Blogs from the Field

Building educational capacity for the Panamanian workforce

Oct
17

A year ago, the Payson Center started its Panama Field Work Experience,  under the guidance of faculty member Dr. Nanette Svenson. The MS program is very much in keeping with Payson’s history as an applied global development center. Students study here, both online and in face-to-face classrooms sessions, and are awarded hard-to-get internships with UN agencies at the regional UN Hub. It is quite a special experience.

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Tulane and the Louisiana Trade Mission to Panama

Oct
14

This week I have the privilege of representing Tulane University at a State of Louisiana trade mission to the Central American nation of Panama. Panama and New Orleans have long and strong ties, not least because of the importance of the ports and in New Orleans and Panama City — and the associated commercial trade through the Panama Canal.

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Payson Panama Field Work Experience Students Explore the BioMuseo

Oct
05

The Payson students engaged this semester in the Panama Field Work ExperienceStephanie ManciagliSheriff Kora and Rummanul Ferdous, recently took the opportunity to discover Panama’s new BioMuseo in a pre-inaugural soft-opening tour and were among the first visitors to set foot in the finished exhibits of the museum.

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Payson Asked to Expand Educational Technology Work in Rwanda

Oct
03

In Rwanda, the Payson Center is very lucky to have as a partner, Instructional Technologist, Saurabh Kamalapurkar. Saurabh began working with the Tulane International LLC Rwanda Country Office in October 2013.

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Dr. Jeanine Condo, Payson alumna, making a difference in the public health of Rwanda

Oct
02

Last week’s visit to Rwanda made a great impression on me. It was deeply satisfying to see how much Payson has helped build there for so many years.  One of my most memorable meetings was with Jeanine Condo, the Deputy Dean of Research and Projects at The University of Rwanda-College of Medicine and Health Sciences-School of Public Health (SPH). Jeanine is a dynamic and intelligent woman with great ambitions for SPH in Rwanda. She is also a product of Tulane and Payson.

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A visit with Professor Silas Lwakabamba, the Rwandan Minister of Education

Sep
29

One of our last meetings in Rwanda last week was with Professor Silas Lwakabamba, the Rwandan Minister of Education. Payson has had a Rwanda office in Kigali through Tulane International LLC for 13 years and has been working there steadily for 15. Silas has been a longtime friend, supporter and collaborator in our projects. So I was very excited to meet him. I was not disappointed.

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Honoring Maggie Baingana-Kali, LLM for her dedication to Tulane International LLC in Rwanda

Sep
26

As I wrote yesterday, Payson has worked in Rwanda for 13 years. For at least a decade of that time, the mainstay of our office has been our Deputy Director, Maggie Baingana-Kali. Maggie‘s personal story mirrors that of much of modern Rwanda. One of 15 children, she, and her family, spent most of her childhood and young adulthood living with other Rwandan refugees in Uganda.

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Understanding the importance of "Context" at Tulane International LLC Rwanda

Sep
25

I am here in Kigali, Rwanda, to help oversee a transition. For 13 years — long before I knew of the Payson Center — Payson Center researchers, including Drs.

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Independent Study: Rural Water Boards in Panama

Sep
19

Below is an article about my experience with CATHALAC in the summer of 2014, a research NGO in Panama City, Panama that focuses on water and the environment. 

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