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New Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows Come to Penn State

The international professionals participating in this year's Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, housed in Penn State’s College of Education, look forward to an enriching year of professional development.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—A group of 10 international professionals will participate in the 2013-14 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, housed in Penn State’s College of Education. The Humphrey fellows arrived at University Park from three continents with a wide variety of professional experiences and accomplishments. This year’s fellows are:

  • Humphrey Fellows meetingErika Anseloni, Brazil
  • Ornsiri Cheunsuang, Thailand
  • Charmaine Du Plessis, South Africa
  • Vusal Hasanov, Azerbaijan
  • Judith Sakubu, Burundi
  • Vyjayanthi Sankar, India
  • Ali Shah, Pakistan
  • Mian Shu, China
  • Zodwa Thwala, Swaziland
  • Yvonne Yon, Namibia


Each of the fellows has an interest in learning more about various issues in the field of education. This year’s participants’ interests include areas such as education policy, school leadership, higher education administration and workforce development.

Leila Bradaschia, director of the Humphrey program, said she and her team are excited to be a part of the journey the fellows will take to fulfill their goals.

"The 2013-14 Humphrey fellows bring unique perspectives and significant professional experience to our College,” said Bradaschia. “They are thrilled to be members of the Penn State community and look forward to an enriching year of professional development."

This year, the program will take the group to locations such as Niagara Falls and Washington, D.C., where they will meet up with the other 175 Humphrey fellows at the Global Leadership Forum, which is sponsored by the State Department and the Institute for International Education.

The group will visit five local community organizations in order to identify where they would like to volunteer during the academic year, allowing them to contribute their skills and expertise locally while learning new skills.

In addition to the classes and seminars that the fellows will attend at University Park, they will individually travel to conferences, workshops and seminars throughout the year. Starting in November, the fellows will make country presentations, which the public is invited to attend.

Another important aspect of the fellowship is a final project that the fellows will work on throughout the year. This project, once completed, will be taken back to the individual fellow’s country to be implemented in his or her community and workplace.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from around the world to universities in the U.S. for one year of non-degree graduate study, professional training and work experience.

Since 1979, Penn State has hosted more than 363 fellows from 120 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe. This year, Penn State is one of 17 universities that will host 185 fellows from 93 countries.

--by Kevin Sliman (August 2013)