Professor John Leslie, KSU Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and one of the founders of the KSU Australian Fulbright Initiatives /Oz to Oz program discusses topics with Amy Salapak, Senior Lawyer and Fulbright Scholar from Australia in a KSU College of Business Administration class.
Kansas State University
Australian Initiative and Oz-to-Oz Program
Kansas State University set up its 2-part Australia Initiative and Oz-to-Oz Program in 2014 to build closer ties with Australia and promote international research collaboration. The core of the program is the relationship with the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, the bilateral organization that promotes collaboration and exchange between the two countries through the U.S. Government’s Fulbright Program. Internationalization is a key part of Kansas State’s strategic vision and the relationships that the university has built through this partnership program allows students and faculty to benefit from enhanced global opportunities.
Kansas State brings established scholars to campus every year for six-month research opportunities through its Fulbright Distinguished Chairs and Fulbright Senior Scholars, both of whom are selected by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and Kansas State. The Distinguished Chair works in the College of Agriculture, sharing their expertise and drawing on Kansas State’s strength in agriculture and life science. The Senior Scholar can come from any discipline and works to internationalize other parts of the campus.
The Oz-to-Oz Program invites Australians who have already received Fulbright awards to the United States to come to Manhattan, KS for short-term visits. These scholars from many disciplines meet and interact with students, faculty, administrators and community members, building mutual understanding and further internationalizing the campus. In addition to 12 Fulbright Distinguished Chairs and Senior Scholars, 40 Oz-to-Oz visitors have come to campus through the program.
Both programs have support at the highest levels. “We are thrilled that this program plays a significant role in elevating the level of international awareness on our campus, said Kansas State University President, General Richard B. Myers. Ambassador Thomas Dougherty, Executive Director of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission continued, “Kansas State is a leading academic partner in the Australian government consortium of academic institutions and industrial partners examining major animal health, agricultural science, and ecology-related issues affecting Australia, the U.S. and the world.”