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Spotlight: University Enrolls First Fulbright Fellows

Date Published:
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Internationally, the word is out – UNC Charlotte has outstanding graduate programs that are attractive to top scholars. Evidence of the University’s widening global reach is the enrollment of three new international students selected through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

Yudo Anggoro, Maram Al Bastaki and Dirk Feldrappe are among the more than 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enrolled in U.S. academic programs this year.

Anggoro, from Indonesia, enrolled in UNC Charlotte’s doctoral program in public policy to “get a challenging work environment” that will be benefit him and his country.

A native of Bahrain, Al Bastaki, said she “did a lot of searching to find the most suitable program” to help advance her career and knowledge in the field of information technology. She chose the University’s Master of Science in Information Technology because of its unique concentration in IT management.

International partnerships like the Fulbright Program are crucial to foster good will and understanding, and both domestic and international students, faculty and staff... benefit from such collaborations.
Tom Reynolds, Dean of the Graduate School

According to Feldrappe, who is from Germany, UNC Charlotte was his “number one pick in the Fulbright Foreign Student Program” because the “Belk College of Business has an outstanding reputation in the world of finance and an extraordinary network to a lot of companies.” Feldrappe is pursuing a master’s in economics and appreciates the historical connections of North Carolina with Germany as well as the large German community in Charlotte.

“International partnerships like the Fulbright Program are crucial to foster good will and understanding, and both domestic and international students, faculty and staff, as well as the greater Charlotte community, benefit from such collaborations,” said Tom Reynolds, dean of the Graduate School. This fall, the school enrolled new students from more than 23 different counties in its 18 doctoral and 62 master’s programs. UNC Charlotte’s graduate enrollment is expected to reach a new record of 5,450 students.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; it brings citizens from around the world to the United States for graduate study and research at U.S. universities.