Alumni Impact: Fernanda Teresinha da Silva

This blog post was originally published on FIUTS, through their Alumni Impact social media campaign to recognize the work being done by exchange alumni all around the world. The author is Fernanda Teresinha da Silva who was a 2019 SUSI alumni from Brazil.  I’m Fernanda Teresinha da Silva from Brazil and I participated in the SUSI on Youth, Education and Closing Skills Gap 2019. Through the program, I feel like I advanced my understanding of humanity, my knowledge of my own potential and my outlook on my mission as an engineer and as part of the technological revolution that...

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SUSI Spotlight: A Disability-Inclusive Response to COVID-19

This blog post was contributed by Rowena Dinah Koloi is a 2020 Study of the US Institutes (SUSI) alumn representing Bostwana on the topic of civic engagement for young African global leaders. She is a highly motivated young woman who has seen the beauty of life with one eye (visually impaired). A final year student at BA Lisago University, studying Bachelor of Commerce in real estate. She is also a published author of a motivational book titled “A Walk to Remember”. It is a record of her life journey events as a person who was able to live beyond...

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The Good Doctor of Egypt

This blog post was contributed by Mohammed Hassan who is a 2019 alum of the Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) and an Egyptian citizen.  Being a medical student in Egypt wasn’t as promising as I thought it would be. The journey is frustrating for most students. However, something changed my mind and gave me the hope and motivation to follow my dream to become a good doctor. Many doctors in Egypt work in poor places with unsafe working conditions. Despite what is normally seen as a profitable profession, Egyptian doctors have the lowest salary in the country, and one...

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Raising Educational Awareness & Literacy Rates in Bangladesh: SUSI Alumni Create Change

This post is part of a recurring series about alumni of the Study of U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders for Public Policy and Government Leadership Program (SUSI) that is run by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Meridian International Center. For other posts about progress SUSI alumni are making in their communities, click here. Thanks to governmental reforms, education in Bangladesh has continued to improve over the past ten years. However, this uplifting progress comes with some disheartening figures: according to a World Bank report, in 2004 almost 1.5 million students were not...

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SUSI Alumni Making Changes: Olivier Senat

This post is part of a recurring series about alumni of the Study of U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders for Public Policy and Government Leadership Program (SUSI) that is run by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Meridian International Center. For other posts about progress SUSI alumni are making in their communities, click here. Continue