IUP administrator appointed to Fulbright board
January 30, 2014 10:50 AM
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Michele Petrucci, assistant vice president for International Education and Global Engagement in the Office of International Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was recently reappointed or selected for roles in three international education programs.

In December, she was reappointed for a third year to serve on the Fulbright National Screening Committee to review applications for the Fulbright International Education Administrator programs in Japan and Korea.

In 2005, Petrucci was one of five U.S. administrators awarded the Fulbright IEA to Japan, which focused on the country’s education system (preschool through postgraduate), with a special focus on governmental reforms occurring at the time.

The Fulbright National Screening Committee is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education. The IEA reviews are conducted in Washington, D.C.

In November, Petrucci was selected by the Institute of International Education to be part of a new initiative in Myanmar.

The program, “Connecting with the World: International Relations at Higher Education Institutions,” aims to help university and ministry representatives in Myanmar learn how to establish an international office and learn the role an international office can play in linking with other institutions, establishing an international presence and achieving other institutional goals.

Petrucci was selected as one of 40 professionals worldwide to be paired with participants in Myanmar and provide virtual mentorship on a weekly basis through April.

The training she and others provide will be essential for enabling universities in Myanmar to connect with institutions in the United States and other countries, so that they can build institutional capacity and prepare students to meet current workforce needs and support rapid economic development.

Petrucci also was selected to be a reader for the Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program’s 2013-2014 Tunisia Undergraduate Scholarship Program, joining other distinguished professionals in helping to select the most qualified students for the program.

“I appreciate being selected to serve in various capacities within the field of international education,” Petrucci said. “These opportunities allow me to grow professionally and personally and also afford me the chance to introduce others to IUP and all our institution has to offer.”

Petrucci has led IUP’s Office of International Education, formerly the Office of International Affairs, since 1997. She completed her undergraduate studies at Kenyon College, in Ohio; received a master’s degree from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa; and earned her Ph.D. from IUP.

On an annual basis, IUP welcomes more than 700 international students from more than 60 countries.

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