Scholarship Administrators from Abroad Gather at TC for Professional Development
Eight administrators of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF), came to Teachers College for a four-week professional development program sponsored by the Global Foundation for Research and Scholarship in Tokyo. The program was directed by James Shields, a Project Coordinator at the Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation.
Shoichi Katayama, the Administrative Directorof the Scholarship Division at the Global Foundation presented anoverview of the program. Shields and Associate Professor FlorenceMcCarthy were the primary instructors for the four-week period.Workshops focused on issues involved with international education andeducational administration.
"We highlighted the conflict betweenthe increasing economic globalization and the need to appreciate theimportance of local and national cultures," Shields said. "Thisconflict creates a need to foster compassionate and caring relationsamong all people through higher education."
Shields said thatSYLFF funds are given to 59 universities around the world to createscholarship programs for graduate students who show promise as futureleaders. The professional development program was established to helpeach university manage the program and the endowment effectively.February's workshops made up the first phase in a three-year programthat provides three components to participants.
The firstcomponent of each program is the combination of English languagecourses for professional purposes and the sessions at TC oninternational education and educational administration.
Inaddition, they attended networking and cultural events around the cityto enhance their workshop discussions. One of their cultural andnetworking excursions was to the Carnegie Council on Ethics andInternational Affairs to meet with the program directors about theirprograms in global environmental issues and human rights issues. "Theyvisited Harlem and spent an evening at a jazz club," Shields added. Thegroup also went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, attended a TCBookTalk held at the Japan Society, and took a trip to Philadelphia tosee Independence Hall.
The second component is a four-dayWashington based workshop at the office of the Institute ofInternational Education to give the administrators an understanding ofimportant national educational institutions and build on thediscussions at TC.
Finally, a range of support activities willbe provided to participants over the program's projected three-yearspan to maintain a sense of continuity.
Shields noted that, "Aconsiderable amount of attention was given to how to make internationalexchange more effective and more responsible."
MarionBoultbee, International Student and Scholar Services Coordinator, spokeabout the foreign student program at TC. Five students in that program,who represented the various countries that the administrators werefrom, spoke about their experiences at Teachers College.
"Theywere very interested in how we deal with foreign students," Shieldssaid, "but they were also interested in the financial management andthe administration of our foreign student programs." Shields brought inSharon Hewitt Watkins, the Controller, and Steven Weinberg, Director ofBudget and Planning, to address the group about grants and financialadministration.
Ozlen Kuncek, a participant from AnkaraUniversity in Turkey, said that the program gave the group a chance tolearn about higher education in the United States and to think aboutwhat international education should be. "We are trying to find a commonbasis," she said, "by developing proposals for the betterment ofrelations between SYLFF members and the betterment of procedures in ourinstitutions."
At the end of the four weeks, the group compileda final report in which they described the SYLFF program at theiruniversities, noting the strengths and weaknesses of each. They alsooutlined recommendations for the SYLFF program in general. Proposalsincluded using the Internet to promote collaboration among SYLFFinstitutions, setting up an international financial network among theinstitutions, and holding a regional forum for SYLFF program fellowsthat would focus on ethics and globalization. "SYLFF will use theproject to improve its operations, and the participants will each havea copy of their own," Shields said.
February's participants camefrom universities in Turkey, Thailand, Portugal, Italy, China, Kenya,and Korea. The next session of SYLFF workshops is scheduled for June,1999, and a third session will be in June 2000.
Published Friday, Jan. 1, 1999