Monthly Archives: August 2012

Follow-Up: After you study abroad, you become president

On August 17th, I wrote a post, After you study abroad, you become president. My audacious title attempted to encapsulate my own wonder about the link between foreign study and leadership, especially in contexts where the leader can influence his or … Continue reading

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Free, open online courses as development tools?

Right now it is reverberating through the world’s universities like a tectonic shock. It is free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); this quote is part of a recent article in University World News about how MOOCs will change higher education around the world. You’ve probably … Continue reading

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Research qualifies NGOs’ role in development work

If you work international development, you probably work at an NGO or with NGOs.  If you’re not in the field, here’s a short primer:  NGOs aim to fill the gap between government services and a community’s needs. They’re everywhere.  In … Continue reading

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After you study abroad, you become president

I’ve always wondered about the relationship between foreign education and political leadership.  Did Bill Clinton infuse the knowledge gained and experience from his Oxford University days while in the White House?  Surely. Ultimately, in a well-functioning country, the president – … Continue reading

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Sport as international development?

The Olympics have come.  The Olympics have gone.  The athleticism blew my mind – especially that of Ameircan Gymnast Gabby Douglas (who trains in my hometown)!  Whoa, she’s amazing. With stars in my eyes, I recently noticed two Masters programs … Continue reading

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Michigan State aims to build agricultural expertise in Africa + Asia

Last month, it was announced that Michigan State will lead a $7.3 million grant to strengthen agricultural research institutions and support agricultural degrees in Ghana, Uganda, Mali, Mozambique, and Bangladesh.  Named the Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) … Continue reading

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India-US Higher Ed Partnerships (+ Grant Opportunity)

Based in New Delhi, the United States-India Education Foundation administers the Fulbright Program for India, offers a few other educational grants, and provides Indian students advice on American universities.  These are the important bricks and mortar of international education exchange. But … Continue reading

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