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New Cohort of Humphrey Fellows Comes to University Park

A group of 10 international education professionals comprise the 2014–15 cohort of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A group of 10 international education professionals comprise the 2014–15 cohort of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program. This year’s fellows come to University Park from nine countries on three different continents. The 2014–15 fellows include:

  • Yosra Abdelkareem, SudanThe 2014-15 cohort of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows pose by the Nittany Lion shrine.
  • Arjana Blazic, Croatia
  • Aye Aye Cho, Myanmar
  • Tashi Dawa, Bhutan
  • Brinda Hurnauth, Mauritius
  • Muhammad Khan, Pakistan
  • Herizal Nur, Indonesia
  • Kamal Pokhrel, Nepal
  • Muhammad Raza, Pakistan
  • Wafaa Shakir, Iraq

Each of the fellows comes to Penn State with goals to learn more about a variety of educational topics, including: teacher training, technology, e-learning, strategic planning, methodology, university development, curriculum development, school management and planning and higher education administration.

“It’s an honor to meet our new cohort of Humphrey Fellows,” said Leila Bradaschia, the director of the program at Penn State. “The experience and perspectives they bring and share with our College is unparalleled. We have so much to learn from one another throughout the year.”

This year, the fellows will experience various aspects of American culture. One trip will take the fellows to West Virginia for a fall retreat where they will focus on team building and discussing climate change and how educators can play a role in the issue.

The fellows will also attend the Global Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., in the first week of November.

In addition, the fellows attend classes, lectures and seminars at Penn State and travel around the country to conferences and workshops.

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 373 fellows from 120 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe. This year, Penn State is one of 16 universities that will host 171 fellows from 98 countries.

— by Andy Elder (September 2014)