This fall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick welcomed an incoming freshman class that is record-breaking for its size (7,150 projected first-year incoming students) and mean SAT score (1318), exceeding the records set last year. Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy noted that the class includes the largest percentage of international students (12 percent) in Rutgers–New Brunswick history, primarily including students from China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada and Vietnam.

Professor Mark Robson’s career at Rutgers embodies the university mission of research, education, and service, and he is a natural collaborator as a core faculty member of Rutgers Global Health Institute. Robson has worked in 20 countries and has made significant contributions in southeast Asia. A current undertaking is the agricultural health course that he developed and teaches in Thailand through a partnership with Bangkok’s Mahidol University and the University of Massachusetts.

Anusha Gupta is a sophomore at Rutgers University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She is from New Delhi, India, and when she came to Rutgers as a rising freshman it was also her first visit to the United States. Like many students about to embark on their college experience, she was nervous, but perhaps a bit more so since she would also be transitioning into life in a new country. Enter RU-FIT, a transformative transition course.

For the sixth consecutive year, Rutgers University was honored to welcome two cohorts of Mandela Washington Fellows to campus to participate in six-week programs in civic engagement and leadership in business. Each year, the Fellows participate in a symposium on global natural disasters where they hear from speakers about real-life disasters and then divide into groups to commence a “hackathon,” where they create innovative solutions to the problems that arise when natural disasters strike. This year, the focus was the catastrophic cyclone Idai that affected 1.85 million people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in March.

The USAID (United States Agency for International Development) has awarded a $3 million grant to Rutgers University–Camden in support of its efforts to launch a Higher Education Center for Ethics, Equity, and Transparency (HECEET) in Paraguay. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy at Rutgers University–Camden, notes that Rutgers is well positioned for this unique partnership designed to promote much-needed democratic reforms in Paraguay.

Though the Rutgers University—New Brunswick campus is much quieter in the summer months, there is still plenty of activity taking place in and around the classrooms thanks to a range of summer programs offered from the Rutgers Global—Professional Development & Training Office. Jeff Wang, assistant vice president for global affairs, reported that there were no fewer than nine training programs taking place during the months of July and August for college students, faculty, and administrators from some of the top universities in China. 

On Democracy Now, Amy Goodman spoke with Pamela McElwee, associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, about a new report warning that humans are consuming land and resources at an unprecedented rate, with the destructive effects of the climate crisis increasingly threatening the food security of hundreds of millions of people. Professor McElwee was one of a top panel of United Nations climate scientists who authored this report.

Associate Professor Genese Sodikoff is a cultural anthropologist who focuses on biodiversity loss, conservation and restoration. Of late, Sodikoff has been doing an ethnographic study of the bubonic plague and rabies in Madagascar, looking at how land degradation, climate change and deforestation are intensifying zoonoses—or diseases transmitted to humans from animals—as shrinking habitats bring humans and other species into greater contact.

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We were honored to welcome our newest international students to campus during our week-long orientation at the end of August.

We were honored to host the 4th annual Women's Leadership Symposium for our Mandela Washington Fellows this summer. Hassana Alidou, Niger's ambassador to the U.S., and Michellene Davis, Executive VP of RWJ Barnabas Health truly inspired everyone with their stories. 

Kulsom Zehra is an RU1st scholarship recipient who recently returned from studying global health in Thailand this summer. Read her reflections on Instagram.

Retweet from the Rutgers Global Health Institute: "The 3 essential strategies to end the #AIDS epidemic by 2030 require a "dramatic change in course" said 
 -- Follow the science. Treat the whole person. Expand the health workforce."

Global Events
Friendship Fridays:
September 6, 13, 20, 27
4:00-7:00 p.m., 30 College Ave.

Join Rutgers Global and its university partners for this weekly “pop-up lounge” from 4:00–7:00 p.m. at various locations across the New Brunswick campus. Enjoy food, fun, and conversation—and meet and make new friends from around the world!

Desert in the Promised Land: Nature, Settlement, and the Politics of Space: September 12, 7:30 p.m., Douglass Student Center - Trayes Hall 

Yael Zerubavel will discuss her new book, Desert in the Promised Land , which explores the multiple meanings of the desert as both a geographic region in Israel and a symbolic landscape in Zionist and Israeli culture.

Study Abroad Fair: September 18, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Morrell St. (outside College Ave. Student Center)

Join us from 3:00–6:00 p.m. at our Fall 2019 Study Abroad Fair to find out more about our program offerings and how international exposure can give you a competitive edge in your job hunt. We’ll have food, music, and giveaways—including application fee waivers and scholarships! 

The Achebe Leadership Forum featuring the Honorable Nana Afuko-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana: September 21, College Ave. Student Center

Rutgers welcomes the Honorable Nana Afuko-Addo for this special event, which will be on "Peace and Development in Africa" with commentary by:
Nana Marfo, Gyaase Chief, Akwadum
Dr. Abena Busia, Ambassador of Ghana to Brazil and Rutgers University Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies
Mr. Kofi Appenteng, President and CEO, The Africa-America Institute
Dr. Hassana Alidou, Ambassador-at-Large, Republic of Niger, and Professor of Linguistics

More Events

September 13, 7:30 p.m., The Center for European Studies and the Department of Dance Present: Palissimo Company, "Custodians of Beauty." More information

September 20-27, Rutgers Students for Environmental Awareness Present: Rutgers Climate Action Week. More information

September 21, 7:00 p.m., The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University Presents: The Splendor of the Chinese Performing Arts. More information

September 24, 4:30 p.m., The Center for European Studies Presents: Arpad van Klimo (Catholic University), "Anticommunism and Detente: Hungarians in West Germany, 1971-75." More information

September 24, 7:30 p.m., Rutgers Global & Partners Present: Understanding the Peace Process in Colombia: Film Screening and Discussion of Port of Destiny: Peace. More information

October 2, 2:00 p.m., The British Studies Center and South Asian Studies Program Present: Afghanistan at the Edge of Empire Symposium. More information

October 2-4, The Department of Geography Presents: Small Scale Agriculture in an Era of Global Change: Landscapes & Livelihoods (11th MaGrann Conference). More information
For Faculty
Information about Fulbright U.S. Scholar Application

We are two weeks away from the 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition deadline. As a reminder, the deadline for this year's competition is September 16 . Click the link below for program highlights and announcements, including how to strengthen your Fulbright application.

Funding Awards Available for Rutgers Global Event Co-Sponsorships

Rutgers Global Event Co-Sponsorships are due September 30, 2019 . Funding awards of $300 to $500 will be given to units organizing activities for the 2019-2020 academic year.

These event co-sponsorships support faculty, staff, and students engaging the Rutgers community in activities that significantly expand the university’s international agenda by exploring topics of global importance. Examples include university-wide lectures, conferences, or symposia, or more specialized meetings engaging more narrowly defined scholarly or educational concerns. Any and all globally focused and theme-related events that bring together diverse groups of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public are welcome and encouraged.

Rutgers Global is the university-wide unit of Rutgers University committed to leading, developing, and promoting international initiatives and education. We foster global engagement that enriches the student experience, builds faculty excellence, and enhances Rutgers University’s national and international reputation as a preeminent teaching and research university. Rutgers Global nurtures the diversity of Rutgers and New Jersey, advances cross-cultural awareness, and cultivates citizens and leaders whose knowledge and skills can bridge the local and global.