UR Dean of International Education Awarded Fulbright Funding to Travel to Japan This Summer

April 18, 2019

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Martha L. Merritt, dean of international education at University of Richmond, has received a Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar Award to travel to Japan this June.

Merritt will spend two weeks in Japan visiting universities, colleges, and cultural organizations and touring historical and cultural sites in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. Her discussions with faculty, government officials, and leading educational experts at Japan’s public and private institutions are intended to develop cross-continental connections between the University of Richmond and partners in Japan.

“I am gratified to have received a Fulbright award in keeping with UR’s growing desire and need to engage with Asia,” said Merritt. “This is a timely and much appreciated opportunity to visit and, with the advice of UR’s experts on the country, think about ways to engage with this important country during Asia Week.”

Merritt’s travels will influence the programming for University of Richmond’s 2019 celebration of International Education Week. This year’s programming theme will celebrate Asian culture and is slated to take place November 11-15.

Since joining UR in 2015, Merritt has worked with faculty, staff, and students to deepen and extend the university’s web of relationships both domestically and internationally.

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Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural, and higher education systems of other countries.