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International Students & Scholars

Growing the Spark of Tolerance & Global Understanding

. . . A Decade of Hosting Visiting Scholars

There is a flickering spark in us all which, if struck at just the right age…can light the rest of our lives, elevating our ideals, deepening our tolerance, and sharpening our appetite for knowledge about the rest of the world. Educational and cultural exchanges…provide a perfect opportunity for this precious spark to grow, making us more sensitive and wiser international citizens through our careers.
—Ronald Reagan, The White House, May 1982

The Center’s legacy is built on teacher exchanges –with Dr. Gerald H. Read’s exchanges between the Soviet Union and The People’s Republic of China and the USA.  In the spirit of elaborating ideals, deepening tolerance and sharpening our knowledge about an increasingly global village, the Center is proud of this Century’s decade of visitors.  Please check out the breadth of humanity who have come to Kent State and now are part of our global family.

Academic Year 2013-2014

Fulbright Scholar Vidya Ramkumar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Audiology and Speech, at Sri Ramachandra University and Hospital in Cennai.  She is currently pursuing a PHD in the application of telemedicine for assessing newborns hearing in rural India.  While here at Kent State she is working with Dr. Mark Krumm.

Chinese Associate Professors Wang Shuchi from Shanghai Normal University, a partner university, and  Yingfeng He from Shanghai Second Polytechnic University are paired with Dr. Philip Wang in Travel/Tourism.Also paired with Associate Professor Wang, are Xiaoyan Yang  from Shanghai Jianqiao Universityand Fan Qiutao from Sichuan International Studies University, a partner university, is hosted by Shawn Fitzgerald.  Associate Professor Qiutao is and English and Marketing professor in the People Republic of China.

Academic Year 2012-2013:

Luo Peiya, Wang Shizhen, He Jinhong and Zhu Danya from our partner institution Sichuan International Studies University are working with Dr. Shawn Fitzgerald.  Their research interest includes "Research on the Reform and Innovation of the Teaching Patterns in Marketing Course in China."

Shu Shen from Second Medical Military University of Shanghai is working with Dr. Wilma Seeberg and her area of interest includes Chinese Education.

Yan Xu from Changzhou Institute of Light Industry Technology is working with Dr. Ning Kuang Chuang and her study is about "A Five Years Review on Hospitality Management  Research in China". 

Jing Gao from Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade is working with Philip Wang.

Dr. Arzu Yuksel from Avrupa Foundation Schools in Turkey visited us during the summer and worked with Tim Razinski.

Dr. Mustafa Basaran, Dr. Ali Fuat Arici and Dr. Mustafa Ulu who are from Dumlupinar University in Turkey also visited us during the summer and their faculty advisor was Tim Razinski.

Dr. Osman Ozkul
from Sakarya University, Turkey worked with Tim Razinski.  

Dr. Suleyman Goksoy from Duzce University, Turkey worked with Cathy Hackney.

No man's knowledge can go beyond his experience. 

—John Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding.


The value added for Kent State University in hosting so many visiting scholars
is that we learn so much from them!


Academic Year 2011-2012:

Maya Bitsadze from The Republic of Georgia was a visiting scholar sponsored by the Junior Faculty Development Program funded by the US Department of State.  She worked with Dr. Martha Merrill for her rsearch project. 

The People's Republic of China sponsored visiting scholars included Mao Xiaolan, Yin "Vanessa" Ma, and Minawar Abdurahim.  Their host faculties includedDr. Philip Wang and Dr. Vilma Seeberg. 

Katia Rubio a visiting scholar from Brazil studies the Olympic athletes in her country, and worked with Dr. Kim Schimmel. 

We call Keltouma Guerch our boomerang scholar—she was first here as a International leaders in Education Program Fellow, and then returned for three summer as a student sponsored by the Fulbright Program to complete research for her Phd.   Keltouma is from Morocco, and worked with Dr. Kenneth Cushner and others during her stay. 

Fulbright Scholar Chynarakul Ryskulova from Kyrgyzstan enjoyed her year here with her daughter, and studied with Dr. Martha Merrill. 

Muskie Scholar Lolagul Raimbekovafrom Tajikistan worked with faculty in Early Childhood Education and at the Child Development Center.

Academic Year 2010-2011:

Ia Kupatadze is a visiting scholar through IREX University Administration Support Program. Ia is a coordinator/advisor of College of Engineering in Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. Ia's research focus is on corporate relationships between companies and universities. mostly in architectural and engineering field.

Roza Yrysova is a Junior Faculty Development Program Scholar from Kyrgyzstan. Roza is an administrative faculty member in her university in Kyrgyzstan. Roza continues her research at Kent State University during the spring semester.

Geral Read Center is currently hosting two scholars: Lydia Nyako, an administrator in University of Ghana-Legon, and Giorgi Ghvedashvili, an associate professor in Tbilisi State University, though the University Administration Support Program (UASP), provided by IREX. Lydia is from Ghana and working as an administrator of university. Her mentor is Dr. Tim Chandler during her stay in Kent State University. Giorgi is from Georgia and an assistant professor of Scientific Research and Development in Tbilisi State University. His mentor is Dr. John West while completing his administrative studies.

Mrs. Mansoureh Sharifzadeh, an English teacher in Tehran, Iran, hosted a brown bag. Her presentation was "Challenges in Teaching High School Girls in Tehran, Iran."

Academic Year 2009-2010

Kasim Yildirim, Research Assistant, Department of Education, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey. Kasim is working on his Ph.D. and will be defending his dissertation in Turkey.

Hongli Zhang, Foreign Languages Department, Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan city, Shanxi Province, People's Republic of China.

Dina Sijamhodzic-Nadarevic is a Junior Faculty Development Program Scholar from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dina works as a senior assistant professor in Islamic Studies in her native country and will be in residence at KSU during the Spring Semester. 

Nina Lazarevic is a Junior Faculty Development Program Scholar from the University of Nis, Serbia. Nina is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University  of Novi Sad, Serbia and works as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Nis in Nis, Serbia. She teaches Methodology of TEFL,Translation and Interculturalcommunication. Nina will be in residence at KSU during the Spring Semester. International Students.

Vuk Kljajic is a Junior Faculty Development Program Scholar from Montenegro. Vuk has been working towards earning his Ph.D. degree since 2008; his doctoral research focuses on marketing information system in the development of tourism of Montenegro. Vuk is in residence at KSU Spring Semester 2010.

Academic Year 2007-2008

Distinguished scholars welcomed in CIIE: Dr. Olcay Unver continues to be in residency and work closely with colleagues around the world on the Euphrates and Tigris Initiative for Cooperation and other water resource management initiatives. Dr. Shih-mei Yang, from the Department of English teaching of the National Taichung University in Taiwan is on a Fulbright sponsored-research residence working with KSU's Dr. Wendy Kasten.

Academic Year 2005-2006

In the academic year 2005-06, CIIE was pleased to welcome several visiting scholars in residence. Dr. Olcay Unver, Distinguished Visiting Scholar from Ankara, Turkey, continued his residency for working closely with water based resources, economic development, and Turkish initiatives with special funding from the Cleveland Foundation and Kent State University. Also in residence this year will be Jean Baxen, from South Africa and a COST colleague, researching on AIDS and teaching, and Dr. Yoo Jin Shon, post-doctorate scholar in early childhood education from South Korea. Elena Chernikova, an IREX Muskie Scholar from Russia, and Arayik Navoyan,American Council's Junior Faculty Development Program, was also in residence in the Center during the 2005-06 academic year. We also welcomed Munevver Mertoglu, from the Istanbul Ministry of Education, to Kent State University and assisted with her research in school violence with KSU's Institute for the Prevention of Violence.

In August, 2005, we welcomed Dr. Prakash Singh, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University of South Africa. His month long stay helped his investigations in to various aspects of higher education.

Academic Year 2004-2005

Year long visiting scholars during the 2004-05 school year were Dr. Roland Louis, from University of Sherbrooke in Montreal, Canada; and Hong Mei Zhang from Vocational and Technical College of Jingcheng, Shanxi Province of the People's Republic of China.

In 2005, two groups of 10 Turkish women leaders were in residence for two weeks each receiving training in Leadership in a Democracy as part of a US State Department Grant.

In Fall 2004, CIIE hosted seven Kyrgyz scholars for six weeks training in Civic Education: Ekaterina Galimova, Kryrgyz Russian Slavic University; Emulya Galimova, Osh State University; Anton Kalandarov, Center for Democratic Education; Nurgul Maseitova, Kyrygz-Uzbek University; Yuri Vasiliev, Center for Critical Thinking; Kyzyi-Kiya Secondary School; Kaiyr Kaidolutova, Orgochor Secondary School; and Valentin Ladeishikov, Mailusu Secondary School.

Academic Year 2003-2004

In April 2003 four scholars from Armenia in a special project for writing a technology education plan for the country and funded by Project Harmony: Gayaneh Terzyan, Philological Department, Yerevan State University; Dr. Melanya Astvatsatryan, Chair of Pedagogy and Language, Yerevan Brusov State Linguistic University; Hayk Sharkhatunyan, Head of Computer Unit, Center for Educational Reforms, Ministry of Education and Science, Artashes Torosyan, Principal of School in Yerevan, and Teacher Trainer in the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Program.

Academic Year 2002-2003

For the 2002-03 academic year, four visiting scholars were in residence for short and long-term stays in the Center. Omral Yucel, USA corporate representative for Bahcesehir Ugur Educational Institutions in Istanbul, Turkey, was in residence for the entire academic year. In his capacity as a visiting scholar, Mr. Yucel coordinates the collaboration between his university and other educational enterprises and Kent State and other Ohio educational institutions. Visiting Fulbright scholar, Viktorya Levinskaya from Uzbekistan was in residence in April for a short term research collaboration with Dr. Kenneth Cushner. Visiting H. H. Humprey Fellow Oguljamal Yazliyeva spent a month-long residence and research into the transformation of higher education in Turkmenistan. Neil Andersen, from Christ Church Polytechnical University in Christchurch New Zealand also visited Dr. Kenneth Cushner in April.

Academic Year 2001-2002

In the 2001 - 2002 academic year - a year that had less exchange and travel because of the events of September 11, 2001 - included short term day visitors included a delegation from Burma, sponsored by the U. S. Department of State. These five private educators from Burma visited public and private schools and libraries, and were hosted by CIIE for presentations on American secondary schooling, VISA status for American college and universities, and funding of schools in America.

Dr. Ilghiz Sinagatullin, Professor of Education from Birsk State Pedagogical Institute, in Central Russia, funded by the US State Department Regional Scholar Exchange Program, spent the fall semester 2001 in residence. His residency not only enriched the CGSE with seminars, class presentations, and personal conversation, but resulted in a book.

As part of an on-going collaboration in southeastern Turkey, three Turkish scholars were in residence for two weeks in December 2001 completing Turkish specific intercultural communication training, Intercultural Training and Resource Guide for Understanding and Improving Intercultural Relations within the Southeastern Anatolia Region, Turkey. Melek Cakmak and Ibrahim Tugrul from the Republic of Turkey's Southeastern Anatolia Regional Development Administration and Dr. Suheyla Kirca, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, co-authored the resource guide with Dr. Kenneth Cushner and Linda Robertson of the CIIE.

A summer 2001 visitor from Egypt, Dr. Monir Nazir, conducted research in curriculum and instruction. His residency was supported by the Arab Republic of Egypt. Another short term visitor in the spring of 2002, Dr. Ian McPherson, from Queensland University, Australia, was in residence for two weeks of collaborative constructionist curriculum study with Dr. James Henderson, a professor in the College and Graduate School of Education. These examples of one-day touring scholars, short term research and writing scholars, and long-term scholars-in-residence indicate the richness of the Visiting Scholar Program.

In the past such scholars included, Batt Burns, County Kerry, Ireland; Raymond Katta, Sierra Leone; Dr. Heung Beom Cheon of Gyeongsang National University, South Korea; Dr. Zoya Malkova and Dr. Nikolai Nikandrov of the Ministry of Education, Russia; Dr. David Langley of the South African College of Teacher Education; and many others from such nations as Japan, Israel, and Ukraine. 

Simple exchanges can break walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed.  We are reminded that we're joined together by our pursuit of a life that's productive and purposeful, and when that happens mistrust begins to fade and our smaller differences no longer overshadow the things that we share.  And that's were progress begins. 

-- Barack Obama, remarks at student roundtable in Istanbul, Turkey, April 7, 2009.