UPCOMING EVENTS

Rutgers Global Expo

Thursday, September 28th
1:00 pm
The three and a half-hour Rutgers Global Expo features info sessions about the services and resources offered by Rutgers Global, formerly the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers). Come learn about: Applying for international research funding Starting a study abroad program Developing international partnerships Hosting internships Creating short-term nondegree training programs Providing academic support for international students Enrolling in the Global Ally Certificate Program Please kindly RSVP for this program here. AGENDA 1:00–1:15 p.m. Welcome Remarks Eric Garfunkel Vice President, Rutgers Global 1:15–2:00 p.m. Session 1A: International Student Academic Support Jeff Wang Assistant Vice President, Rutgers Global Anu Gupta Assistant Dean, Rutgers Global–International Academic Support 1:15–2:00 p.m. Session 1B: International Research and Programming Funding Support Stephanie Perez Senior Program Coordinator, Rutgers Global–Programs Rick Lee Director, Rutgers Global–Programs and Partnerships 2:00–2:45 p.m. Session 2A: International Student and Scholar Services Carlo Santoro International Faculty and Scholar Adviser, Rutgers Global–International Student/Scholar Services Martha Baillargeon International Student Adviser, Rutgers Global–International Student/Scholar Services Katsumi Kishida Assistant Director of Programming, Rutgers Global–International Student/Scholar Services 2:00–2:45 p.m. Session 2B: Partnerships with International Institutions Kim Pernice Senior Program Coordinator, Rutgers Global–Partnerships 3:00–3:45 p.m. Session 3A: Study Abroad and Global Education Eugene Murphy Associate Vice President, Rutgers Global Lauren Franson Associate Director, Rutgers Global–Study Abroad 3:00–3:45 p.m. Session 3B: Short-Term Educational and Professional Development and Training Programs Sibylle Pearce Program Manager, Rutgers Global–Proessional Development and Training Carissa McCarthy International Student Adviser, Rutgers Global–International Student/Scholar Services Johanna Bernstein Assistant Dean for International Programs, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences 3:45–4:30 p.m Session 4A: Global Ally Certificate Program Stephanie Perez Program Coordinator, Rutgers Global−Programs 3:45–4:30 p.m Session 4B: Fulbright Scholar and Administrator Program Greg Costalas Senior Program Coordinator, Rutgers Global−Programs Daniel Hoffman Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Mohini Mukherjee Associate Director of International Student Services, Rutgers Global−International Student/Scholar Services                                                                                                                                                                                                 Download the event flyer and schedule. CONTACT Stephanie Perezsperez@global.rutgers.edu.    

IN THE NEWS

Study Abroad Scholarship Gives Social Work Student Fresh Perspective

Friday, September 15th
Rangga Radityaputra came to Rutgers in 2016 to study as a graduate in the School of Social Work—and the Indonesian-born and raised student is no stranger to the value social welfare systems bring to communities. “When I was in high school and college, I was actively involved in student organizations and student union. There were lots of activities that we did, including organizing sports events for high schools in Jakarta, participating in social services such as teaching fishermen’s children, and organizing college student charity activities,” he said. “Before I came to Rutgers, I worked as a direct-service practitioner for disaster, counseling, substance abuse, and human resources in Indonesia since 2009.” It was those experiences, he said, that helped him to get to know people from different backgrounds. “It was gratifying and satisfying that my work could make a little difference for them,” he said. This summer, Radityaputra expanded his studies by going back to Asia, this time to China for the Social Welfare System in China study abroad program, with the help of a $1,000 scholarship from Rutgers China Office.  “My curiosity as a social work student to know how China’s social welfare system works motivated me to pursue study abroad in China. I wondered how China as a country administers their social welfare in the midst of their fast-growing economy.” The two-week program, which brought him to the Chinese cities of Tianjin and Beijing, gave him a hands-on learning experience in social work. While there, Radityaputra spent time with social work administrators in boarding schools, nonprofit agencies, and the China Care Home—a medical care facility for young children. “It was a sensitive experience for me when I met with a baby with a weak heart condition,” he said. “My little brother passed away when he was two and a half years old from a heart problem.” After seeing various nonprofit and philanthropic agencies, he “believes that China has adequate resources to fund socially-oriented projects” and witnessed a “growing trend in philanthropic behavior in the country.” However, he said that his studies gave him insights to see areas for growth in Chinese social welfare systems. “On the other hand, I saw that they are still learning to provide the social services. In terms of services, I believe they heavily rely on the western model and curriculum and they are in the process to fit that model so it will be appropriate to China’s population.” Rutgers China Office provides study abroad scholarships to students who pursue traditional study abroad, career-oriented internships, and other nontraditional credit-bearing study in China. Programs like Social Welfare System in China prepare Rutgers students to assume significant roles in the 21st century workforce—one that relies on a growing interdependence between the United States and China. For 2016–2017, the Rutgers China Office awarded study abroad scholarships worth about $20,000 in total, with each scholarship up to $2,000 for semester study abroad programs in China. Radityaputra said he values his experience in China and the connection he felt to his home culture. “I feel happy and blessed to have the opportunity to come to China. Visiting cultural sites and nonprofit agencies reminded me of Indonesia; I feel that we have the same culture,” he said. “The importance of family and collectiveness, I think is the similar value in China and China has experienced a significant social change from their fast growing economy.” Upon returning to Rutgers, scholarship recipients are expected to promote study abroad in China through classroom presentations, study abroad fairs, or information sessions. Learn more about the Rutgers China Study Abroad Scholarship and enter the 2017 Study Abroad Fair scholarship raffle for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship for any program. 

Congressman Pallone Gets Frank with Mandela Washington Fellows

Friday, August 11th
Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., the representative for New Jersey’s sixth district which houses Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus, met with 50 up-and-coming African leaders participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Institutes at Rutgers for an intimate discussion regarding international affairs, healthcare, and climate change—and how they’re affected by Donald Trump.  The 50 fellows, all of whom are from sub-Saharan countries, are at Rutgers thanks to a flagship summer training program coordinated by the U.S. Department of State. Rutgers is one of only two host universities nationwide selected by the State Department to offer two institutes instead of just one—one in civic leadership developed by the School of Social Work, the Center for African Studies, and the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), and one in sustainable business developed by the Rutgers Business School, the Department of Chemistry, and the GAIA Centers. The congressman opened the event with a background on his voting record; his role in Indian, Syrian, and Armenian congressional caucuses; and his stance on environment, energy and healthcare. Then, Pallone commented on the current political climate and its impact on global policy and progress on these issues. “I’m very critical of the president,” he said. “Trump is isolationist—we haven’t seen an administration that was this isolationist since the 1920s. I’m an advocate of the international system—for justice, for peace, for democracy. This is being taken away under him.” Pallone recounted a recent climate change meeting he attended with leaders from Europe—and people, he said, are worried about addressing the global issue of environment. “We’re all in this together. If we’re not part of an agreement seeking to reduce greenhouse gases, this doesn’t just affect the United States. It affects everyone,” said Pallone. Fellows echoed many opinions and peppered the congressman with questions regarding his perspectives on key events in politics and the media. One fellow asked a lingering question: with spending cuts for international agencies like the United States Agency for International Development and the State Department, would programs like the Mandela Washington Fellowship still exist? Staff in attendance explained that the program was funded for another year at least, with more interest from private funding sources growing. Fellows asked him to speculate on the future of healthcare in the United States—Pallone reflected the question back to the fellows to learn more about healthcare systems in Africa, which was met with a murmur of contention. Some fellows came from countries with employee-supported national healthcare plans, while others felt their countries did little to provide access to quality medical care.  “We just need to work on ways to improve the system created under Obama,” Pallone told them. One fellow asked if he opposed or supported military intervention in conflict areas like Syria, to which he replied that with the exception of the first Iraq War, he “routinely votes against military intervention—it doesn’t help.”  “I want to be clear: America has a tradition of reaching out, multiculturism, equality, and justice.”

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