The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health hosts international visiting fellows on a regular basis, either through formal programs such as the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program or on an ad hoc basis. The Office of Global Health often serves as a facilitator to ensure visiting fellows have the resources and mentoring they need. Visiting fellows contribute to a rich learning environment in the School, as they provide a global perspective in the classes they take, the seminars they give, and through the activities in which they participate.
The Center for Global Initiatives at UNC, jointly with Duke University 's Center for International Development, hosts one of only seven Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution worldwide. Other Centers are located in Argentina, Australia, England, France, and Japan, as well as one other in the United States at the University of California-Berkeley.Established by Rotary International, the Rotary Centers offer individuals committed to peace and cooperation the opportunity to pursue a two-year master's-level degree in fields related to international cooperation and conflict resolution. The Duke-UNC Rotary Center places special emphasis on democracy building and sustainable development, along with conflict prevention. Up to 70 Rotary World Peace Fellows are selected each year and are supported by full scholarships from The Rotary Foundation. Fellows are assigned to a center outside of their home country.
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has hosted four Rotary Scholars in the last few years: Edem Effiong from Nigeria (MCH '06); Nidhi Khosla from India (MCH '06); Isabelle Michaud-Letourneau from Canada (MCH); and Anna Schurmann from Australia (HBHE).
The US Government annually sponsors the Vietnam Education Foundation, which promotes relations between Vietnam and the US through scholarships and educational exchange programs. One of these programs is the VEF Graduate Fellowship Program, which places Vietnamese students of science and technology into American universities to participate in study and research.
Six VEF students are pursuing or have completed their doctoral degrees at UNC: Yen Bao Pham (Biochemistry/Biophysics), Tuan Thanh Nguyen (Nutrition), Nhiem Viet Luong (Maternal and Child Health), Quoc Cuong Nguyen and Nguyen Cong Nghia (Epidemiology), and Trinh Van Thang (Health Behavior).
Six fellows who were studying in the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program at Tulane University when Hurricane Katrina hit were relocated to UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health for the fall 2005 semester. Several Tulane faculty and students also relocated to UNC and Chapel Hill during this time.
|Last updated April 22, 2013|