BROWN AND MUSKIE FELLOWS HEIGHTEN LEVEL OF DISCOURSE ON INTERNATIONAL TOPICS
Syracuse University has long supported the Fulbright program, bringing international scholars to campus to lecture or conduct postdoctoral research. In recent years, two newer programs have attracted talented students from Eastern Europe and former Soviet countries to the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
With matching support from the Graduate School, the Ron Brown and Edmund S. Muskie/Freedom Support Act fellowships allow international scholars to pursue degrees and conduct research within Maxwell's Executive Education Program and Global Affairs Institute (GAI). "We have first-rate academic programs, strong administrative support, and internationally recognized external funding agencies interested in sending people here," says Peter Englot, assistant dean of the Graduate School. "It was easy to decide to provide support."
The Ron Brown fellowshipsnamed for the late U.S. secretary of commerce who died while promoting U.S. business interests in the Balkansare given to students from Eastern and Central Europe, including Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Republic of Yugoslavia. The Muskie fellowships, established by the U.S. Congress to encourage economic and democratic growth in countries of the former Soviet Union and the Baltic states, allow citizens of those countries to study a variety of fields in the United States, including economics, law, and public administration at Maxwell.
Visiting scholars have two homes at Maxwell: one in their academic departments, and one at GAI, which integrates Maxwell's international research, training, service, and program activities, says Maria Bettua, assistant director of the institute and creator of its visitors program. "We provide logistical support for visitors, engage them in visiting scholar lectures, involve them in various symposia, and encourage them to align with one of our five research groups," she says. The groupsIdentity and Nationalism in a Globalized World, the Global Political Economy Research Consortium, Governance in the Information Age, International Political Psychology, and Programs and Research on Latin Americaoffer an array of research possibilities.
The master of arts in public administration, managed by the Executive Education Program, is a popular choice with international students, says Catherine Gerard, associate director of executive education. "The program is flexible so that students can design a master's degree to meet their professional needs," she says. That flexibility allows Ron Brown Fellow Mirjana Radic to concentrate on international development and human resources, areas that most interest her and apply directly to her counseling work in Bosnia, Croatia, and the Republic of Georgia. "I am a psychologist, but I've been working in complicated political situations, in administration and conflict resolution," she says. "This fellowship provides a great opportunity for me to bridge the gap between practical experience and theories in these areas."