Norwich’s International Center director receives Fulbright grant

Norwich University’s Assistant Vice President for International Education, David Clubb, has been awarded a grant by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) to participate in the 2015 Fulbright Seminar for U.S. International Education Administrators (IEA), conducted by the Fulbright Commission in Germany from October 10 – 24, 2015.

The IEA seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural, and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues. Grantees return with enhanced ability to advance the comprehensive internationalization efforts at their campuses.

The group will spend the first half of the program in Berlin and then divide into subgroups to visit different institutions of higher education in Germany.

Participants will spend three days in Strasbourg, France meeting with fellow American university administrators participating in a similar French program. The Fulbright seminar will conclude in Frankfurt.

Clubb’s participation in the Fulbright program aligns with Norwich’s growing and dynamic international microcampus in the country’s capital, City Lab: Berlin.

This latest news joins a flurry of initiatives undertaken by Norwich’s International Center, which works to promote comprehensive internationalization, an institutional priority at Norwich University. Last year, Norwich sent 70 students to study abroad in more than 10 locations including Australia, China, Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Peru, Spain and others. There are service learning trips to countries abroad such as the Philippines and Tanzania. And last year Norwich hosted 74 international students [pictured above at the fall President’s dinner] from countries including: Afghanistan, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Iran, Lithuania, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Korea and many others.

“It is a tremendous honor to be one of only 20 individuals selected from across the U.S. for the 2015 Fulbright International Education Administrators seminar in Germany. This two-week seminar offers a timely and substantive opportunity for me to expand and accelerate my knowledge and experience of the German higher education and partnership landscape in a way that I would otherwise not be able and in a way that will have an immediate and significant impact on our comprehensive internationalization efforts here at Norwich,” Clubb said.

“Comprehensive internationalization is one of Norwich University’s five strategic priorities leading up to its bicentennial in 2019. And I would like to make Germany a central part of our strategy.

“With our existing partnerships and initiatives, including agreements with the Universität der Bundeswehr München and the Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg, and particularly our micro-campus in Berlin, it should be clear that Norwich has a strong interest in and commitment to Germany. We are eager to broaden and deepen our partnerships with other institutions in Germany and to create an even greater Norwich footprint there.”