Fulbright visit opens doors
The University is to host a visit from 20 higher education administrators from the United States.
Part of a Fulbright Commission initiative, the three-day visit aims to provide new opportunities for transatlantic collaborations and partnerships.
US-UK Fulbright Commission
The Fulbright Program was set up to foster mutual cultural understanding through educational exchange between the United Kingdom and the US.
The US delegates have visited 11 other educational institutions in the UK and Edinburgh will be the final visit of the group’s 20-day tour.
This is the inaugural year of the initiative, which aims to introduce American administrators in high education institutions to education and culture in the UK.
University administrators are seen as a vital part of exchange programmes.
The delegates will enjoy a full programme during their visit to Edinburgh. It will include a reception at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, followed by talks hosted by Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea and the University’s Vice Principal International, Professor Stephen Hillier.
There will be numerous discussions on a range of issues regarding higher education, including the student experience, academic outreach and admissions and marketing.
The group will also be taken on a tour of the Scottish Parliament and have time to explore the capital.
The Fulbright Commission was established by US Senator J. William Fulbright in 1948.
44 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to individuals who received Fulbright Scholarships and 28 alumni have served as head of state or government.
Approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and more than 12,000 US nationals in the UK are on Fulbright educational exchange programmes.
The Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship enables one US professor each year to teach, give public lectures and conduct research at Edinburgh.
The University is hosting three academics, for six months each, over a six-year period.
Professor Karen Beckwith from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, who has an interest in gender and politics, was recently announced as the next visiting Professor in Edinburgh.
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