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Turkmenistan Opens its Doors to UK Fulbrighter, Alan DeYoung

Turkmenistan, which used to be part of the Soviet Union, has been mostly closed to visitors for the past thirty years. This year, University of Kentucky’s emeritus professor of sociology and educational policy studies was given the opportunity to work there as a Fulbright Scholar. Alan DeYoung, the first Fulbrighter to enter the country in almost a decade, brought with him his eagerness to learn more about human development strategies in Turkmenistan and to help create a new sociology program.

UKCI Spring Break Camps

Spring Break is right around the corner and parents will be looking for activities to keep their children engaged throughout the week. The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute has the perfect solution to ensure children have a fun and educational break, by offering a Chinese Language and Culture Spring Break Camp.

The camp will run from April 3-April 7, with activities beginning at 9 a.m., and ending at 4 p.m. each day on the UK campus at Blazer Dining Hall.

UK Shoulder to Shoulder Brigades Serve Ecuador during the Spring Break

Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG) is leading 47 University of Kentucky students, faculty and community members on a nine-day interdisciplinary health brigade experience on March 11-19 in Santo Domingo, Ecuador.

The brigade will continue STSG’s tradition of incorporating academic and community partners to improve the health and well being of impoverished and underserved communities, while offering students and health professionals the opportunity to work in a multicultural and interdisciplinary setting.

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia to Visit the University of Kentucky

The consul general of the Republic of Indonesia, Mdm. Rosmalawati Chalid, will visit the University of Kentucky to meet with university leadership and to visit the Indonesian community of UK and Lexington. Chalid will be joined by Fajar Yusuf, consul for information, social, and cultural affairs and another staff member from the consulate’s office.

Doctorate Student Gives Back to His Home Country with Knowledge Attained at UK

With a passion for biology, Zana Majeed came to the University of Kentucky and earned his doctorate in 2016. The Iraq native graduated with valuable experience that he took back to his home country in an effort to create a more engaged and involved scientific community. Upon returning to Iraq, Majeed began working for Salahaddin University-Erbil as a lecturer of zoology, neurobiology and English.

UK Neurobiology Professor Brings Students, Faculty Together

The connection between two neurons in the brain has been an intriguing topic to Robin Cooper, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Cooper has been at UK for 21 years teaching his true passion: synaptic transmissions. Cooper said he loves it so much that he “often goes on tangents” and has to be reminded by his students to stay on track during lectures.

Get to Know One of UK’s Most Popular Exchange Programs at Maynooth University

Students can learn more about one of University of Kentucky’s most popular exchange programs at Maynooth University, just 15 miles west of Dublin, Ireland, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in 207 Bradley Hall.

“No student has ever come back from Maynooth with a bad experience, they love it,” said Laurence Tuccori, exchanges coordinator.

International Students Invited to Training Session for GoinGlobal, New Job Search Software

GoinGlobal is a new software that facilitates the job search process for all University of Kentucky students. The software provides students, faculty and staff with access to a toolkit of resources, which include guides to major cities and countries around the world, internship and job opportunities, and data on cost of living, among many other resources.

UK's Office of China Initiatives, Confucius Institute Increasing Size of Jilin University Summer Teaching Program

Beginning in 2015, University of Kentucky's Office of China Initiatives (OCI) and Confucius Institute (UKCI) have offered UK Education Week @ Jilin University, a summer teaching program at Jilin University (JLU), in order to strengthen collaborative teaching and research between the two universities. This year, due to the popularity of the program with students, the OCI and UKCI have increased the number of faculty they will send to China this summer from three to 10. Applications for this program are being taken now through Feb. 1.

Passionate About Service, South Korean Senior Prepares to Begin Life After UK

Economics major Jeesun Lim is one student who has thoroughly enjoyed her undergraduate years at the University of Kentucky. Aside from holding leadership positions on campus as the secretary and vice president of the Korean Association as well as the treasurer of the International Student Council, she has found a sense of community and made lasting friendships and connections.

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