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Kessia Cericola is an Ohio State Moritz College Of Law alumna, Columbus Attorney, and Chair Of The GCSCI Curitiba Committee.

I moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2008 right after I finished my Bachelor of Law and passed the Brazilian Bar exam. I decided to go back to school in 2011, when I applied to the LL.M. program at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. As an LL.M. student, I had the opportunity to meet students from many different countries, and I learned as much with them as I learned in the classroom. After I graduated, I decided to fulfill the requirements to sit for the Ohio Bar. Once the Supreme Court of Ohio approved my education, I studied day and night to pass the test. Thankfully I passed. The support and encouragement that I received from my friends, family and mentors – in special from Jim Lewis, co-chair of the Moritz LL.M. Council, were essential during that time.

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Program Manager Amanda Yusko and Immigration Coordinator Camila LeMaster Esquivel of the Office of International Affairs each received prestigious awards at this year’s NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Regional Conference for Region VI, which consists of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Yusko took home the 2017 George Hertrich Advocacy Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership and scholarship. To be nominated for this award, contenders must be active in NAFSA, exhibit a disposition to assist other colleagues and advocate the cause of international education.

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IMG 1816The Global Gateways received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to provide intercultural training and overseas opportunities for undergraduate students at The Ohio State University.

The Global Gateways, in collaboration with the East Asian Studies Center, are currently accepting applications from students to participate in a Global Leadership Academy at Wuhan University in Wuhan, China. Interested students will be tasked to design a project for student leadership development and implement this project during May and June with a cohort of eight to 10 student leaders each from Ohio State and Wuhan University in Wuhan, China.

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IMG 4166The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Dean Anil K. Makhija and Professor Dan Oglevee visited Shanghai Caohejing Hi-Tech Park Innovation Club and met with Haofeng Lai, general manager of Shanghai Caohejing Hi-tech Park Innovation Center and the president of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation Asia Pacific Division on October 26. The China Gateway facilitated the visit.

FullSizeRenderSenior Director of Advancement Kathy Chase and Director of the China Gateway Phoebe You were invited by the Ohio State Taiwan Alumni Club to meet with Secretary General of Taiwan Jau-shieh Joseph Wu on October 18.

Wu earned his doctorate degree in political science at Ohio State in 1989 and taught at Ohio State before his return to Taiwan as a scholar and researcher in his early career. Currently he serves as Taiwan Representative to the United States.

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) will soon introduce a new software system, iBuckeye, which will enhance services for international students, scholars and departments. With this new system, students and scholars will be able to upload documents, submit forms and make requests electronically to our office making most requests paperless and less time consuming.

iBuckeye is scheduled for implementation on December 6, and additional functionality will be rolled out in phases. Updates will be provided regarding the phases as they are implemented.

During the initial phase of data migration and installation, which will be November 30 – December 5, in-person advising will be unavailable and responses to email and phone calls may be significantly delayed.

Additionally, due to the change in software systems, departmental requests to OIA via the Scholar Center will end on November 22.  As a result, department representatives compiling materials for J-1 scholars and H-1B employees must complete and submit all the case materials through the Scholar Center by November 22, or start the case again in iBuckeye after December 6.

Trainings for departmental representatives to gain access and learn how to submit J-1 and H-1B cases through iBuckeye will be offered November 13 and 15.  More information will be forthcoming about how to register for one of these sessions. 

We appreciate your patience as we undergo these software changes and become fully operational under iBuckeye.

WhatsApp Image 2017 10 15 at 2.26.45 AMThe Ohio State University recently hosted Sujata Saunik, principal secretary of the Public Health Department, Finance Department and government of Maharashtra on October 13, 2017. Saunik was working in India independently and through UNICEF and was interested in learning more about Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital, brain and spine hospital, radiation oncology, the College of Nursing and the department of Microbiology.

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The China Gateway recently released the summary of its 2017 annual report.

The office continues to succeed in the three key function areas, including faculty support, student engagement and service, and alumni engagement. From the expansion of student services to multiple career fairs and the development of new programs such as evidence-based training for nurses and an education leadership program for teachers, the China Gateway excelled in 2017.

Read the 2017 annual report summary.

Dr. Ward with TMTC TATAPeter Ward, senior associate dean for management and director of the Center for Operational Excellence in the Fisher College of Business, and Aravind Chandrasekaran, associate professor of operations and associate director of the Center for Operational Excellence, recently traveled to Mumbai and Pune to discuss a dual degree certificate program with various multinational industrial giants of Indian origin or with operations in India. The presentation was followed by key meetings with companies such as Tata, Mahindra, John Deere, Bharat Forge, Kotak Bank, Marico, Motilal Oswal, TMTC, Mastek, India Steel, Orange, Godrej, Bharat Forge, MIT and BASF- We Create Chemistry.

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DSC 0377The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) is accepting nominations for the 2018 Insight into Diversity Global Engagement Scholarships.

The goal of the $2,500 scholarship is to encourage global engagement among underrepresented and diverse students whose backgrounds represent a broad cross section of our society including students with disabilities, different race and ethnic populations, religious backgrounds, LGTBQIA, first generation students, students from rural or isolated areas and students with low socio-economic status.

Preference will be given to students from the United States who have not traveled or studied abroad previously. Application deadline is October 31.

These scholarships will be presented by Insight into Diversity at NADOHE’s Annual Conference Awards Ceremony March 9, 2018, in Washington D.C.

Apply for the Insight into Diversity Global Engagement Scholarship. Applications can be submitted via email to info@nadohe.org.