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UIS faculty member receives Fulbright grant to teach in Bangladesh

November 10, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – Mohammed Shahidullah, an adjunct faculty member for programs in the Colleges of Public Affairs and Administration and Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has received a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and do research with BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. BRAC stands for Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee.

Shahidullah, who also works as a state demographer for the Illinois Department of Public Health, will spend six months – from December 2005 to June 2006 – teaching biostatistics and doing research in program evaluation on HIV/AIDS prevention at BRAC’s John P. Grant School of Public Health.

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Said Shahidullah, “Remi Imeokparia (UIS associate professor of Public Health) and I were consulted by BRAC University in the development of their M.P.H curriculum. The dean of the Grant School of Public Health, at the invitation of UIS, visited our campus in April 2004. Two of our deans and several faculty members are interested in developing an exchange program with BRAC, and I would like to spend some time in developing this relationship.”

Shahidullah will also teach a pilot online course on Marriage and the Family that it is hoped will grow into a global education program in which BRAC and UIS will offer online courses to students of both institutions.

The James P. Grant School of Public Health was named after the late executive director of UNICEF, to honor his contribution to international public health in Asia and particularly to Bangladesh. Its mission is to provide public health education of international excellence relevant to the particular needs of the developing world, fostered through partnerships with internationally recognized public health programs and organizations.      

BRAC began in 1972 as an almost entirely donor-funded, small-scale relief and rehabilitation effort to help the country overcome the devastation and trauma of war. Today, it is an independent institution focusing on sustainable human development and providing and protecting the livelihood of nearly 100 million people.

Shahidullah is one of approximately 850 U.S. faculty and other professionals who will travel to 150 countries in academic year 2005-2006 through the Fulbright program. Funded by the federal government, Fulbright is America’s flagship educational exchange program. Since its inception in 1946, its more than 250,000 participants have included Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, governors, senators, ambassadors, artists, heads of state, professors, scientists, Supreme Court justices, and CEOs.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.  For further information on the program, visit the CIES website at www.cies.org.

 

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