Sharmila Udyavar named associate director of global education at UNC

In his new role as Deputy Director for Global Education in the office of Deputy Vice-Rector for Global Affairs Sharmila Udyavar looks forward to preparing UNC students for the global professional world. She began her appointment in January.

“It was a very strong, competitive pool of candidates,” said Heather Ward, vice vice president of global affairs. Fayetteville University. “

Udyavar said she spent years at BSU works with students on partnership and study abroad. But she realized it was time to change.

She plans to focus on preparing students for careers in diplomacy in international affairs in her role at UNC.

“I am very excited about the need for every student to gain a global experience,” Udjavar said. “I think Carolina has the resources, commitment and focus to help me ensure that.”

The Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs is working to provide a “global guarantee” – UNC’s commitment to making global education accessible to every student. In his position, Udyavar will support this promise of the university by overseeing a joint international learning program online.

COIL is a virtual exchange between faculty and students around the world that can be implemented in a variety of curricula. Udyavar said that COIL is something that UNC can give to all students, especially those who cannot study abroad.

And Udyavar is familiar in the international educational space. She said she used the virtual exchange model when she connected her BSU sociology course to Chinese language classes in China via Zoom. Chinese students talked to American students about social issues in English, and American students learned about society in China.

“It often leads to really strange friendships,” Udyavar said.

Ward said UNC has nearly 50 COIL courses. In total, Ward said about 1,300 UNC students are enrolled in COIL courses.

“COIL students sometimes have to deal with the same issues as traditional study abroad,” Ward said. “That is, language differences, cultural differences, historical differences, time differences and different academic expectations in the classroom.”

Students can enroll in a COIL course using the COIL tag on ConnectCarolina, starting with the next enrollment cycle, Ward said, and will be able to earn a general credit-based experience for some courses.

Udyavar will also help with the Diplomatic Initiative. Led by Deputy Vice-Rector for Global Affairs and Director-General for International Affairs Barbara Stevenson, its goal is to connect students interested in diplomatic professions with senior foreign affairs teachers.

“We are excited to welcome Sharmila to our team, and I am particularly pleased to use her expertise in developing student-centered programs as part of the Diplomacy Initiative,” Stevenson said in an email. , we will be able to build a cohesive program that will help students develop the skills and knowledge needed to be thoughtful and informed world leaders. ”

Udyavar said the Diplomatic Initiative is now taking people with outstanding diplomatic careers to talk to students about careers in diplomacy, international relations or national security. She said an ambassador would arrive at the UNC on Tuesday through the Diplomacy Initiative.

Through his work at OVGPA, Udjavar wants students to seek a global experience.

“That’s where I want our students to be,” she said. – I want them to be hungry to know the world, to be able to travel – because the world has so much to offer. And you know, it’s a very busy life when a student can travel and get that experience. So that’s my goal. And it’s like my dream. “

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