Author: International Division

Remembering Kannikar Elbow

University of Wisconsin-Madison students, faculty, staff, friends, and family mourn the loss of Kannikar Chanprasert Elbow, a dedicated and innovative educator of Thai language and culture. Kannikar was loved by her students and greatly respected by her colleagues, having gained knowledge and experience through a variety of roles throughout her dynamic life.

Kannikar Elbow

Kannikar Elbow had a tremendous impact on students and fellow faculty members throughout her life.

Kannikar Chanprasert Elbow was associated with UW-Madison for nearly 30 years and in the past 12 years was a senior lecturer in Thai language in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia (recently reorganized as Asian Languages and Cultures). In addition, she served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. At UW-Madison, she was a highly successful and greatly respected teacher, known to her students and colleagues as Ajan Daeng. Continue reading

Campus, family remember Beau Solomon

Beau-Solomon

Beau Solomon

Family, friends and the UW–Madison campus community are paying tribute to Beau Solomon, a 19-year-old study abroad student who died in Rome last week.

“All of us at UW–Madison are greatly saddened by this loss,” said Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “Beau was a bright and caring young man who lived the Wisconsin Idea through his work at Badger Boys State and his desire to travel and experience other cultures. Our hearts go out to Beau’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Solomon arrived in Italy last Thursday to study at Rome’s John Cabot University as part of a summer program based at the liberal arts college.

He was reported missing the following morning by his roommate when he didn’t return to his room after an evening out in a district frequented by American tourists.   Read More

UW’s Tripp to lead team examining role of women in peace-building in Africa

An international team of experienced researchers will examine women’s role in peace-building in Africa, supported by $961,600 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Aili Mari Tripp

Aili Mari Tripp

 The two-year project, which begins July 1, will be administered by the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and led by Aili Mari Tripp, UW–Madison professor of Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies.

The project consortium also includes the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway, and Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange, in Kampala, Uganda.

The researchers include scholars and women’s rights activists from Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Norway, United States and Finland. They will be conducting research in Somalia, Algeria, northern Nigeria, South Sudan, and Sudan. Continue reading

Alumni profile: Coming to UW-Madison, going abroad opens up new worlds for Lopez

Daniella Lopez learned early on how it feels to be different, to be in the minority. But Lopez grew up with a fierce determination to push forward, which has carried her from a small Wisconsin town to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, to Europe, and now in China.

“My family was one of two minority families in Westfield, Wisconsin, a small farming and chicken factory community,” says Lopez, the oldest of four children.

“In high school, I wanted to go to a big liberal city for college and I applied only to UW–Madison. I was the only one from my graduating class to be accepted,” she says. “My mother was thrilled, since that would make me the first person in our family to go to college.”

Daniella Lopez, second from right, with friends at UW-Madison.

Daniella Lopez, second from right, with friends at UW-Madison.

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UW campus hosts 25 young African leaders

The 25 young African leaders who have come to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus for a six-week academic and leadership institute represent a variety of fields, including medicine, public health, law, education and community activism.

Sicily Mburu

Sicily Mburu

Sicily Mburu, of Kenya, has served as a medical doctor in her country’s Ministry of Health and participated in projects aimed at strengthening HIV/AIDS and maternal health systems. She wants to learn how to use mobile technology to assess health needs, allowing for cost-effective, high-impact interventions.

Gnenegnimin Eli Yeo

Gnenegnimin Eli Yeo

Gnenegnimin Eli Yeo, from Côte d’Ivoire, aspires “to create a center that will train and equip young men and women to create their own businesses and impact the community.”

They are among the 13 women and 12 men, from 19 countries, who have come to UW–Madison through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and hosted here by the African Studies Program. Continue reading

Peace Corps: Reed sees service as investment

His studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison fostered Patrick Reed’s interest in exploring different cultures and perspectives. Add to that a desire to serve others.

Since receiving his B.A. in history and international studies from UW–Madison in 2011, Reed has followed a path of service.

“I traveled the country for two years, volunteering in impacted communities helping with recovery and capacity building,” says Reed, who served with AmeriCorps NCCC and FEMA Corps.

Next, his call to serve will carry the 26-year-old from Grayslake, Illinois, overseas. As one of the latest UW–Madison alumni to sign with the Peace Corps, he reports in mid-June 2016 as a community health extension volunteer in Swaziland, a small, landlocked country in southern Africa.

“My time at UW–Madison was a great first step in my pursuit of Peace Corps,” he says. Continue reading

21 UW-Madison students awarded 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants

Twenty-one University of Wisconsin–Madison students have been awarded 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

These students are among more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the country’s flagship program for international exchange. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and leadership in their respective fields.

The program, which provides recipients with funding for a full academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad, is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 370,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists opportunities to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

UW–Madison has been among the leading U.S. research institutions producing Fulbright fellows and scholars. In the most recent round, UW–Madison produced 60 applications, with 34 chosen as semi-finalists, including 21 finalists, who have been offered and accepted grants. Continue reading

9 UW-Madison students receive U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships

Nine students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study critical needs languages during the summer of 2016.

These students are among approximately 560 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students nationally selected to participate in the 2016 program. CLS participants will spend eight to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes in 24 locations, studying Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. The fully-funded program provides intensive group language instruction and structured cultural-enrichment experiences. Participants are expected to continue their language study and apply their critical language skills in their future careers. Continue reading

Five UW-Madison students receive Boren awards for 2016-17 study abroad

Five University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduates are receiving David L. Boren Scholarships to fund their study abroad during the 2016-17 academic year.

Boren Scholarships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a federal initiative designed to broaden the pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills.

Boren Scholarships provide U.S. undergraduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work for at least one year in a federal government position with national security responsibilities.

“The National Security Education Program is helping change the U.S. higher education system and the way Americans approach the study of foreign languages and cultures,” says NSEP Director Michael A. Nugent. Continue reading

CALS awards scholarships to students for summer 2016 study abroad

Students from the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) preparing to study abroad this summer were among those awarded scholarships at the spring 2016 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony on April 19, at the Gordon Dining and Event Center.

The event – hosted by the UW–Madison International Division and organized by International Academic Programs (IAP), the Division’s study abroad unit – brought together students, parents, donors, UW–Madison faculty and staff.

Students, donors, parents, UW faculty and staff were invited to celebrate the generous financial aids given to students planning to travel abroad for academic programs or internships.

Susan Huber Miller, CALS director of International Education and Study Abroad, presented awards to CALS students. Continue reading