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KU School of Languages welcomes 2019/2020 FLTAs

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures has announced the 2019/2020 cohort of Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants.

The following individuals have received a Fulbright award to teach a foreign language at KU:

Sapna Aggarwal, from Delhi, India. Aggarwal holds a master’s degree in English literature from Gargi College, University of Delhi. Aggarwal will teach Hindi.

Tetiana Kidruk, from Rivne, Ukraine. Kidruk holds a master’s degree in English philology and French from the National Pedagogical University in Kyiv, Ukraine. Kidruk will teach Ukrainian.

Hulya Sezer, from Eskisehir, Turkey. Sezer holds a bachelor’s degree in English language education from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Sezer will teach Turkish.

Hanan Abu Salih, from Sakhnin, Israel. Abu Salih holds a bachelor’s degree in English and education from the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel. Abu Salih will teach Arabic.

Rasaq Malik Gbolahan, from Ibadan, Nigeria. Gbolahan holds a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Nigeria. Gbolahan will teach Yoruba.

“KU is fortunate to have FLTAs from India, Israel, Nigeria, Turkey and Ukraine for the 2019–2020 academic year,” said Marc Greenberg, SLLC director. “They will help our students advance their knowledge of their languages as well as serve as cultural ambassadors for their countries. KU students studying Arabic, Hindi, Turkish, Ukrainian and Yoruba this year are in for a priceless experience with their native-language expertise and cultural knowledge.”

The KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures was established in fall 2014 and emphasizes the central importance of language and culture for a 21st-century education in a globalized world. At KU some 40 languages are taught on a regular basis, as well as courses on culture, literature, history and politics connected with many of those languages. KU is a national leader in the study of foreign languages, offering more languages than any other university in the Big 12 Conference.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State.  Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines while building relationships, knowledge and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the U.S. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received Pulitzer Prizes and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

In the U.S., the Institute of International Education supports the implementation of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.     

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

Photo: Pictured, from left, are Tetiana Kidruk, Sapna Aggarwal, Hulya Sezer and Rasaq Malik Gbolahan. Not pictured: Hanan Abu Salih.