BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will welcome two Fulbright Scholars to campus for the 2016-17 academic year. Wei Qu of the People’s Republic of China and Mohamed Ezouine of Morocco will serve as teaching assistants in Chinese and Arabic, through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program.
While at Bethany, they will take courses and share their language and culture with the community to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas, and make U.S. citizens better prepared to engage with businesses, governments, and organizations abroad.
Qu and Ezouine are two of nearly 400 young educators from 50 countries who will travel to the United States through the Fulbright FLTA Program to help internationalize U.S. colleges and universities. Recipients of the Fulbright FLTA grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership. Fulbright FLTA scholarships are awarded by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 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. Since 2001, more than 4,000 Fulbright awardees have been Fulbright FLTAs. Fulbright FLTA recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright FLTA Program is administered by the Institute of International Education. Bethany has had five previous Fulbright Scholars.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.