Fulbright Alumnus Returns to Romania

Mohsen Razzaghi, a professor from Mississippi State University, had two Fulbright Awards to Romania during academic years 2011-2012 and 2015-2016. Since he left Romania in 2016, he initiated and has created a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Mississippi State University (MSU) and the Politehnica University of Timisoara (PUT) and the University of Bucharest. In addition, PUT applied for an Erasmus+ between their university and MSU, and it has been approved. Furthermore, a joint conference entitled 1st International Conference on Computational Methods and Applications in Engineering was organized by Mississippi State University and Politehnica University of Timisoara, and was held during May 23-26, 2018, in Timisoara. The objectives of this conference were to enhance interdisciplinary international work between scientists and engineers in the USA and Romania. More information on this conference series is given at http://iccmae.elearning.upt.ro.

Fulbright Roundtable @ The 20th Annual International Conference of the English Department

The English Department of the University of Bucharest held its 20th Annual Conference: “Truth(s) and Alternative Facts” on June 7-9. On the second day of the conference, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission organized a roundtable entitled “Exploring Truths Across Cultures.” The roundtable was attended by current U.S. Fulbright grantees (Domnica Rădulescu, Washington and Lee University; Brooke Reavey, Dominican University; Courtney-Sophia Henry, Wayne State University; Monica Cure, Biola University) and Romanian Fulbright alumni (Mihaela Irimia, University of Bucharest; Teodora Șerban-Oprescu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies; Mugur Zlotea, University of Bucharest; Iulian Cănănău, University of Gävle, Sweden; Dragoș Ivana, University of Bucharest). The discussion, moderated by Executive Director Rodica Mihăilă, focused on the value of the Fulbright Program in encouraging intercultural communication and critical thinking.

Final Meeting of the 2017-2018 U.S. Fulbright Grantees

The Final Meeting of the Year of the group of American Fulbright grantees present in Romania in 2017-2018 was hosted by Transilvania University of Brașov on June 5 and 6. The twenty three U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholars, Students and ETA’s, as well as their accompanying dependents who are in Romania at present travelled to Brașov from Bucharest, Cluj, Craiova, Timișoara, Iași, Sibiu, Constanța, Baia Mare, Galați and Oradea. They presented at the Multicultural Center of Transilvania University their teaching and research activities, as well as an outstanding number of events in which they were part or actually organized, a.o. participation in conferences, writing of articles and volunteering work.

All in all, an absolutely impressive amount of good work and added experience for the U.S. participants in the program and invaluable benefits for their Romanian colleagues, students, and friends. Like the legendary Phoenix bird, the Fulbright program is capable of recreating itself year by year, in every participant in this generous program.

A warm THANK YOU to this generation of Fulbright grantees.

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Fulbright Participation @ Bookfest 2018

The Fulbright Commission and the Fulbright Educational Advising Center (FEAC)-EducationUSA had the pleasure of being invited by the U.S. Embassy to speak at the 2018 edition of Bookfest, the International Book Fair organized by the Romanian Federation of Publishers. This edition’s guest of honor was the United States, which provided ample opportunity for the visitors to learn more about American literary culture. The panel organized by the Fulbright Commission on May 31 was titled “The Fulbright Award Program: A bridge between the United States and the rest of the world” and included interventions by current U.S. Fulbright grantees Brooke Reavey and Bridget Kelley and by Romanian Fulbright alumni Dragoș Ivana and Monica Got. The panel was led by Corina Danaila and Mihai Moroiu, directors of the Romanian and American Fulbright programs respectively.
On June 3rd, the FEAC-EducationUSA adviser had the opportunity to address the topic of study opportunities in the United States during the last day of the book fair. The presentation was joined by Mr. Scott Reese, U.S. cultural attaché, who spoke about the specific differences between the American system of higher education and the European model, with an emphasis on the advantages of a well-rounded undergraduate education and specialized graduate programs in the United States, ending with a brief Q&A session.

Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle

What is a circular economy? Why is it so important? And just how can this be implemented into Romanian society? Fulbright Visiting Lecturer Sarah D’Antoni informed the students of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, in Iasi, just how they can change their habits to create a more sustainable Romania. Sarah explained that, in a linear economy, we extract, produce, distribute, buy, and throw away; a line to a landfill. However, we can curve this line into a circle by implementing the 5 R's; Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle. When we implement these habits, we go from extraction, production, distribution, buying, reusing, repairing, and finally to recycling and re-extraction. The students were guided through a recycling quiz, true or false questions, tips on how to make small changes towards a zero-waste lifestyle, and where and what they can recycle in their own city. A prize of a stainless steel straw was given to the most active student. A big thank you to all participants, organizer Mariah Ligas, and lecturer Sarah D’Antoni.
Keep up the great work and remember, “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle”!

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