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Minting new Payson PhDs

Dec
02

One of the great satisfactions of my job is watching people move successfully through their degrees to completion. There is no greater degree challenge, of course, than researching, writing and defending a doctoral dissertation. I am pleased to report that last week two more Payson doctoral candidates successfully defended their dissertations.

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The view from São Paulo

Nov
06

I find myself in São Paulo because I was asked to participate in the Second Annual Seminar on "Dialogue Among Judges", hosted by the Mackenzie Presbyterian University, one of this capital city's very best private universities.

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Goodbye and good wishes to our colleague and graduate Kelly Jones

Oct
30

This week is bittersweet for many of us in the university as we bid farewell and best wishes to our collaborator, colleague and former student Kelly Jones. Kelly, a Spring 2013 of the Payson International Development Master's program, has also for the last two years been the Program Coordinator for Tulane's Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), a frequent Payson collaborator.

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A week of thinking about how we live: from the skyscrapers of Kuwait, to green housing in Guatemala to the world's slums

Oct
24

It has been a busy week at the Payson Center. We began the week with two outstanding lectures. The first, entitled Losing and Restoring a Right to the City: Kuwait's Urban Development Between 1950 and 2014 was delivered by Dr.

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Assessment of national higher education and research capacity in Panama

Oct
21

The Payson Center is currently involved in an innovative and much needed research project for the Government of Panama. Funded by Panama's National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) and led by Dr.

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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 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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