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M A RY L A N DI N T E R N A T I O N A LUniversity of MarylandOIPOffice of International Programs1122 holzapfel hall university of marylandcollege park, maryland 20742FALL 5 vol. 1

M A R Y L A N D I N T E R N A T I O N A L is the newsletter of the Office of International Programs (Saúl Sosnowski, director) andthe interconnected group of offices under its auspices, including International Education Services (Valerie Woolston, director),Study Abroad (Michael Ulrich, associate director), the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs (Ken Hunter, interim associate director),and the Maryland English Institute (Marsha Sprague, director). It is published twice during the spring semester and twice duringthe fall semester, with an additional issue in the summer. For submissions or suggestions for future issues, please contact theeditor, Kelly Blake, by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 301.405.4771.M A RY L A N DI N T E R N AT I O N A LFALL 2005EDITOR/DESIGNERDESIGNERKelly BlakeDuy-Khuong Van

OFFICE OFINTER NATIONALPROGRAMSINSTITUTEFOR globalcHINESE shInstitute1122 Holzapfel Hall,0124 Taliaferro Hall,3116 Mitchell Building,1123 Holzapfel HallCollege Park, MD 20742College Park, MD 20742College Park, MD 20742College Park, Maryland 20742301.405.8634 phone301.405.4772 phone301.405.0208 phone301.314.7740 phone301.405.4773 fax301.405.0219 fax301.314.9347 fax301.314.9462 eduwww.mei.umd.educontents4Mote Builds Bridges with AsianUniversities and Leaders During Summer Visit7Israelis, Palestinians, and Latin AmericansJoin Together for Dialogues to Promote Peace9Dingman Center Fosters Chinese EntrepreneurshipThrough Business Plan Competition10Institute for Global Chinese Affairsand Confucius Institute Promote Chinese Language and Culture11Pollination, Preservation, and Political Socialization:Two Biologists and a Human Development ProfessorRecognized for Pioneering International Research13News and Initiatives from the Office of International Programs14Four University of Maryland StudentsWin Scholarships for Studies Abroad14Fulbright Scholars at UM and Abroad152005-2006 International Film Series: The Outsiderphoto credits/notes (by page)Images throughoutFRONT COVERSaúl SosnowskiFloating market, Bangkok, ThailandOPPOSITECeasarea Roman ruins, IsraelBACK COVERA view from Nazareth, IsraelAmbassaodorial Lecture Series Enters its Fifth YearThis fall, the Ambassadorial Lecture Series kicks off its fifth year with a visit from His Excellency Sereywath Ek, ambassador fromCambodia to the United States, on October 4, 2005 at 3:30 PM in McKeldin Library, room 6137. Visit fordetails on additional visiting ambassadors this year.

M A RY L A N DIN TER N A TI O N AL AboveAbove James Soong, chairman of Taiwan’sPeople First Party, meets with President Mote.OIP301.405.4772 PHONEPresident C.D. Mote, Jr. meets Dr. Adisai Bodharamik, Thailand’s Minister of Education.Above Lien Chan (center), former chairman of the KMT, meets with President Mote and Saúl Sosnowski.Also pictured: WS Lin (second from left), chairman of Tatung, president of UMD Taiwan Alumni Club, and ShuanSheng Liu (third from left), President of National Central University, Taiwan, on leave from University of Maryland.IGCA301.405.0208 PHONEIES301.314.7740 PHONEMEI 301.405.8634 PHONE

fall 2005volume iMote Builds Bridges with Asian Universitiesand Leaders During Summer VisitI n J u n e 2 0 0 5 , University of Maryland President C.D.Mote, Jr. visited Thailand, Taiwan, and Singapore, accompanied by Saul Sosnowski, now Associate Provost for International Affairs. They first stopped in Bangkok, Thailand,where they met with the Minister of Education, Dr. AdisaiBodharamik. At Chulalongkorn University, Thailand’soldest higher education institution, they met with PresidentKhunying Suchada Kiranandana. This university officiallyopened in Bangkok in 1917, a few decades after then KingChulalongkorn initiated the idea as part of a policy to helpThailand (then called “Siam”) resist colonization, strengthenits government, and preserve its independence.President Mote gave a speech to Chulalongkorn facultymembers on “Research Universities and Globalization” inwhich he emphasized the relationship between universityresearch and economic growth: “In a competitive globalarena, greatness can only be achieved by a universitythat is perceived at home and abroad as an irreplaceableasset in economic development and the advancement ofknowledge.  In a world that relies on knowledge and innovation for the well-being of its citizens, universities have toset their courses for their role in societal advancement. Theycannot be on the sidelines.”Following the lecture, Mote and Sosnowski met withthe Physics and Engineering faculties, several of whom areUniversity of Maryland alumni, and toured technologyfacilities including the Semiconductor Physics ResearchLaboratory, the Center for Excellence on Nano Technology,and the Machine Intelligence and Knowledge DiscoveryLaboratory.Their next visit was to the Sirindhorn InternationalInstitute of Technology (SIIT), founded in 1996 by Thammasaat University in conjunction with the Japanese andThai Federations of Business, where they met with thedirector Dr. Sawasd Tantaratana. They also visited RangsitUniversity and met with the president of Siam University,Dr. Pornchai Mongkhonvanit.From Thailand, Mote and Sosnowski flew to Taiwanwhere they met with the Taiwan Alumni Club, the largestinternational Maryland alumni group, with more than 800members. Also in Taiwan, Lien Chan and James Soong,both high profile Taiwanese political leaders with honor-OIPary doctorates from the University of Maryland, briefedPresident Mote in two separate private meetings on theirrecent visits with leaders from the People’s Republic ofChina (PRC). Chan, who was chairman of the Kuomintang(KMT) or Nationalist Party of China from 2000-2005, drewattention in Spring 2005 when he traveled to mainlandChina to meet with President Hu Jintao. This meetingwas the highest-level exchange between the KMT and theCommunist Party of China in 60 years (since Chiang Kaishek and Mao Zedong met in 1945). James Soong (chairmanof the People First Party) also met with PRC leaders shortlyafter Chan’s visit to express his support for unifying Taiwanand mainland China.Greatness can only be achieved by a universitythat is perceived at home and abroad as anirreplaceable asset in economic developmentand the advancement of knowledge.—President C.D. MoteMembers of the UM Thai alumni    I G CA du

M A RY L A N DIN TER N A TI O N ALMote in Asia, continued Mote was invited to speak at a forum on universitybusiness partnerships in Taipei where he emphasized theimportance of incentives for innovation, the success of existing partnerships that UM has established with industry andwith US and foreign governments, and efforts to encourageentrepreneurship through mentorship and funding access.Some of the US-China partnerships he mentioned include:the first US-based research park that the Chinese Ministryof Science and Technology has designated to build inMaryland; the executive training programs offered throughthe Institute for Global Chinese Affairs; and the ConfuciusInstitute at Maryland, sponsored by China’s Ministry ofEducation, which began offering classes in Chinese languageand culture earlier this year.From Taiwan, Mote and Sosnowski made one finalstop in Singapore, where Mote attended a roundtable withpresidents from the Association of American Universities andthe Association of Pacific Rim Universities at the NationalUniversity of Singapore (NUS). Dr. Sosnowski met withNUS leaders to explore opportunities for more cooperationbetween their institution and the University of Maryland. OIP301.405.4772 PHONEIGCA301.405.0208 PHONEThe Thai Alumni Club is one of the largest and most active internationalMaryland alumni groups. Pictured below: President Mote (front, center), Thai Minister of Education Dr. Adisai Bodharamik (left of Mote),Saúl Sosnowski (right of Mote) and members of the alumni club.IES301.314.7740 PHONEMEI 301.405.8634 PHONE

fall 2005volume iIsraelis, Palestinians,& Latin AmericansJoin Togetherfor Dialogues toPromote PeaceL e s s t h a n t w o w e e k s before the scheduled disengagement of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip and the northernWest Bank in August 2005, a group of Israeli, Palestinian,and Jewish Latin American writers and intellectuals gatheredin Israel for dialogues on promoting peace in the MiddleEast. Sponsored by the Israeli Center for Latin AmericanCommunities (CICLA) and NOAJ (the Literary Journal ofthe International Association of Jewish Writers in Spanishand Portuguese), the meetings took place from August 2-6in Jerusalem, Haifa, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, and at a kibbutz inthe Negev. This five day cross-cultural dialogue broughttogether poets, fiction writers, journalists, and scholarsrepresenting a wide spectrum of opinions on Israeli-Palestinian relations, many frequently not heard in the mainstreampress. A vital goal of the dialogues was to hear Palestinianwriters’ perspectives in the context of the disengagement andthe current state of the peace process.After opening words from Arie Fainstein (director ofCICLA), Saúl Sosnowski, Associate Provost for InternationalAffairs at the University of Maryland, led a discussion ata reading by Latin American poets at Hebrew Universityof Jerusalem on August 2. The internationally recognizedIsraeli writer A.B. Yehoshua spoke on new forms ofanti-Semitism at the University of Haifa on August 3, andengaged in a lively dialogue with Sosnowski, Paris-basedArgentinean writer and journalist Luisa Futoronsky, andOded Balaban, professor of philosophy at the University ofHaifa. In Nazareth, the dialogue continued between LuisaOIP Israeli writer A.B. Yehoshua speaking at the University of HaifaFutoransky, Saúl Sosnowski, Arab-Israeli poet Siham Daoud,and Palestinian poet Samih Al Kasem.At the University of Tel Aviv on August 4th, ProfessorNatan Lerner, an Argentinean-born lawyer and internationallaw scholar with the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya andthe University of Tel Aviv, discussed the implications of theIsraeli disengagement from Gaza in a roundtable discussionwith Sosnowski and Futoransky.At the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem (theVatican’s spiritual center in the holy land) on August 5th, anintercultural and interfaith roundtable discussion on “ThePeace Process and Civil Society” brought together Muslim,Christian, and Jewish editorial members of NOAJ and thePalestine-Israel Journal. In his opening remarks, Dr.    I G CA du

M A RY L A N DIN TER N A TI O N ALTopA market in NazarethbottomThe Western Wall in JerusalemMiddle East peace dialogues, continued Senkman (Director of NOAJ; Hebrew University of Jerusalem) expressed a sentiment that many participants echoed:“Our literary journal, NOAJ, is concerned about the fact thatthe current [peace] process rests primarily on the security—and the unilateral security—side of things. We think thatit neglected the cultural and intellectual aspects essential forthe success of such a process. We believe the time has comefor civil society to make every effort to ensure that culturaland educational processes will be an integral part of thepolitical security arrangements.”Other participants in the dialogue included ProfessorNaomi Chazan (head of the School of Government andSociety, Academic College of Tel Aviv); Danny Rubinstein(Senior commentator on Palestinian affairs for Ha’Aretz,an independent daily newspaper from Tel Aviv); ProfessorNazmi Ju’Beh (Director of RIWAQ – The Center forArchitectural Preservation, Bir-Zeit University); Dr. WalidSalem (Director of PANORMA – Palestinian Center for theDissemination of Democracy and Community Development,Jerusalem); Ziad Abu-Zayyad (co-editor of the Palestine-IsraelJournal); Florinda F. Goldberg (Associate Director of NOAJ;Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Dan Leon (Palestine-IsraelJournal), Noga Tarnopolsky ( journalist with Forward, Yiddishnewspaper from New York), Dr. Tullo Vigevani (Universityof São Paulo), and Dr. Saúl Sosnowski (University ofMaryland).The sixth dialogue took place at a kibbutz in the Negevthat was founded by Argentineans and Brazilians. Participants toured the kibbutz and learned about the educationalexperiences available for international students. On the finalday of the dialogues, participants visited the northern Gazastrip with members of the Shaar Ha-Negev kibbutz.Dr. Sosnowski also visited the University of Ben Gurionin Be’er Sheva with whom the University of Maryland hopesto build a collaborative relationship. President Mote willvisit Ben Gurion on a planned trip to the Middle East withSosnowski in the coming year. OIP301.405.4772 PHONEIGCA301.405.0208 PHONEIES301.314.7740 PHONEMEI 301.405.8634 PHONE

fall 2005volume iDingman Center Fosters Chinese EntrepreneurshipThrough Business Plan CompetitionH o n g x i a ( S h a ) W a n g , a PhD candidate in Electricalpreneurs to compete for much needed funding for theirEngineering and an aspiring entrepreneur, talks enthuearly stage businesses,” Epstein explains. “We are awardsiastically about a new hearing aid technology that she ising a total of 45,000 to the top three proposals—this is ainvolved in developing and hopes to market in comingsignificant sum in the Chinese market and will go a longyears in China. As a Beijing native and a “Technologyway to help launch the winning enterprises.”Commercialization Associate” with the Dingman CenterThe Smith School already has well-established linksfor Entrepreneurship, a nationally-recognized center atwith the Chinese business community through its Executhe Robert H. S