WMU officials visit UN to talk about international education

On May 6, Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn and Haenicke Institute Associate Provost Wolfgang Schlӧr participated in panel discussions hosted by the United Nations Development Program on the occasion of the launching of the "Arab Knowledge Index". The event at the UN Headquarters in New York was attended by diplomats, UN officials, and representatives of non-governmental organizations involved in education in North Africa and the Middle East. WMU Geosciences Professor Essam Heggy served as moderator of the two panels, which examined findings of the Arab Knowledge Index and its implications for education in the region. Dunn and Schlӧr focused on the role of overseas higher education for students from the region, and WMU's experience with students from the Middle East in particular.

Orxan Abbasov, WMU alumni and ambassador

Fulbright Fellow lands senior adviser position in Azerbaijan's education ministry

Orxan Abbasov, a Fulbright Fellow who attended Western Michigan University from 2012 to 2014, was recently named senior advisor in the Ministry of Education in his home country—the Republic of Azerbaijan. He is currently working on implementation of a national strategy to develop education in rural, remote areas of Azerbaijan.

Dr. Brian Wilson in Malaysia

WMU professor co-develops first world religions course at partner institution

Dr. Brian Wilson, comparative religion professor and recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist award, recently spent six weeks at Sunway University in Malaysia to co-develop the first-ever world religions course to be offered at Western University’s long-time institutional partner. We learned about his project in this interview.

June 14

Chinese culture workshop "Chinese Knotting," 4048 Brown Hall, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; registration required.