Arcadia University’s College of Global Studies Sponsors Fulbright Schuman Scholar Maria Gomez-Ortueta

Glenside, PA—Feb. 21, 2012—Arcadia University’s College of Global Studies is delighted to sponsor Fulbright Schuman Scholar Maria Gomez-Ortueta, who will be joining us until mid-June. Ms. Gomez-Ortueta is the head of the International Office at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain which has been The College’s partner for its Toledo Program since the 2009 Transatlantic Dialogue organized by European Association for International Education (EAIE).

Ms. Gomez-Ortueta was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for her project, which focuses upon bringing European and US institutions of higher education closer together. She will be conducting research into internationalization processes at US institutions and comparing US and European office structures in international education. She will also be attending conferences and writing articles for publication and hopes to develop new ideas for academic collaboration between US and European universities.

Ms. Gomez-Ortueta’s impressive work with Professor Harriet Turner of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in developing the Harold E. Spencer Exchange Program in Teacher Education has won international acclaim. In 2011 the Institute of International Education (IIE) awarded the program the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education, recognizing the program as a best practice model in international partnerships among cooperating U.S.-Spain academic programs.

The Fulbright program combines intensive immersion in the language and culture of the host country with academic research and scholarly activity, and aims to strengthen cross-cultural ties between the U.S. and partner countries.

The College of Global Studies extends a warm welcome to Ms. Gomez-Ortueta and looks forward to an exciting period of research and innovation.

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report names Arcadia University a top leader in undergraduate students studying abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program 7th in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (www.arcadia.edu)