Texas Tech University Spring 2016

International Newsletter

The Discover Texas Tech series focuses on the Office of International Affairs

Texas Tech University is committed to internationalizing itself in every aspect. In no area is it more evident than through the efforts of the Office of International Affairs, which oversees international students arriving and studying at Texas Tech to domestic students wishing to broaden their educational horizons abroad to facilitating international research opportunities for faculty members. The Office of International Affairs strives to create a welcoming and appreciative environment for all backgrounds and cultures.

"We try to be a one-stop shop. Say 'international' at Texas Tech, it's the Office of International Affairs," said Tibor Nagy, vice provost for International Affairs. "For someone to succeed coming out of a university, they have to be globally competent and globally competitive. Texas Tech does a phenomenal job of that - preparing a student."

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Four Former US Ambassadors Speak at Texas Tech University

Four distinguished former U.S. ambassadors from the American Academy of Diplomacy came together at Texas Tech's International Cultural Center on March 7 to discuss U.S. interests in the fragmenting Middle East. Tech's Office of International Affairs, the Center for Global Understanding, and The CH Foundation hosted this forum. The purpose of the panel discussion was to provide intriguing foreign policy insight gained from the four ambassadors' more than 100 years of combined foreign service experience.

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K-12 Global Education Outreach division was selected for 2016 Paul Simon Award

Texas Tech University K-12 Global Education Outreach (GEO) division recently was selected as a 2016 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award recipient by NAFSA, the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange, for its internationalization efforts in primary education.

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Program Brings Agricultural Scholars from Developing Countries to Earn Doctorate Degrees

When he came to the Office of International Affairs (OIA) two years ago, Sukant Misra was part of a team with the goal of creating one integrated office that handled every aspect of Texas Tech University's global engagement in order to help comprehensively internationalize the campus. Having done just that, the OIA is growing in reputation throughout the world, and a sure sign of that is the growth of a program that brings scholars from developing countries to Texas Tech to complete a doctorate degree and help solve food security and availability issues in their native lands.

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TTU team wins grant to promote Engineering graduate programs in Ethiopia

An interdisciplinary team from Texas Tech University is one of three groups and the only American team to win a sizable international grant to increase engineering programs in Ethiopia.

Stephen Ekwaro-Osire, the associate dean of research and graduate programs in the Whitacre College of Engineering, is the principal investigator (PI) for the grant, which is funded by the German Agency for International Cooperation and administered by the British Council. The grant provides 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to create a center of excellence at Jimma Institute of Technology (JiT) affiliated with Jimma University in southwest Ethiopia as well as additional graduate programs at JiT and three other regional universities. The grant will focus on civil engineering and construction technology.

In addition to Ekwaro-Osire, the members of the team are Joseph Aranha (architecture), Tewodros Ghebrab (civil, environmental and construction engineering, or CECE), Dave Louis (education), Gad Perry (conservation biology), Sanjaya Senadheera (CECE) and Venkatesh Uddameri (CECE and director of the Water Resources Center). Other faculty members from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering may teach distance classes and act as mentors as well.

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TTU announces its first partnership with Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

This year, Texas Tech University signed an historic Letter of Intent with the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad. IIT Hyderabad is one of fifteen prestigious institutes established by the Government of India and this is TTU first partnership with these elite higher education institutes. IIT Hyderabad opened from a temporary campus in August of 2008 and will be the first among the new institutions to build its own permanent campus in Kandi Village of Medak District.

Texas Tech University takes great pride in this new partnership with hopes to establish greater collaborations of research and education with one of India's premier higher education institutions. IIT Hyderabad's short history of successes in quickly achieving prestigious ranking among top scientific and defense research institutions dates back to only 2008.

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Three Texas Tech University Students awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad

November 19, 2015 -- Raul Perez, Jr., Maria Munoz, and Bianca Barreto are among the approximately 800 American undergraduate students from 355 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the spring 2016 academic term. Perez will study abroad in Japan, Munoz in Brazil, and Barreto in Spain. Maria Tellez-Giron and Andree Ordaz were named as alternates.

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Alumni Focus: James Young, founder and owner of Abuelos restaurants

Mr. James Young, founder and owner of Abuelo's restaurants, is a classic American success story. Having worked at McDonald's while a graduate student at Texas Tech, he discovered that he really liked the restaurant business--so much so, in fact, that he left his graduate program in the summer of 1975 and rented a taco stand on 34th Street that had gone out of business. He turned the taco stand into a Chinese restaurant and made it a success. In 1988 he opened his first Abuelo's restaurant in Amarillo. Twenty-five years later, with 40 restaurants located in 14 states throughout the nation, more openings planned for the future, and around 3,000 employees, the success of Abuelo's has been a dream come true. That said, Young is quick to note that he did not act alone. He emphasizes that the dream was made possible by financial partners, investors, and a wonderful family of Abuelo's employees who have become friends and share-holders over the years.

Young was born in Taiwan to Chinese parents who fled to Taiwan in 1947 to escape communism and civil war. After receiving a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and completing two years of mandatory military service, Young was accepted to the electrical engineering master's program at Texas Tech in 1974. Margaret, the woman who would become his wife, was already studying at TTU.

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Office of International Affairs
601 Indiana Avenue
Box 45004
Lubbock, Texas 79409-5004
Phone: 806.742.3667

Jan 13, 2020