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Call for nominations: 2014 Global Scholars Program: India

Nomination deadline: July 1, 2013

The MU Council on International Initiatives is pleased to announce the 2014 Global Scholars Program. This nationally recognized program is designed to support MU faculty members who seek to internationalize their teaching and research. Since its inception, over 150 faculty members across colleges and schools have participated. As a result, numerous research collaborations have begun, and dozens of courses have been modified — enhancing the learning experience of thousands of MU students each year.  In 2002, the Global Scholars Program received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Best Practices and Innovation in International Education from the Institute of International Education.

The Global Scholars Program is designed to: 1) expand faculty involvement in MU’s strategic international relationships; and 2) foster tangible new international collaborations for participants, including research grants or papers and/or teaching innovations.

Performance criteria for Global Scholars faculty

  1. Global scholars agree to participate in all scheduled program activities, including two brief pre-departure orientation sessions.
  2. Scholars submit a brief (1-2 pages) one year plan of work to pursue program objectives by Jan. 31, 2014. Plans should identify potential collaborator(s) from India and should describe expected outcomes and proposed action steps to complete this work. Scholars should submit their plans to their dean/director and to the director of the International Center.
  3. Scholars provide a brief report on action steps taken and revisions in expected outcomes from original plans of work. Progress reports are due by May 1, 2014.

Please note that the International Center does not accept or review applications directly from faculty. All nominations must come through the appropriate dean’s office. Space in this seminar is limited. To ensure fullest consideration, deans should forward their nominations to Jim Scott, director of the International Center, no later than July 1, 2013.

2014 Seminar: India (Dec. 27, 2013 – Jan. 15, 2014)

What?  A 15 day study tour of India to develop linkages for research, education, and outreach with counterparts in India and to develop a deeper cultural understanding of the rich Indian culture.

Why? With her vast population, increasing young English-speaking population, entrepreneurial spirit and rich cultural traditions, India is poised to provide a great opportunity for MU to expand and enhance research, teaching and outreach efforts. Furthermore, as India relaxes its policy on foreign direct investments, it becomes even more important for both MU students and faculty to better understand the power that India has on the world economy. Presently, India offers a broad range of possible research collaborations with MU faculty, including business, agriculture, the arts, architecture, religious studies, political studies, to name a few.  In addition, Missouri has important linkages with several universities and institutes in India.

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Participants will visit the following cities and universities.

  1. Bangalore (INFOSYS, a multinational provider of business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services (see many references in Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat).
  2. Mysore.
  3. Belgaum and Dharwad (Visweswaraya Technological University, University of Agricultural Sciences).
  4. Goa (Birla Institute of Technology and Science).
  5. Allahabad (SHIATS University).
  6. Varanasi and Saranath.
  7. Dehradun.
  8. Srinagar (Hemati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University).

Group will travel by bus, trains, and planes throughout India.  Some accommodations will be in hotels, others will be in university guest houses.

Post-travel option. Interested scholars may elect to stay a few days to participate in a quick “Golden Triangle Tour”—to include the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jaipur.  If there are interested people in this extra excursion, Jana Hawley will make arrangements for you to have that option at the traveler’s expense.


Jana Hawley is Chair of the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri. She was a Fulbright to India in 2007 and has since led study abroad programs to India with a focus on fair trade businesses. She has also done work in Guatemala, Thailand, Korea, China, Indonesia, El Salvador, Greece, Italy, England, and Canada. She has taught in the areas of global consumers, e-Commerce, Brand Management, and international trade. She has been recognized for several teaching awards including the prestigious Kemper Award for Excellence in teaching. She recently served as president of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) and still sits on the ITAA board. Hawley’s research focuses on sustainable practices for apparel companies.

Kattesh Katti is a Curators’ Professor of Radiology, Physics and Biological Engineering. Kattesh has over 25 years of professional experience as he has worked in three continents for professional training and academic careers in teaching and research in India, Germany (as a Alexander von Homboldt  Scholar), Canada and the US. Kattesh has led the University of Missouri delegation to India four times (2008-2012) to visit Universities and research organizations. He has been instrumental in signing memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the University of Missouri and the following organizations in India: Dayalbagh Educational Institute (DEI), Agra, India; SASTRA University, Tanjore, India; HNB Central University, Garewal, Srinagar, India; KLE Medical University, Belgium, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun; Sankara Netralya, Chennai; and Barwale Foundation, Jalna and many more. He is an internationally recognized leader in the application of nanotechnology for medicine and for consumer products development. He has won many national and international awards including ‘One of 25 Most Influential Scientists in the world award’ by Rt Image and ‘Father of Green Nanotechnology’ citation by the Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug.

For more information, contact Jim Scott at or by phone at 882-6007.

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