Robert Wood is selected to attend Fulbright Seminar Robert Wood, education professor at The University of South Dakota, is one of 25 individuals selected to participate in the 2000 Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education, according to a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
The Fulbright Commission will conduct the seminar from March 25 through April 14 in Germany. The group will spend a week in Berlin, Germany, before they are split into five subgroups to visit different parts of Germany during early April. They will spend the final week in Saxony (Dresden, Leipzig).
"This is a great opportunity to learn about a country very influential in Europe today," said Wood, the director of International Studies at USD and the only South Dakotan selected to participate in this seminar. "It will make me more aware of Germany and get a better understanding of what exchange students from USD, and those who come to our campus from Germany experience in that country," said Wood.
Wood said the seminar is well organized and features outstanding presentations, which means that he and others in the group will have "great learning opportunities."
Scheduled programs include an introduction to the German System of education, a presentation on Germany today, and a session on the work of the conference of rectors and presidents of universities and other higher education institutions in Germany. The group will participate in a panel discussion with representatives of Berlin's major universities, and receive presentations on German economics and German European policy. They will also hear about the current situation and future of Berlin, problems and perspectives of the Berlin institutions of higher education, and vocational training in Germany.
Besides tours in German cities, the group also will visit several universities as well as the Ministry for Sciences and Arts of the Free State of Saxony.
Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and the rest of the world. During the 50 years the program has existed, approximately 230,000 people have received Fulbright awards, including 86,000 from the U.S. and 144,000 from other countries. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 4,500 new grants annually. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and in cooperation with a number of private organizations.