OII Welcomes Seven Scientific Mobility Program Students from Brazil
Dr. John Eaves, Fulton County Commission Chairman, was invited by Dr. Jun Liu, Georgia State’s associate provost for international initiatives, on August 30, 2013 to meet with seven new international students from Brazil.
“I am an admirer of Georgia State University and all it does for Fulton County,” Chairman Eaves said. “Georgia State and Brazil’s partnerships raise the profile of Atlanta as a destination of choice for Brazilian students to come pursue their studies.”
The international students are a part of the Brazilian government’s Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, studying biotechnology and nursing within the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. At Georgia State, the students are a part of the Intensive English Program. Also attending the reception were Dr. Dave Bruce, Georgia State’s Brazil task force chair, Ms. Cheryl Delk-Le Good, director of Georgia State’s Intensive English Program, Ms. Daphne Orr, assistant director of Georgia State’s Intensive English Program, and Ms. Heather Housley, director of Georgia State’s International Student and Scholar Services.
During the meeting, the students spoke of their intense desire to strengthen their English language skills at Georgia State, as well as learn more about American culture and the possibility of attending the University in the future.
Chairman Eaves advised the students to engage in their new community and learn about Atlanta’s distinctive landmarks, prominent universities, major industries, and local businesses.
“I encourage each of you to take in Atlanta and all it has to offer,” Chairman Eaves advised. “I want you to share what you have discovered here with your peers. I want more students from your country to know about colleges and universities here in Atlanta.”
As a diplomat and strong advocate for internationalization of Atlanta universities and colleges, Chairman Eaves showed support of Georgia State’s initiatives to globalize the University. In 2011, Dr. Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University, launched the University’s strategic plan, which contains a goal to achieve distinction in globalizing the University.
Dr. Liu also shared with Chairman Eaves what Georgia State has been doing to further its strategic goal.
“We focus on establishing partnerships with key universities in our emerging-market task force countries, including Brazil,” Dr. Liu said. “We encourage research collaboration, faculty exchanges, and student mobility.”
During the meeting, Chairman Eaves graciously invited the students for a Special Proclamation Ceremony in their honor by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC). Distinguished guests of the ceremony also include members of Georgia State’s Brazil Task Force and Ambassador Hermano Telles Ribeiro, consul general of Brazil based in Atlanta. The ceremony will be aired live on Fulton County’s government access channel, FGTV, during the Fulton County BOC meeting on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.
Dr. Liu has joined Chairman Eaves on a weeklong trip to Brazil from September 8 – 15 as part of the Atlanta Regional Education Mission. Dr. Liu and Chairman Eaves, in addition to other Atlanta-area higher education administrators, are currently visiting Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, which also has a three-year, bi-lateral agreement with Fulton County. They will end their visit in the city of Recife, Pernambuco.
Dr. Liu’s visit to Brazil is in support of the University’s strategic plan, as Georgia State advances its initiatives to internationalize its academic activities and establish sustained international relationships that further the education, research, and scholarship of its students and faculty.
The Office of International Initiatives at Georgia State University is responsible for the strategic integration and coordination of the University’s international initiatives, partnerships, grants, program development and management, events and activities, student and scholar services, and study abroad programs.