UNCW Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs Michael Wilhelm Receives Fulbright Award

Monday, April 12, 2021

UNCW Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs Michael Wilhelm has been awarded a Fulbright for an International Education Administrators Seminar in Taiwan, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently announced.

The seminar's focus will be to help international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with their counterparts and higher education systems of other countries.

“I will have the opportunity to learn about the Taiwanese education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two-week grant duration,” said Wilhelm. “I anticipate returning with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students. In the past, I have spent a lot of time in Asia working in institutional partnership development, student recruitment activities and alumni relations, and I am eager to return to the region on the Fulbright program.”

Wilhelm will visit with a cross-section of universities and colleges; attend briefings with faculty and administration, government officials and leading educational experts at public and private institutions; and tour historical and cultural sites. Because of the pandemic and the strict quarantine requirements to enter Taiwan, the IEA seminar will take place early in the spring semester of 2022, said Wilhelm.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Wilhelm will share knowledge and foster meaningful connections across communities in the United States and Taiwan. Scholars expand their professional networks, often continuing collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions.

“With an increasing demand among UNCW students for experiences abroad driven by unique locations and critical language study, developing relationships with key higher education institutions will benefit UNCW students and faculty as we continue to expand the UNCW global footprint in Asia,” said Wilhelm.

The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to forge lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals. The 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.

--Venita Jenkins