Tajiki Student at SIT Presents on International Student Recruitment at NYU Conference

by Bakhtiyor Isoev and Heather Beard

SIT MA in International Education student Bakhtiyor Isoev delivered a presentation at the 7th Annual International Education Conference held on March 29–30, 2012, at New York University in New York City. His presentation was titled “Strategic International Education Lens: Recruiting, Selecting, Training, and Retaining the Right Students and Scholars.” An international student from Tajikistan, Isoev is also a Fulbright Foreign Student Program Fellow (2011–2013).

Entitled “Advancing Global Education in Austere Times,” the conference was organized by the International Education department at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

In his presentation, Isoev addressed various strategies for recruiting, selecting, training, and retaining strategic students and scholars for US government–funded exchange programs, such as the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, the Fulbright Program, the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, and other exchange programs available for citizens of Tajikistan. He also argued that Central Asia—in particular Tajikistan—is of strategic importance to the US government and its development assistance programs because of the region’s geographic location.

The conference was attended by graduate students completing master’s degrees and PhDs in the United States within the fields of education, both comparative education and international and global education.

Topics presented by other attendees included:

• “Active Participation in International Development Education Programming,” presented by Daniel Munier, New York University;
• “Internationalizing US community colleges—Where are we now and how can we move forward?” presented by Chenyu Wang, University of Maryland; and
• “Madrasa Aliya—Encompassing religion and modernity in higher education,” presented by Mika Abdullaeva, an SIT alumna from Uzbekistan currently studying at University of Massachusetts.

Isoev is currently completing a master’s degree in international education at SIT, where he is learning how to design, deliver, and evaluate international educational exchange and training programs. He says, “I envision myself somewhere at the Ministry of Education in Tajikistan at some point in my career, and I am taking each and every opportunity to have a meaningful Fulbright experience in the US, which is helping me reach the career goals SIT is preparing me to meet.”

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