Friday, March 11, 2016

MAEUS Alum Michael Nelson's Ukrainian Research

Mike Nelson and EducationUSA alum Kostyantyn
By Michael Nelson

Recently, MAEUS alum, Michael Nelson was in Ukraine as a part of his research at Stockholm University.  Here is his personal statement about his recent experience:

"I went to Vinnytsia, Ukraine to conduct research for my Master's thesis to completely my degree in International and Comparative Education from Stockholm University.

Mike Nelson and students

I connected with several administrators from Ukrainian universities last summer when I worked for the EducationUSA Leadership Institute in Champaign that was hosted by the office of Global Education and Training at the University of Illinois, and the representatives from Donetsk National University and Vinnytsia National Technical University were able to help me organize focus group sessions with their students. Donetsk National University had to move over 500 miles to Vinnytsia as a result of the conflict in the Donbass, so it was especially interesting to hear from students about that subject."

Michael Nelson's experience through the Stockholm University is sponsored by Illinois Strategic International Partnerships (ISIP), the Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE), 2016 Heiskell Award Winner for International Partnerships.

From the INSPIRE website:
The goal with INSPIRE is to establish a transnational partnership alliance between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) and three leading research universities in Stockholm, Sweden. This partnership was initiated with KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and quickly expanded to include Stockholm University (SU). We are now actively exploring potential avenues of collaboration with Karolinska Institutet (KI). Together, these top Swedish universities include faculties of engineering, humanities, law, medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences. This partnership alliance is a collaborative venture of well-matched, peer institutions and is expected to be fully reciprocal.
Mike Nelson and Iryna

The EUC is always proud to see the experiences and opportunities of alumni.  The Master of Arts in European Union Studies at the University of Illinois is designed to meet the needs of three constituencies of students: those seeking to combine area expertise with professional training; those proceeding to disciplinary-based doctoral work; and those seeking a stand-alone, professional degree. To learn more about the program and alumni from the program, visit the webpage on the EUC website.

Mike Nelson and EducationUSA alum Nick

Michael Nelson is a MAEUS alum of the EUC at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mike previously interned at the Fulbright Commission in Belgium and most recently received a scholarship to study at Stockholm University in Sweden.  Learn more about him here.

All photos credited to Michael Nelson.


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