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Penn State Welcomes 2008–09 Humphrey Fellows

Article with biographies of the international scholars participating in the 2008-09 Hubert H. Humphrey Program at Penn State

By Joe Savrock (September 2008)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Fourteen professionals from around the world have arrived at Penn State to begin their yearlong participation in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program was established in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to honor the late vice president Hubert H. Humphrey. It is a one-year non-degree program of combined academic and professional development opportunities. The program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from specific countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe, and Eurasia to selected universities in the United States for public service, advanced study, professional training, and work-related experiences.

Penn State has hosted Humphrey fellows since the program started three decades ago; the College of Education is the University’s administrative home of the program. Leila Bradaschia is the program's director.

On most Wednesday evenings between September 17 and November 19, the Humphrey scholars are making presentations about their countries. Everyone is invited. The talks are held at 221 Chambers Building, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The 2008–09 Humphrey Fellows are:



Mr. Faisal Ali Almohawes
Saudi Arabia
Head of Computer Technology Department, Hail College of Technology.
Program areas and interests: administration, time management, teamwork, and strategic planning.


Dr. Khansaa Diab
Head of Practitioner Guidance for Student Teachers, David Yellin College for Education
Program areas and interests: teacher training in the area of minority, at-risk, and underachieving youth; programs to assist principals in dealing with diverse school populations; integration of minority populations into the educational system while retaining their identities; how minorities and majority cope with conflicts at personal\daily levels as well as national\public levels.


Ms. Nataša Đuricic
Civic Education Program Coordinator, Civic Initiatives
Program areas and interests: promotion of the civic mission of schools; the relations of education to political and social development; how education issues in education in various countries of the world bring about social change; policy setting and implementation.


Ms. Mehnaz Jehan
School Principal, Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karimabad Hunza (a unit of the Aga Khan Education Services, Northern Areas, Pakistan)
Program areas and interests: educational administration for the primary and secondary levels; access and equity.


Mr. Merab Labadze
Executive Director, Deer Leap Foundation in the Ministry of Education
Program areas and interests: information and communication technologies development and education, the provision of electronic services to governmental organizations, current trends and future prospects in the field.


Ms. Hoa Thi Thanh Le
Head of International Studies and Lecturer, Hue University
Program areas and interests: credit-based educational system; American studies; interdisciplinary curricula.


Mr. Ernest Andrew Liyatona
Inspector of Education (Swahili), Ministry of Education
Mr. Liyatona wishes to work in Educational Planning and Administration. He is interested in all aspects of planning, policy making, and school management.


Mr. Khanthanouphone Mixaykone
Program Director, Room to Read Laos (NGO)
Program areas and interests: community-based educational efforts, the role of education in development, literacy programs, community participation, and basic education.


El Hassen Ould Ahmed
Professor of English and African Literature, University of Nouakchott
Program areas and interests: curriculum development, distance education/online courses, methods of evaluation, and personnel management, teaching of English as a Second Language.


Ms. Ruxana Parvin
Team Leader, Computer Aided Learning, BRAC Education Program
Program areas and interests: policy making, professional skills development for teachers and administrators, educational technology, student achievement.


Mrs. Valerie Payen Jean-Baptiste
Principal, Humanitaire Serviabilité Elementary School
Program areas and interests: secondary school administration, workforce education, economic aspects of educational administration.


Ms. Nang Sam Phoo
Technical Specialist in Education, ICDP/UNDP
Program areas and interests: adult and community education and development, nonprofit social development organizations, alternative educational systems.


Dr. Tsolmon Renchin
Director of Remote Sensing Laboratory, National University of Mongolia
Program areas and interests: human-induced mining-level land degradation, natural resource management, environmental economics, environmental systems quality analysis, remote sensing techniques, GIS applications.


Ms. Fatma Mohammed Wasel
Educational Secretariat Director, Energy Commission
Program areas and interests: public education and safety programs, education programs involving radiation, especially with the medical uses of radiation.