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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Yang Gyeltshen (Ph.D. 2016)

Yang Gyeltshen is currently leading a group of five teachers for Lhomon Education, a project of the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative, a registered civil society organization in Bhutan. The Initiative aims to bring education alternatives to eastern Bhutan and beyond.

 

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Satomi Kamei (Ed.D. 2016)

After graduating with her doctorate in May 2016, Satomi sent us the following update:

 

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Blake Marcus

After graduating from Connecticut College with a double major in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies in 2010, I spent the summer in Cambodia getting my TESOL certification for teaching abroad. My time in Southeast Asia led me to develop a love of working internationally. Later that year I moved to Montana for the snowy winters and spent my summers teaching English across the globe and setting up international exchange programs for high school students.

 

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Zia ur Rahman Andar

I come from Afghanistan and am starting a Master’s degree in International Education supported by a Fulbright grant. I want to enhance my knowledge and skills in order to work more effectively for the improvement of the education sector in Afghanistan, where millions of children are out of school, the school drop-out rate is one of the highest in the world, and the quality of education in much of the country is poor.

 

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Larissa Chekmareva

I am a graduate of CIE (M. Ed, 2005) and come from both Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. After 20 years of working in education, I am now starting the Ph.D. program in International Education.

 

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Mohammad Iqbal Halimi

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela.  

 

I am from Afghanistan and I strongly believe that the only way we can transform chaos into good governance and efficient management in fragile states is to replace war, guns and discrimination with pens and books, friendship, love, tolerance and cooperation.

 

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Sahara Pradhan

I am a Master's student from Nepal. Some of my earliest inspiration came from my mother's work. Almost twenty years ago, sitting with a group of women in our tiny living room, she committed to creating a better life for Utsahi Mahila: mothers, daughters, sisters in our community, by establishing a Kalyan Kendra (Welfare Center for Energetic Women). Drawing from her own learnings (at 14, she was already running a household of eight), she began teaching women how to earn and how to save to support their children.

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Lina Heaster-Ekholm

The strong integration of research and praxis at the Center for International Education was one of the main reasons I was attracted to this program. I am impressed by the extent to which faculty members and fellow students are actively engaged in international development work, and excited about what we can learn from each other. I am also drawn to the diversity of nationalities and perspectives represented within the program.

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Eunice Kua

I come from the beautiful country of Malaysia. For the past eight years, I have had the privilege of working with Darfur refugees in Chad, facilitating a literacy program in the local language. My major roles included designing and delivering collaborative teacher training workshops and facilitating the development of culturally relevant materials.

 

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