Mohammad Tareque Rahman (Ed.S. 2015)

In the spring of 2018 Tareque returned to UMass to visit CIE in its new home.


When the Peter Pan bus passed the University lodge I was telling my wife to pay attention to the right-hand side of the road to have a glimpse of the CIE building. We saw a modern building (the Fine arts building), though our eyes were looking for that two story little old building where once I used to go every day, which was my school. Unfortunately, we found a fenced area and my wife was telling me, "probably CIE has moved somewhere else," seeing my disappointed face. 


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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 Johannes (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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Mshauri Abdulla Khamis (M.Ed. 2012)

After getting my Master’s degree, I returned to Tanzania and was posted to the Department of Secondary Education as a head of the Secondary Education Division in Zanzibar. Four months later, I moved to Dar es Salaam, after being selected to work with the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), in the Secretariat. Once again I left my family and worked on the mainland for 14 months.


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Abraham Sineta (Ed.D. 2012)

I am from Malawi where I graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1992 from the University of Malawi Chancellor College. My major was Physics with Mathematics as a minor. I taught physical science at secondary school level for six years before I got promoted to District Education officer in 1998. I came to UMASS CIE in 2001 under the Malawi project to do my masters in international education and simultaneously I got promoted in the same year to be District Education Manager.

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Martha Nyongani (M.Ed. 2003; Ed.D. 2012)

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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