Daemen College to Host Visiting Fulbright Scholar

Scholar's visit to assist in Formally Developing Daemen Education Department's Exchange Program with Finland


June 14, 2013




Contacts:   Mike Andrei

                  Director-College Relations

                  (716) 839-8472



                  Josue Barrera

                  Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

                  (202) 632-6454

                  Email: ECA-Press@state.gov

Jyrki Loima

Daemen College has been selected to host a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence during the 2013-2014 academic year.


Jyrki Loima, a Fulbright Scholar coming to Daemen from Finland this fall was awarded the Fulbright grant by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.  Loima’s specialty is education.


“Daemen College welcomes Fulbright Scholar Jyrki Loima to the Daemen community,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.   


           “Daemen has international partnerships in research and education that include colleges and universities in China and Europe. Globalization is an important component of a Daemen education and we are proud to be selected by the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program for the coming academic year.”


           The focus of the Fulbright Scholar's visit is to assist Daemen in formally developing the Education Department's exchange program with Finland and more broadly globalize the Daemen experience.


           In line with the College's strategic plan and the strategic plan of the Education Department, the scholar's visit will allow the Department to foster the global competency of its students and faculty by increasing global content in the curriculum; increasing participation in experiential learning opportunities; and continuing to expand cultural competency regarding students from international and other diverse backgrounds. 


           The Scholar will also build upon relationships created and projects envisioned within the Daemen and Buffalo communities when delegates from both communities traveled to Helsinki, Finland in September 2012.


           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.


           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 318,000 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 recipients are among more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year.  


           For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit our website at http://eca.state.gov/fulbright or contact Josue Barrera, telephone 202-632-6454 or e-mail ECA-Press@state.gov.


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