October 16, 2013

SLU Administrator Selected for Exclusive Fulbright Seminar

Diana Carlin, Ph.D., associate vice president for Graduate Education and International Initiatives, was one of 11 chosen to take part in a two-week program focused on French higher education.

Diana Carlin, Ph.D.
Diana Carlin, Ph.D.

Diana Carlin, Ph.D., associate vice president for Graduate Education and International Initiatives, is one of 11 United States administrators selected by the U.S. and French Fulbright Commissions to participate in a two-week seminar in France from Oct. 5-19.

Fulbright hosts several International Education Administrators seminars, but this is the first one in France. Paaige Turner, former associate vice president for Academic and International Affairs, participated in one in India in spring 2013.

The purpose of the French program is to develop a network of American education professionals who are knowledgeable about French higher education and research areas; to explain the potential partnership opportunities with French universities, and to provide an opportunity for the French to better understand U.S. higher education and research, especially in the area of interdisciplinary research.

The program is in Bordeaux, Paris and Strasbourg. In Bordeaux, the group learned about the restructuring of French higher education and visited the main campus of the newly unified Bordeaux university system. In Paris, the group visited the Sorbonne and met with representatives of several of the University of Paris campuses. Carlin was part of the group to spend the day at Paris 1, which includes
humanities, economics, law and some social sciences. The group will join participants of the German seminar in Strasbourg for a comparison of French and German systems.

Prior to starting the Fulbright seminar, Carlin and Pascale Perraudin, associate professor of Modern and Classical Languages, met with members of the French department and international administration at the University of Poitiers to complete planning for the launch of the new dual master degree in French language and literature that was approved in July.

At the conclusion of the Fulbright seminar, Carlin will visit the University of Stuttgart to discuss a recently signed Memorandum of Agreement and to meet with representatives of the Sister City program. Prior to leaving for France, Carlin met with St. Louis Stuttgart Sister City representatives to discuss ways that the new agreement can enhance the relationship and how the Sister Cities program can support students who want to study at Stuttgart.

Carlin will hold an informational meeting about the changes in French higher education and the opportunities for research and student and faculty exchanges in November.

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