Marian University hosts Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Sunji Cui

by Julie Adams | Nov 27, 2012
Marian University has been selected to host a Fulbright Scholar from China as part of the Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies. Posted by Julie Adams
Marian University has been selected to host a Fulbright Scholar from China as part of The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies. Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Sunji Cui, Ph.D. (SHUN-tshee Tswee), an expert in international relations at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, was awarded the Fulbright grant by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Dr. Cui, Marian University’s first Fulbright scholar-in-residence, will help to further internationalize the university and The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies by teaching courses in the Global Studies curriculum, assisting the university with developing study abroad opportunities in China, and engaging with the central Indiana community. On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, she will present the first lecture of the 2012-13 Global Studies Speaker Series, entitled United States-China Relations: Creative Thinking for Common Challenges. As with all Global Studies Speaker Series events, this lecture will be free and open to the public and will be held in the Marian University Theatre at 7 p.m. on the Marian University campus. “We are honored to welcome Dr. Shunji Cui to the Marian University community and The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies this year,” said Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener. “I’m confident her expertise and guidance will enhance our already outstanding global studies program, and our students, faculty, and staff will benefit tremendously from her leadership.” Cui is one of approximately 850 outstanding foreign faculty and professionals who will teach and/or research in the United States through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program in 2012-13. The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program brings scholars and professionals from abroad to U.S. colleges and universities to significantly internationalize campuses and curricula. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 310,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty-three Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 81 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Rita Dove, former U.S. Poet Laureate and 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry recipient; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Jonathan Franzen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect. Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit our web site at or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202.632.3241 or

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