American University in Cairo honours UN staffer killed in Baghdad terror attack

The Fund “will honour her legacy by supporting education and opportunity for countless students from her country and the region,” said Nagwa Shoeb, a spokesperson for the University, which hopes to raise $300,000 for the initiative.In another tribute to Ms. Younes, an Egyptian national, the school has designated The Nadia Younes Conference and Meeting Room in the Model United Nations Centre. It will serve as the focal point for the students to prepare for Cairo International Model United Nations, which Ms. Shoeb called the University’s “most sought-after activity.”Ms. Younes, who had taken courses at the American University in Cairo, joined the UN in 1969, eventually working as Deputy Spokeswoman for then Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar. She also headed the UN Information Office in Rome, worked as Chief of Protocol in New York, and led the UN’s communication team in Kosovo. At the time of her death, she was officially posted to a top-level job at the World Health Organization (WHO).In Baghdad, she was on what was supposed to be a four-month posting as a senior aide to Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top UN envoy in Iraq, who was also killed in the blast.The Nadia Younes Annual Lecture will also be created and endowed with the resources to invite accomplished international leaders to address the University. In addition, The Nadia Younes Award for Public and Humanitarian Service will be established, allowing the University to recognize and reward the graduating senior who has exhibited the most commitment to community and humanitarian service. “This award will be an exceptional tribute to Mrs. Younes’ service as well as to the student who has achieved this honour,” Ms. Shoeb explained.Addressing the University last week, Nadia’s brother, Fouad Younes, voiced gratitude for the initiative. “We are convinced that it is the most appropriate manner in which to continue to honour Nadia’s memory so that it may serve as a lasting example to today and tomorrow’s students of what a hard working life dedicated to the United Nations can achieve,” he said.In New York, a spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed the Fund’s establishment, saying it was a fitting tribute to an extraordinary staff member who contributed significantly to the cause of peace, even at the cost of her own life. read more

Brock welcomes the world

Rafet Aktas of Turkey is one of several visiting scholars at Brock University. Rafet Aktas has high praise for Niagara.The accounting professor from Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara, Turkey, arrived at Brock nearly six months ago with equally high hopes for the time he would spend at the University as a visiting international scholar until March 2013.After all, a colleague of his in Turkey, who had also been a visiting scholar, told him how great a time he had at Brock expanding his academic experiences.“He told me lots of great things and that people are friendly. That’s why I came to Brock University first,” Aktas said. “I found lots of strong information (on the website), I contacted the professor and I got this great opportunity.”Aktas will work with fellow accounting professor Fayaz Elayan doing research on the impact of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform while he’s at Brock.“Rafet is a hard-working and intelligent individual with good experience in the financial sector and financial performance evaluation,” Elayan said. “His research experience will contribute and enhance the quality of our research.”Aktas was one of 22 visiting international professors, scholars and mentorship participants from 12 different countries who were honoured along with their academic hosts at a recent ‘We Welcome the World’ reception at Pond Inlet. Program participants stay at Brock from as little as three weeks to up to one year, working with faculty, staff and students on campus.In addition to helping Elayan with research, Aktas will be spending as much time in undergraduate and graduate studies classes, learning new teaching methods to take home with him.“I want to improve the education system in my country,” Aktas said. “Observing the teaching methods, especially with the graduate and undergraduate students, I compare my country’s style with this style. I want to improve my teaching style and English.”About 400 international academics have come to Brock since 2000.Sheila Young, director of Brock International, said connections are often made between Brock faculty and scholars around the world at conferences.Some visiting professors come to teach courses here or pursue work with a particular faculty member or department at Brock and are usually invited if there is interest and availability. In many cases, the program participant’s home university or government will support their travels abroad.“It’s seen as quite prestigious and good for their careers to go to other places,” Young explained. “After spending a year abroad, they may It bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to their courses and campus. Their collaborative research undertaken while here also contributes to the internationalization of Brock.”The program helps Brock become known elsewhere in the world as well, she added. Participants often return home and promote the experience to their colleagues or encourage their students interested in studying abroad to come here.“They go back and they’re a Brock ambassador.”Current visiting international professors (VIP), scholars (VIS) and mentorship participants (UM) and their host departments:Mohammed Ayad (VIP), Universite du Littoral, France. MathematicsRoman Popovych Omerlyanovych (VIP), Wolfgang Pauli Institute, Austria. MathematicsSergio Alatorre-Santamaria (VIS), Canadian Bureau for International Education, Mexico. Chemistry.Rafet Aktas (VIS), Yildirim Beyazit University, Turkey. Accounting.Lisha Chen (VIS), Beijing Forestry University, China. Faculty of Education.Robin Kramer (VIS), Bangor University, Gwynedd, U.K., Psychology.Xiaolan Luo (VIS), Xinzhou Teacher’s University, China. Confucius Institute.Nicole Nelson (VIS), Boston College, USA. Psychology.Takuya Sato (VIS), Chuo University, Japan. Sociology.Shuming Wang (VIS), Xinjiang University of Finance and Economics, China. Accounting.Minfen Ye (VIS), Minjiang University, China. Confucius Institute.Jinshan Zhang (VIS), Jilin University, China. Marketing, International Business and Strategy.Iris Broekhuizen (UM), Vrye Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands. Kinesiology.Emna Chalouati (UM), University of Manouba, Tunisia. Accounting.Rym Frini (UM), University of Manouba, Tunisia. Accounting.Yuki Fujiwara (UM), Kobe University, Japan. Computer Science.Mariem Khalifa (UM), University of Manouba, Tunisia. Accounting.Valentina Proietti (UM), University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Psychology.Tamara Zwaan (UM), Vrye Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands. Kinesiology.Yasheng Wulamu (VIS), Xinjiang University of Finance and Economics, China. AccountingEmmena Paulus (UM), Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname, Suriname. Political ScienceMasami Asakawa (VIS), Sapporo Gakuin University, Japan, Sociology read more