Fulbright scholar, teaching assistants bring the world closer to home

Fulbright scholar, teaching assistants bring the world closer to home
October 2, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Benedictine University is hosting a Fulbright Scholar in Residence from China and two Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants – one from China and another from Egypt – during the 2009-2010 academic year. Benedictine University participates in the Fulbright Scholars Program as part of its ongoing efforts to prepare students to live and work in an increasingly global society. "The presence of Fulbright and Visiting Scholars demonstrate our commitment to internationalizing the campus and globalizing the curricula," said Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., provost and academic vice president of Benedictine University. "Fulbright Scholars benefit the entire community," he added. "They enhance dialogue on a number of different topics on campus, they bring additional worldly expertise to the classroom, and their lectures are open to the public so that residents and the local business community can benefit." Fulbright Scholar in Residence Xu Zhang earned a Ph.D. in Corporate Management from Dalian University of Technology in Dalian, China, where he currently is an associate professor in the School of Management. Zhang has won numerous awards for cross-cultural and strategic management, internationalization and leadership roles in international academic programs. Zhang, who has also been a visiting lecturer at Clermont, France and the University of Western Australia-Sydney, will share his expertise and experience with students through the College of Business. Benedictine will also host two Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) – Sarah Said Abdel Gawad from Egypt and Xiaohua Ge from China. Gawad earned a degree in English from Suez Canal University and is a public school teacher and instructor in the Ministry of Defense Language Institute in the Suez. Ge earned a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Beijing Foreign Studies University and is a faculty member in the School of Foreign Languages at Remnin University of China in Beijing. The Fulbright Scholars Program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." Last year, the program awarded approximately 6,000 grants to U.S. students, teachers, professionals and scholars to study, teach, lecture and conduct research in more than 155 countries, and to their foreign counterparts to engage in similar activities in the United States.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.