PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College has earned the distinction of being chosen by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education, to participate in the internationally-recognized Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program for the 2012-13 academic year. This marks the first time that the academic institution has received the prestigious honor.
As part of the international program, Farzona Rahimova, a native of Sughd, Tajikistan, will serve as the College’s Fulbright Scholar and share her knowledge and expertise with employees and students in the School of Business during the Fall and Spring semesters on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Additionally, she will assist in developing new business courses with an international focus and serve as a guest lecturer in several other academic disciplines such as geography, political science, history, economics, sociology and international studies. Rahimova, who will reside in Perrysburg, also will assist Owens faculty in assessing their courses from a global perspective.
“Owens Community College is honored to be selected as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program participant,” said Deborah Gavlik, Owens Director of International Programs and Services. “We are proud to welcome Farzona Rahimova to the United States and Owens Community College as the school’s first Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and look forward to engaging both the campus community and the surrounding communities as we share learning and experiences globally.”
Rahimova most recently served as Branch Manager at Habitat for Humanity Tijikistan where she has provided leadership in the construction of 17 new home build projects, repaired more than 70 semi-built houses and provided technical assistance for more than 1,200 families in Sughd. One of her direct responsibilities at Habitat for Humanity Tajikistan is to manage the training unit, which includes the development and coordination of vocational construction training. In addition to her role with Habitat, Rahimova has provided training on HIV prevention and financial education for migrant families.
Her passion and advocacy for education includes involvement in the development of business education and entrepreneurship for families headed by women. As a result, Rahimova joined Junior Achievement Tajikistan and developed school curricula on applied economics for schools with the Junior Achievement program. She also worked on the translation and adaptation of a “Global Business Ethics” textbook and teacher guide. Additionally, Rahimova served as a part-time business trainer at the National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan, providing start-up business planning for women.
Rahimova has taught at the Institute of Trade and Economy in Khujand. Among the academic courses in which she has provided her expertise are economic geography, small business management, business planning and international economic relations. Her course in international economic relations was taught in the English language. Rahimova’s educational background also includes participating in an internship program at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she obtained knowledge about innovative, interactive and student-centered methods of teaching.
For more than 60 years, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars has helped administer the Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government’s flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence participants teach primarily at the undergraduate level in world area studies courses/programs, interdisciplinary courses/programs that focus on global issues or courses where participation of a visiting scholarship can provide a cross-cultural or international perspective. Program participants also participate in a variety of campus and community activities aimed at strengthening the international programs and perspectives of institutions of higher education and the community. Approximately 50 grants are awarded annually as part of the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program.
Owens’ Office of International Programs and Services is committed to providing experiential learning opportunities to international students from around the globe. This past Spring Semester, 107 students from 32 countries pursued higher education at Owens. Countries represented in Owens’ international student enrollment were Kenya, Egypt, China, India, Venezuela, Brazil, Columbia, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and South Korea, among others.
Additionally, in the past several years, the College’s International Programs and Services has established several new study abroad educational opportunities for Owens students in such countries as China, Peru and Greece. Furthermore, eight students are attending Owens this fall term through the Community Colleges for International Development, which is supported through the U.S. Department of State.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.