Meggan Ford, assistant dean for undergraduate academic affairs at George Mason University School of Business has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. International Education Administrators grant. Ford will travel to India to study higher education as part of the International Education Administrators Seminar this March, participating in site visits at several higher education institutions in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, and Delhi. Ford was one of only 12 individuals selected for this award.
The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, and is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.
“The purpose of the Fulbright in India is to provide administrators first-hand knowledge of the societal, cultural, and higher education systems in India,” says Ford. “We will have close interactions with counterparts at Indian institutions, exchange thoughts, ideas, and research and understand the current framework of government policy for higher education institutions in India.”
Ford says that the Fulbright award not only complements her work at Mason, but also supports her dissertation research, which focusses on the role of intercultural competence in transnational leaders at international branch campuses abroad.
“I look forward to the opportunity to travel to India, experience the culture, and visit various universities in India,” says Ford. “I am hopeful that there will be opportunities for the School of Business to create global exchange experiences to India for our students.”