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William BrusteinWilliam I. Brustein, PhD, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs and professor of sociology, has accepted the position of vice president for global strategies and international affairs at West Virginia University. He will continue in his role at Ohio State until the end of August. A national search will be conducted for his replacement.

Brustein set the bar high and has been the visionary behind Ohio State's successful internationalization efforts. With recommendations by the President's and Provost's Council on Strategic Internationalization, and approval and support from the Board of Trustees and the Council of Deans, he implemented an innovative two-pronged approach that included a Gateway strategy and internationalizing the academic dimensions. 

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The June 2016 issue of the India Gateway News is now published and includes a special message from the director, Ratnesh Bhattacharya. This issue also features stories about the Fisher College of Business dean traveling to India, The Ohio State University further developing partnerships with the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, Ohio State advancing participation in the Skill India Initiative, the International Conference on Nanotechnology and STEM-ER and more. Learn more about the India Gateway and its efforts to internationalize Ohio State’s comprehensive range of activities in research, education and outreach.

Shelby PowersEight students from Ohio State have been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) that will enable them to travel abroad this summer for eight – 10 weeks of intensive foreign language study. The CLS program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

Shelby Powers, one of Ohio State’s scholarship awardees, will study Arabic at the Arab American Language Institute in Tangier, Morocco. “Receiving this scholarship had been my goal since I started studying Arabic my first semester of college,” she recently wrote in her blog. “I had applied for it in November of 2015 and got news in March of 2016, so it required a lot of patience and uncertainty on my part. Traveling without friends or family and living in a Moroccan home for two months will be far outside of my comfort zone, but also hugely beneficial not only to my Arabic abilities and cultural knowledge, but to my personal growth, adaptability and independence.”

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