For release: May 27, 2011
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Rebecca Laumann, director of the Study Abroad program at the University of Memphis’
Center for International Programs and Services, was one of only 10 participants selected
to attend the Fulbright-sponsored International Education Seminar for Administrators
in India earlier this spring. It was the first Fulbright IEA seminar to meet in India. The educators visited New
Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkatta, where they studied the Indian educational system and
learned about opportunities for collaboration and exchange in India.
“The Fulbright Nehru-IEA seminar on higher education in India was an unforgettable
professional development experience,” Laumann said. “It gave me an opportunity to obtain first-hand knowledge of the diversity, complexity,
and dynamic nature of India. We visited more than 15 universities and colleges. Our
hosts were very welcoming, and they provided us with informative presentations on
India's educational system. The students we met inspired us with their love for learning.
“The University of Memphis currently has a partnership with Manipal University and
Alliance University. I am looking forward to working with U of M faculty to create more opportunities for
students and faculty to study or conduct research in India.”
Since coming to work at the University of Memphis, Laumann has expanded the number
and variety of exchange programs and actively encouraged a greater number of students
to study abroad. As a result, new programs have been initiated in Costa Rica, Japan,
China, Turkey, and Ghana.
Before joining the U of M she was a project coordinator at the James S. Coleman African
Studies Center at UCLA. In that capacity, Laumann administered the Uongozi Institute,
a collaborative project between UCLA, the University of Dar es Salaam, the University
of Nairobi, and Makerere University. The primary focus of the Institute was the Uongozi
Leadership School, an intensive summer seminar in which students from North America
and East Africa interacted with each another as well as with African leaders and scholars,
with the goal of fostering civic and intellectual leadership qualities among the participants.
Laumann is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and was
a founding member of the Tennessee Conference for International Leadership. She is
the recipient of several grants related to international education.
Laumann earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University
of Ghana and her juris doctorate (law degree) from the University of Memphis.