Nasar U. Ahmed, associate professor and founding chairman of the departments of epidemiology and biostatistics of FIU's Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to work with international institutions to prepare for global health and sustainable development.
“While teaching at FIU, I’ve spoken to my mother who always urged me to not forget my roots and to always give back to the people who are most in need,” said Ahmed. “Her words have been my motivation and have driven me to support nations in need through education and research of local innovation. It is an honor to be selected as a US Fulbright Scholar, as it will help make my mission a reality for Bangladesh.”
As a Fulbright Scholar, Ahmed will work with several universities in Bangladesh, including Daffodil International University, Bangladesh Health Science University, Dhaka University, and Jahangirnagar University, to enhance their public health curricula, assist in the development of doctoral programs, and create more health research opportunities.
The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.
The purpose of Fulbright Scholars is to engage in public diplomacy to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries by demonstrating the educational interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the U.S. and other nations, and the contributions being made toward a peaceful and more fruitful life for people throughout the world.
Fulbright alumni include 63 Nobel laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 78 MacArthur Fellows.