OMAHA – A student from Beijing, China is sharing her country’s language and culture with students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), thanks to a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program grant.
Hui Zhu is serving as a teaching assistant in Chinese and taking graduate courses at UNO this academic year.
Zhu says she hopes to share her experience of China with students and the greater Omaha community.
“[China] is different from years ago,” Zhu said.
She also hopes to explore Omaha. Her first impression was positive.
“Omaha people are so nice and charming,” Zhu said.
As for UNO? “I feel really good about the people and the facilities. […] I even got a birthday card and candy from the staff at University Village – it made me feel so welcome here.”
Zhu is one of more than 400 young educators from 50 countries who has traveled to the US through the FLTA program this academic year. The program’s goal is to help internationalize U.S. colleges and universities.
Grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
In the coming year, grant recipients from East Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Eurasia; the Middle East and North Africa; South and Central Asia; and Sub-Saharan Africa will contribute to U.S. students’ foreign language acquisition in more than 30 languages at more than 200 U.S. institutions.
The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments, universities, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.
Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
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