Cole Genge (Ed.D. 2003) | Jenny Genge (M.Ed. 2001)

After several years in Bolivia, Cole and Jenny Genge moved to Bangkok, as Cole took a job in a regional environmental protection project in South East Asia. [12/07]


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Lulu Davies (Ed.D. 2003)

I am currently involved with some research in Sierra Leone, on the privatization of our alma mater, St. Joseph's Secondary School, in Freetown. I am working with Nalinie Kouame, a British-trained lawyer who served as the most recent outgoing president of our USA alumni organization. She and I are both graduates of St. Joseph's.


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Firuza Gafurova (M.Ed. 2005)

As a Muskie Fellow, I graduated from CIE in 2005 and returned to Uzbekistan to start a teaching position at a public school.


While at CIE, I developed interest in HIV/AIDS and health education, thus, with great enthusiasm I started teaching health education classes to high school students. This was a great experience, starting with developing my own curriculum to seeing how my students were developing confidence in discussing various health issues.


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Saida Nabiyeva (M.Ed. 2003)

First, I have to say that my academic background in International Education gained during my graduate study at UMass Amherst considerably broadened my knowledge and expertise in education. The courses that I took at the UMASS School of Education, particularly in the Center for International Education (CIE), contributed tremendously to my professional growth and helped me acquire advanced practical and research skills, as well as strategies necessary for successfully “navigating” in the job market.

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Michael J. Simsik (Ed.D. 2003)

In July 2017 I began working with a small, independent U.S. government agency (Millennium Challenge Corporation) as the Team Leader for the development of a second compact for Burkina Faso.  Before then I was the Chief of Party on a USAID-funded project - a regional food security project implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center in Burkina Faso. (12-17)


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Antonie Chigeda (M.Ed. 2005)

Greetings from Malawi. Since my days at UMass several opportunities have allowed me to utilize my knowledge and skills from CIE to develop and grow academically as well as professionally. Six months after graduating from a CIE’s Master of Education program in Policy Planning and Leadership, I joined Moi University in Kenya for a Master of Philosophy degree specializing in Philosophy of Education.

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Michael K. Tjivikua (M.Ed. 1995, Ed.D. 2003)

In 2004, I joined the Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia’s University of Science and Technology as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. The center was established to help improve teaching and learning on campus through academic development initiatives. It is focused on providing support to students and faculty.


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Mohamed Ibrahim Elgadi (Ed.D. 2003)

For the past few years I was honored to coordinate the work of Amnesty International in Amherst and also served on the Human Rights Commission of Amherst Town. This continued to enable me to bring up the voice of the oppressed and help to organize grassroots campaigns on their behalf. Many good successful stories resulted from this work and at the same time some sad ones when we fail to rescue people on time (we recently lost to death three courageous human rights activists in the horrific prisons of Eritrea).  


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Stephanie Pirroni (M.Ed. 2003)

For the past seven years, I have been working at the Foundation for the Application and the Teaching of the Sciences (FUNDAEC) in Colombia  with alternative education programs aimed at enabling  rural youth marginalized from quality and relevant educational opportunities to build the capacities needed to promote processes of autochthonous development within their communities.

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