Mujtaba Hedayet (M.Ed. 2015)

I am a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education Administration program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). I obtained my Master of Education from UMass in 2015 and returned to Afghanistan to work for USAID’s largest higher education project in the world, the University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP), until I returned for my doctorate program.  

 

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Mohammad Iqbal Halimi (M.Ed. 2018)

I have had several notable accomplishments in my life. Probably the most notable was that I completed my master’s degree in international education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and in the course of that work made many new friends of different nationalities with whom I am still in touch professionally and personally. Although we are in different countries, we rely on each other’s knowledge, skills, and expertise. 

 

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Ezekiel Abdullahi Babagario (Ph.D. 2019)

My studies at CIE helped shape my perspective of how the world of education works. I left a career in the Nigeria Air Force because of the incessant interreligious conflicts between Christians and Muslims in northern Nigeria and came to CIE in order to learn how education could be used to contribute to peaceful coexistence among the adherents.

 

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Mariam Rashid

I grew up near Lake Victoria in Western Kenya. I received my BA in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Nairobi and my M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. I started my career as a teacher and later transitioned into textbook writing for Kenyan public schools and curriculum development for Bridge International Academies in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Zia Andar (M.Ed. 2018)

Zia Andar completed his Master’s degree in International Education in 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, supported by the Fulbright Scholarship program. Coming from an aid dependent country, Zia’s research focus was on effectiveness of international aid in educational programs.  His Master’s project is available on the UMass Scholarworks site here.

 

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Jacole L. Douglas

I am a first year doctoral student in the International Education program. Coming from a family of educators, the value of education was instilled in me at a young age. I earned a BA in English Teaching from The University of Montana, and I started my professional career as a high school English Language Arts teacher for at-risk youth.

 

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Pempho Chinkondenji

My research interests focus on gender, education, and international development in the “Global South,” especially in the context of Africa.  As a first-generation college student, my academic journey, especially after I completed my secondary education was not easy.  My personal experiences together with my academic journey and professional practice largely contributed to my interest in this area.

 

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Michael Acosta (M.Ed. 2017)

As my Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship at the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology in Pristina, Kosovo comes to an end, here are some of my reflections.

 

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Verity Norman-Tichawangana (M.Ed. 2011)

Verity Norman-Tichawangana is the Executive Director of Jitegemee Children's Program in Machakos, Kenya. "Jitegemee" means "to sustain yourself" in Kiswahili, and the program provides formal and non-formal educational support and other social services to vulnerable children in the community.

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Nangyalai Attal

I am a new doctoral student at CIE focusing on international comparative higher education and peace education. I have B.A. in English Language and Literature from Kabul Education University and M.S. in Human Resources from Golden Gate University in San Francisco where I studied through the Fulbright Scholarships Program. Additionally, as a Visiting Student Researcher at UC Berkeley, I wrote a paper on the State of Labor Movement in Afghanistan. 

 

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