|Paaige Turner, Ph.D.|
Paaige Turner, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of International and Academic Affairs at Saint Louis University, has been named a Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar awardee.
Turner, who also is an associate professor in the Department of Communication, will travel to India in March 2013 where she will attend seminars at highly-respected universities and colleges in New Delhi and other major cities. In addition, she will visit research institutions and non-governmental organizations that lend themselves as sites for higher education collaborations and exchanges between the United States and India.
As the administrators respond to questions about U.S. higher education, they also will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with program designs, organization structures, quality assurance procedures and credit and degree expectations in Indian higher education.
Participants will gain first-hand knowledge of a cross-section of Indian institutions and meet with high ranking university administrators and public sector officials who play key roles in the planning and administration of higher education in India. The seminar aims to achieve a balance of topical discussion, knowledge sharing, experiential excursions and exposure to societal/cultural facets of India.
Turner is excited about meeting educators around the world to exchange information and ideas.
"According to the International Association of Universities, an increasing interdependence among nations has made internationalization more of an institutional imperative. As a multinternational, Catholic, Jesuit institution, SLU cannot help but contribute to creating citizens of the world, for the world and by the world. To be selected for this global exchange is a recognition of our unique contributions and is a great honor both personally and for the University," Turner said.
Developing international understanding requires a commitment on the part of Fulbright grantees to establish open communication and long-term cooperative relationships. In that way, Fulbrighters enrich the educational, political, economic, social and cultural lives of countries around the world.