Lan Guo and Nazgul Abdukarimova Named Fulbright Fellowship Recipients at Mount Union College

April 13, 2010

Lan Guo continues last year's successful enrollment in elementary Chinese courses, with a one year grant from the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program to continue Chinese language classes for Mount Union students and is joined by Nazgul Abdukarimova who will begin the College's initial offering of the Russian language.

Pictured L-R: Lan Guo and Nazgul Abdukarimova

'It is a pleasure to come to Mount Union and have the opportunity to teach Chinese to the students,' said Guo. 'This will allow me to experience the communication between two cultures which I believe is very important.'

In addition, Abdukarimova, of Bishkel, Kyrgstan has begun Mount Union's initial offering of the Russian language, instructing elementary Russian courses, also through the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program.

The program, which is organized through the Fulbright Commission and funded by the U.S. government, gives opportunities for young teachers or graduate students to participate in a direct exchange program, teaching languages such as Chinese and Russian at U.S. universities and colleges. The Fulbright program not only provides positive results to the host institution but also the educator.

'I am very happy to be chosen as a Fulbright Fellow,' said Abdukarimova. 'My Russian students are very hard working and I am excited for the opportunity to take language classes like French and German.'

At her university in Kyrgstan, Abdukarimova helped initiate a government program of academic integrity in which he served as a project leader for two years, studying communication among institutions including American high schools, universities and colleges. The participants, who were named the International Visitors of the U.S.A. traveled to New York, NY, Washington, DC and California among other American cities last year.

Guo received a bachelor of arts degree in English education at Hainan Normal University in Haikou Hainan, China. She received a master of arts degree in linguistics at the Guangdong University of Foreign Ftudies in Guangzou, China.

Abdukarimova received a bachelor of arts degree in English and a master of arts degree in English literature from Jalalabat State University in Jalalabat, Kyrgstan.

'Having both Chinese and Russian courses offered at Mount Union makes us a more important and distinctive College to those to which we compare,' said Dr. Frank Triplett, professor of foreign languages and director of international programs, as well as the coordinator of the Fulbright Initiative at Mount Union. 'For a small liberal arts college to offer courses in critical languages such as Chinese and Russian, as well as four international language majors including Japanese, Spanish, French and German, we hope prospective students can realize the political significance and importance languages have in world affairs.'

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