamamura Rose Garden in front of Bouillon Hall.</p><p>“They clearly have an interest in maintaining a relationship with Central,” Fujita notes, adding the hope is that some of these students will eventually enroll and pursue their college degrees at CWU.</p><p>Fujita points out that CWU already enrolls students annually from Gunma Prefectural Women’s University, which is also located in Tamamura, acknowledging that, “They’ve been great students.”</p><p>In addition, 36 other visiting students from the University of Shimane Junior College and the University of Shimane will remain on the CWU campus through Saturday, August 26. Accompanied by two faculty members, they’ve come to Ellensburg primarily to study English and learn about—and experience—American culture, Fujita says.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>The Tamamura students and group members visit, and pose for a picture, near the Tamamura Rose Garden on the CWU campus.</p>CWU representatives join peers to discuss best ways to internationalize higher educationhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3141Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:24:33<p>CWU<img alt="Rachel Gordon, left; Stacy Soderstrom, right" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/Gordon%20and%20Soderstrom.jpg" style="width: 450px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 225px;"> representatives are among those who will gather next week to discuss best international student recruitment and retention strategies. The <a href="https://www.state.gov/">US State Department</a> will host the eighth annual <a href="https://educationusa.state.gov/events/2017-educationusa-forum">EducationUSA Forum</a> in Washington, D.C.<br><br>CWU Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) project manager Rachel Gordon and international student recruiter Stacy Soderstrom will join more than 570 counterparts from 46 states, 60 EducationUSA regional coordinators and advisers from around the world, and United States and foreign government officials.<br><br>The goal of the meeting, held from July 31 through August 2, is to strengthen partnerships with EducationUSA advisors, make new and strengthen current relationships with other attendees, and learn of best practices in the field as they pertain to the various countries being represented.&nbsp;</p><p>This is considered to be important as international education increases American global competitiveness, and creates relationships and understanding that contribute to increased national security.<br><br>The forum, organized in partnership with the Institute of International Education, will feature sessions on traditional as well as virtual recruiting strategies, comprehensive campus internationalization, student visas, maximizing recruitment resources, and developing comprehensive and innovative strategies for recruiting international students.<br><br>With students from nearly 40 countries, CWU’s OISP has been acknowledged for its efforts to strengthen ties between the United States and countries around the world.<br><br>The State Department’s <a href="https://eca.state.gov/about-bureau">Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs </a>collaborates with CWU, and other accredited US colleges and universities to help maintain the United States as the world’s top destination for international students and scholars and to promote diversity in international education.<br>&nbsp;<br><strong>Media contact:&nbsp;</strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> (l. to r.) Gordon and Soderstrom</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>