Hye Seung Cho (Ph.D. 2016)

I am now an Associate Research Fellow at the Korean Women's Development Institute, which is a leading government-funded women's research institute under the Prime Minister's Office in South Korea. My job is in the Center for International Development & Cooperation within the institute. I am in charge of research and projects regarding gender equality issues, especially at the international level.

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Jean Blaise (Ed.D. 2012)

After graduating with my doctoral degree in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, I have taught at number of institutions of higher education in Western Massachusetts, including Westfield State University, Elms College, and Springfield Technical Community College. This includes courses in Sociology, Educational Foundations, Applied Linguistics, and English as Second Language.

 

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Assela M. Luena (M.Ed. 2012)

Here in Tanzania we are healthy, trying cope with challenging social and economic dynamics. There are a lot of educational reforms taking place in the country, and you can see changes of my address below. I'm now working for the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE). I'm grateful for the competence I gained at CIE, it makes my life easier to adapt the changes quickly!

 

I hope the entire CIE family is doing fine. You are all in my heart, my best family in Amherst. [1/15]

 

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Judith Johanees (M.Ed. 2012)

After graduating from CIE in February 2012 I returned to my former position at the Office of the European Union Representative West Bank and Gaza Strip, where I am currently working on the design of a basic infrastructure and land rehabilitation and development program. In this place on Earth development is inextricably interwoven with politics. This makes the work interesting but also very challenging.

 

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Valerie Kurka (M.Ed. 2012)

Immediately after graduating, I worked with Ash Hartwell and CIE students Jacob Carter and Milka Ndura on the Global Citizens' Initiative which brought 13 leaders from around the world to Amherst for a 2-week course in Global Citizenship.

 

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Martha Nyongani

I am happy to be back at CIE. It’s like coming home. I look forward to my doctoral program here. I am still interested in promoting equity in education especially at basic education level with a bias toward promoting inclusive education. Having managed both rural and urban education districts in Malawi, I feel there is a lot that has to be done in the education sector in Malawi if we are to achieve the millennium development goals by 2015.

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Vuthy Long

Now I start to believe that one can make an impossible dream possible, as long as we strongly commit with what we need to achieve. I try to look back into old days in my life; I can’t believe that I have come to this top. I was born and grew up in Cambodia. I am first child - with 2 brothers and 1 sister - who lived day by day in the struggling family based on the tiny income from my parent’s small business.

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Mohammad Tareque Rahman

I didn’t have any specific goal in my life. All the time I had heard around me that I need to dream or think beyond the box. It was really confusing for me as I believe there are so many people in this world who have never thought of going beyond the box. Does that mean that they are not successful in their life or they are not happy? Besides I believe that a learned mind is actually a confused mind as it always makes things complex. So I always thought that it was better to remain average and not in the elite (learned) list. 

 

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Hunter Gray (M.Ed. 2014)

Hunter writes from Bangkok where he is working on a second Master’s degree and is doing an internship in the summer of 2015.

 

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Jacob Carter

Cross-cultural experiences have been a common thread in my life, both domestically and internationally. I grew up in rural North Carolina and at the age of 12, moved to a suburb of NYC. I remember other students looking curiously as I chewed on tall blades of grass and wore sandals and shorts to school despite the cold weather. They were shocked with my seemingly intimate relationship with straw, that I didn't own a pair of jeans and with my strange accent.

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