In the fall of 2016, Nossi College of Art was proud to be accepted into the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1945 with the help of Senator J. Williams Fulbright and President Harry Truman, The Fulbright Scholar Program provides an International Academic Exchange to promote a more peaceful and a prosperous world. There are 155 nations who currently participate in the Fulbright Scholar Program. This legislation increases the international understanding between the United States and foreign nations while focusing on environmental issues, food security, public health, education and other challenges requiring innovative and creative ways to break down barriers and transcend borders between nations.
The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through its Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It provides grants to faculty and administrators of institutions of higher learning all around the world. One of its purposes is to advance understanding among people from different countries. Through professional development and international engagement, scholars are encouraged to participate in seminars and conferences and learn from other scholars across the globe.
Dr. Byron Edwards, the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nossi College of Art, is the Fulbright Liaison. He is one of approximately 1,700 Fulbright Liaisons around the world. Edwards commented, “Our faculty members consist of Creatives. It is my hope that they will be able to contribute to the success of the Fulbright Scholar Program by using their creative talents to enhance international understanding and appreciation for all cultures.”
Nossi College encompasses Fulbright’s mission by encouraging current and future leaders to share cultures, be open to new ideas and be committed to international engagement.