Latest Headlines and Success Stories of Global Engagement
Professor Assefa Melesse Takes Scientific Data to Policy Makers as Jefferson Science Fellow
Hosted by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, Professor Assefa Melesse is one of nine 2023-2024 Jefferson Science Fellows. He works with the Office of the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and other agencies focused on climate security and diplomacy.
During his time away from FIU's campus, he hopes to gain support from U.S. companies for a plastics reduction accord and contribute to a climate guide for U.S. embassies and consulates to use with local leaders.
4th Annual Global Learning Forum Wraps Up
November 4 - FIU's 4th Annual Global Learning Forum, a one-day, fully virtual forum, hosted 38 faculty, administrators, and students from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Thailand to review best practices in curriculum internationalization. Co-hosts Dr. Hilary Landorf, Assistant Vice President for Global Learning Initiatives, and Ms. Gitta Montoto, Director FIU Global, had invited multiple expert speakers and panelists from across the globe to share their respective practices and initiatives. The morning was focused on the fundamentals of global learning, including the assessment of learning outcomes. In the afternoon, the focus shifted on advancing global learning using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Resources and programs highlighted included the UN Academic Impact, Mount Kenya University SDG 10 Hub in Kenya, and Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola's award-winning sustainability initiative in Peru.
FIU Fulbright Student Connecting in Bahrain
November 2 - FIU graduate student, Susana Fuertes, is spending her Fall semester as a Fulbright student researcher at the Bahrain Polytechnic University and recently represented FIU at The Six Gulf for Business Incubators and Accelerators Conference. Susana met with business leaders and women entrepreneurs who came for the conference from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates among others. While there, Susana is also taking Arabic classes and helping women entrepreneurs with their social media accounts. She will soon be launching a podcast to connect entrepreneurs and experts in the field from both regions to share their respective knowledge and experiences.
FIU Named Fulbright HSI Leader by the U.S. Department of State
October 30 — FIU is proud to be named as a Fulbright HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution) Leader for 2023. Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) recognizes the strong engagement of select HSIs with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international academic exchange program. FIU has been named a Fulbright HSI Leader each year since the inception of the program in 2021.