Fulbright Senior Specialist heading to UNE

Published 06 March 2015

PR061812The University of New England will soon welcome Professor Elaine Scott, a renowned academic and leading figure in higher education research from the United States as part of the Fulbright Scholarship Program.

Professor Elaine Scott is Dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Washington Bothell, and will travel to UNE to assist developing curriculum, building research links, and establishing ongoing cooperation.

The Fulbright Program is the largest and one of the most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world. It operates between the United States and over 155 countries worldwide. A bi-national treaty was established between the Australian and U.S. Governments in 1949. This year competition was particularly strong for the Senior Specialist scholarship – a reflection of the high regard for the Fulbright Program.

Professor Scott says she is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel to UNE on a Fulbright Scholarship to contribute to UNE’s facilities in higher education research, particularly across the fields of Science, Technology, Mathematics, Medicine and Education.

“I understand that the facilities at UNE are very innovative and collaborative across the various disciplines,” Professor Scott said.

“I am looking forward to promoting mutual understanding between the USA and Australia, and the Fulbright enables me to achieve this.”

UNE Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Heiko Daniel said that having Professor Scott at UNE will be a great benefit to the university.

“It is very exciting to welcome a Fulbright Scholar to UNE,” Professor Daniel said.

“UNE colleagues from across all Schools are excited about the prospects of working together with colleagues from the US for the benefit of students and researchers from both of our countries.

“This is a great opportunity to build collaborative research between UNE and the University of Washington – Bothell.”

Professor Daniel attended the Australian – American Fulbright Commission’s 2015 Scholar Showcase and Presentation Dinner on February 19 and applauded the level of scholarship displayed by each of the candidates.

Recent reports in both the USA and Australia identify Science, Technology and Mathematics areas as critical for the future prosperity of both nations.

Professor Scott will spend four weeks at UNE in July 2015 where she will work closely with academics across UNE’s Schools.