Author: Steven Barcus

Letter of support for Central European University

In light of legislation passed by the Hungarian Parliament on April 4 that encroaches on the academic freedom of teaching and research at Central European University (CEU) and other international higher education institutions, International Division Vice Provost & Dean Guido Podestá issued the letter below in support of CEU. The letter was sent to Petra Kammerevert, member of the European Parliament and Culture and Education Committee Chairman. Continue reading

NSA grant funds Korean language program for local high school students

This summer, as many as 20 students from across Dane County will be exploring Korean language and culture through the UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Language and Culture Academy. The STARTALK program, an initiative of the National Security Agency and National Foreign Language Center, seeks to increase the number of critical-need foreign language speakers through creative and engaging experiences. Continue reading

Fischer to serve as Interim Director of External Relations

Maj Fischer has been appointed as interim director of external relations, effective March 1, 2017. The move comes as current director of external relations, Cynthia Williams, assumes a new post in Washington, D.C. as International Policy and Program Development Officer.

As interim director of external relations, Maj will manage university agreements and memoranda of understanding with institutions abroad. In addition, she will coordinate key visitors and delegations on campus and lead the external relations team. Maj will retain her roles as director of UW–Madison’s Peace Corps Office, the Scan|Design Foundation Fellowship Program, and as committee chair of International Education Week.

“I am very pleased that Maj has agreed to serve as interim director of external relations,” said Guido Podestá, vice provost and dean of the International Division. “IIP and Peace Corps have both seen growth and new milestones through Maj’s efforts. I have no doubt her extensive experience and strong history with various international programs at UW–Madison and abroad will help her to succeed in this role.”

Maj has served as the director of UW–Madison’s International Internship Program since 2010. Previously, she worked as associate director for the Peace Corps in Fiji from 2003–2005, re-opening the program after its five-year hiatus. After Fiji, she moved half way around the world to Copenhagen, Denmark, to work for DIS as Director of Academics before returning to UW–Madison. In addition, she has served as associate director of International Academic Programs (IAP).

Michelle Kern Hall will serve as interim director of the International Internship Program (IIP), while Maj fields this new position.

Michelle has been the assistant director of IIP since December 2011. In that time she developed the IIP website and database while expanding internship opportunities and student services for the program. Prior to joining IIP she worked at MIT as the MIT-Japan program manager, coordinating student internships and research in Japan.

Statement from Chancellor Blank on executive order on immigration

Throughout its history, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has been fortunate to draw together students, faculty and staff from many different countries, religions and backgrounds. This diversity is a source of strength and innovation and it enhances our research, teaching and outreach. It also drives the Wisconsin Idea through the ideals of sharing knowledge and building global partnerships.

We add our voice to those of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and many of our peer institutions calling for a reconsideration of the administration’s new order barring the entry or return of individuals from certain countries. Continue reading