Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Clayton State Awarded $73,000 Fulbright Grant by U.S. Department of Education

Clayton State University has been awarded a $73,000 matching Fulbright-Hays grant by the U. S. Department of Education for a four-week on-site “Seminar on Tradition and Transformation in Hungary and the Czech Republic.” Contingent upon successful negotiations, 13 to 15 Clayton State, University System of Georgia (USG), K-12 teachers and academic administrators will be eligible to participate in the four week program from June 6 to July 5, 2008.

The purpose of the program is to provide on-site educational and field experiences to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of the historical, social, cultural, political, economic and contemporary aspects of Hungary and the Czech Republic. Participants will incorporate the knowledge gained into various courses to help students and citizens overcome stereotypical images of Eastern and Central Europe in general and Hungary and the Czech Republic in particular. The seminar will be affiliated with institutions of higher education in the two countries and, as a part of the program, participants will be involved in lectures, conferences, meetings, cultural activities, and visits to historical and cultural sites in and around Budapest, Prague, Debrecen, Pecs, Telc and Karlovy Vary.

According to Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas K. Harden, the program in Hungary and the Czech Republic is a direct outgrowth of the trade mission to the two countries in which he and several area business leaders participated in during the fall of 2003. Harden also notes that Clayton County and Morrow are home to the first Hungarian Consulate in the State of Georgia and that Delta Airlines’ John E. Parkerson, Jr., past chair of the Clayton State University Foundation Board of Trustees, and another member of the 2003 trade mission, serves as Honorary Consul of Hungary for the States of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The purpose of the internationally known and prestigious Fulbright Program is to promote mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

In commenting on the latest award, Harden indicated that Clayton State has earned the unique distinction of being the only University System of Georgia institution which has been awarded six Fulbright-Hays grants during the past four years. Previous Fulbright and other direct and matching grants received by Clayton State in the amount of $450,000 have helped more than 55 Clayton State, USG faculty members and K-12 teachers to study and travel in Argentina, Chile, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Although the Federal grant will cover a major portion of international and domestic air and surface travel from Atlanta, room and board and other expenses; each selected participant or his or her sponsoring institution will be responsible for a registration fee of $1,800 to cover supplementary travel, lodging and other program related costs.

More details regarding the program can be obtained by contacting Raj Sashti (rajgopalsashti@mail.clayton.edu), seminar director and director of the Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia at Clayton State. The deadline for applications for this program is Apr. 10. Due to program and time constraints, individuals interested in participating in the seminar are requested to contact Sashti immediately.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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