Three faculty members participating in Western Carolina University’s Global Learning Academy – Todd Watson, Ian Hewer and Yanjun Yan – recently delivered presentations on their respective internationalized syllabi titled “Global Health Issues in Central America,” “Nurse Anesthesia in Africa” and “Global Engineering and Technology.”
When Shelby Watson was a freshman in high school, she needed to add a class to fill a void in her schedule so she chose to take Chinese. Little did she know at the time that would be the key to her earning a scholarship to study the language in Taiwan.
The fountain at Western Carolina University’s Central Plaza was surrounded by booths and tents hosted by international students, faculty and staff, study-abroad returnees, campus departments and community organizations for WCU's 39th annual International Festival on April 11.
Western Carolina University is fortunate to have many high-quality international partnerships with other universities, including 32 bilateral partnerships in 16 countries as of this spring, says Ling LeBeau, director of the university’s Office of International Programs and Services.
With a trio of Western Carolina University faculty members currently engaged in individual research projects around the world through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the university has landed on a just-published list recognizing the program’s “top-producing institutions” for 2017-18.
“The Year of the Dog,” a celebration of the Lunar New Year, will offer cultural performances, hand-crafted items and samples of traditional Asian cuisine from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Grandroom of Western Carolina University’s A.K. Hinds University Center.
Vittal Anantatmula, professor and director of Western Carolina University’s Master of Project Management Program, was selected to receive a 2018 Endeavor Executive Fellowship, allowing him to conduct research at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.
“Past in Present, Streets of India,” an exhibit currently showing at Gallery Art and Aesthetic in New Delhi, India, features large format photos taken by Jon Jicha, a Western Carolina University art professor.