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2011–12 Humphrey Fellows Begin Their Academic Year at Penn State

This year, 11 international professionals are participating in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Penn State.

humphreyfellows.jpgby Joe Savrock (September 2011)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – This year, 11 international professionals are participating in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Penn State.

The Humphrey Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from specific countries around the world to selected universities in the United States for public service, advanced study, professional training, and work-related experiences.

President Jimmy Carter established the program in 1978 in honor of the late Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. Penn State has hosted Humphrey fellows each year since the program was established. The College of Education is the University’s administrative home of the program.

“The 2011-12 Humphrey fellows have been actively involved in a variety of opportunities at Penn State and in the community from the moment they arrived,” said Leila Bradaschia, director of Penn State’s Humphrey Program. “They are making connections with people who share their interests and who want to learn more about their backgrounds. We are excited about the knowledge and energy this year’s cohort brings to our campus.”

The 2011–2012 Penn State Humphrey fellows are:

Khyatibahen-Jiraj-Bhatt.jpgKhyati Bhatt, deputy team leader at Education Support Organization in Ahmedabad, India, is responsible for science curriculum design for middle schools. She is interested in creative approaches to inquiry in science and best practices in methodology, implementation of changes to science education curriculum, and fundraising for education projects.



Ivana-Borosic.jpgIvana Borosic is the head of initial accreditation at the Agency for Science and Higher Education in Croatia, where she coordinates evaluation and accreditation of study programs and higher education institutions. During her fellowship year, Ms. Borosic intends to improve and gain experience in the evaluation and accreditation processes in higher education and at accrediting bodies in the United States.


Denise-Neddermeyer.jpgDr. Denise Neddermeyer works for CAPES, a federal foundation in charge of the policies for the improvement of personnel for higher and basic education in Brazil. In her professional life she has been working with management and funding for scientific research and also with policies towards international academic mobility. Presently she wants to focus on public policies for effective teaching and learning in K-12 schools.


Diana-Pustula.jpgDiana Pustula, deputy head of the research services office at University of Warsaw in Poland, is responsible for promoting and developing research and development at the university. She wants to focus on best practices in university administration during her fellowship year at Penn State.



Alejandra-Santoyo.jpgAlejandra Santoyo is the assistant director of the academic cooperation office at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where she manages academic activities for professors and researchers. Ms. Santoyo is interested in comparative higher education, administration, and accreditation, and policy.



Vanhkham-Souligna.jpgVanhkham Souligna is the managing director of Soutsaka College of Management and Technology in Laos. She would like to gain skills in education administration, study workforce education, and better understand the community college system in the United States. In her position, she is responsible for student affairs, administration, and business operations.



Tatjana-Trebec.jpgTatjana Trebec, consultant to the division of academic affairs for the Faculty of Management at the University of Primorska in Slovenia, is interested in cost effective organization, administration, and planning in higher education. She would like to learn best practices in strategic planning and funding at U.S. universities.



Rashid-Turay.jpgRashid Turay is a lecturer of secondary school administration at Milton Margai College of Education and Technology in Sierra Leone. In addition to supervising student teachers, Mr. Turay lectures on a variety of topics and has administrative responsibilities. During his fellowship he would like to study administration, gender, and access, retention, and community colleges.



Wisamitanan-Diyaporn.jpgDiyaporn Wisamitanan, lecturer of English at Thaksin University in Thailand, is interested in multiculturalism, ethnic identity, and language. She works with student groups and youth leaders in her community and would like to gain skills in multicultural education, leadership, peace-building, and service learning.



Zaru-Zarudeen.jpgAhamed Lebbe Zarudeen is the zonal director of education at the Zonal Education Department in Wilgamuwa, Sri Lanka, an emergency education region. He works to ensure disadvantaged children have access to education and other resources. During his fellowship year, he would like to learn more about U.S. education policies relating to access and improved quality of education.