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6 ASU students receive Gilman Scholarships to study abroad

December 2, 2013

Six Arizona State University students have received prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, ranging in value from $3,000 to $8,000, to study abroad during the spring 2014 semester.  

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural affairs, The Gilman Scholarship Program provides study abroad opportunities for university students in the United States who are receiving federal Pell Grant funds. Gilman Scholarships help cover tuition, room and board, books, transportation, insurance and airfare. student's portrait Download Full Image

The Gilman Scholarship Program is one of many study abroad opportunities for which students can apply. Currently, students may study abroad through over 250 programs in more than 60 countries, facilitated by the ASU Study Abroad Office

Jonathan Dilling, a student in the W. P. Carey School of Business majoring in global politics, is one of the lucky award recipients. He will leave for Argentina on Feb. 28, 2014 to study at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires.

“I wanted to study in a country that didn’t speak English. I picked Argentina because I’m excited to learn about the culture. I also have a friend who has some family there,” he said.

While abroad, Dilling is planning to take a course on international relations between the United States and Latin America, and another on the history and economics of the country. He will also take part in excursions that enhance his understanding of the land.

Upon returning to the U. S., he hopes to be fluent in Spanish and have a new perspective on life.

“I’m craving this adventure. I’m excited for my classes and to explore places like El Tigre and Cataratas del Iguazo, which is a river that flows between Argentina and Brazil,” he said.

Dilling received assistance in applying for the Gilman Scholarship from the Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarship Advisement housed within Barrett, the Honors College.

The spring 2014 Gilman Scholars from ASU are:

Samuel Cox – Global Studies major, France, $3,000

Jonathan Dilling – Business Global Politics major, Argentina, $4,000

Fabio Gentile – Anthropology and Geography majors, Japan, $3,000

Kamra Hakim – Global Studies major, United Arab Emirates, $8,000

Emily Maynard – Psychology major, France, $3,500

Rebecca Teague – Asia Studies major, South Korea, $5,000

For more information about the Gilman Scholarship Program, click here.

Palestinian prime minister greets ASU leaders at launch of training program

December 2, 2013

ASU, An-Najah National University partner on renewable energy solutions

With a shared goal of advancing global renewable energy solutions, Arizona State University has partnered with An-Najah National University in the West Bank to offer the Renewable Energy Leadership Training Program. ASU Professor, Dr. Sayfe Kiaei, addresses audience in the West Bank Download Full Image

The inaugural event took place Nov. 17 in Nablus, West Bank and was attended by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, officials from the Palestinian Energy Authority and representatives from both partner universities.

“Together, ASU and An-Najah National University will develop comprehensive and implementable renewable energy strategies that not only address our regional energy challenges, but will also impact the global energy arena,” said Sayfe Kiaei, director of Connection One and professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, within ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

“The objective of this course is to develop a comprehensive training program on renewable energy,” Kiaei said. “The participants included representatives from energy industry, utility companies, policymakers and energy sectors. After a one-week successful training program at An-Najah, there will be a one-week course at ASU.

"We look forward to continued collaboration and international transfer of knowledge between the two universities,” added Kiaei, who was joined by Ron Roedel, ASU emeritus professor of electrical engineering; Stephen Feinson, assistant vice president of ASU Global Engagement; Mike Pasqualetti, professor in ASU's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning; and Jessica Cheng, a project manager at ASU.

The training program is funded by LightWorks, an ASU initiative that unites resources and researchers across ASU to confront global energy challenges.

During the commencement speech, Prime Minister Hamdallah said Palestine has reached an important milestone in the advancement of the energy sector, and assured that it meets the increasing needs of the Palestinian people and reduces the need to buy electric power from Israel. This milestone is thanks to the complementary roles between the public and private sectors and to the support of friendly states.

The Deputy President for International and Strategic Affairs at An-Najah National University, Kherieh Rassas, said the Renewable Energy Leadership Training Program is the culmination of more than two years’ work emphasizing the importance of the development of renewable energy resources in order to improve community and environmental objectives in Palestine.

“We are optimistic, for as soon as the project is completed, it will have marked the establishment of a clearer strategic path for improving access to renewable energy resources, and this is what will also help in the development of an independent electricity supply in Palestine,” Rassas said.

Palestinian officials will meet again in 2014 at ASU to continue the training program and discuss energy conditions, issues, policies and programs in both regions.

To learn more about the Renewable Energy Leadership Training Program, visit