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On November 30, forty alumni from the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program gathered for a network fundraising event hosted by the Philips Corporation in Moscow, Russia. The alumni were from the first years of the exchange program, 1994-2000. The master of ceremony for the event was FLEX alumna Marina Malykhina, who spent 1994-95 as an exchange student studying in Amity, Oregon. Today, Marina is a leading businesswoman and successful entrepreneur in Moscow presiding over the Magram Market Research Corporation and the Respublika sports clubs. She also hosts the popular Russian TV show “Capitalists.”
American Councils Moldova celebrated International Education Week with a seminar for Moldovan college students from major academic institutions, including the State University of Moldova, the Academy of Economic Studies, the Technical University of Moldova, and the Free International University.
For 20 years, Mrs. Gerda Gray has volunteered with American Councils to help evaluate prospective participant applications. Mrs. Gray makes the special, dedicated commitment to meticulously review applications for a number of U.S. Department of State-funded programs, including the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program, the American Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange (A-SMYLE), and the Youth Leadership Program with Azerbaijan (YLP). She has an unwavering passion to help others to access international education and overseas language immersion opportunities. When asked why she has made this commendable commitment, she said, “It enriches my life.” American Councils sat down with Mrs. Gray to hear her story.
On November 14, six alumni of the U.S.-Central Asia Enterprise Foundation (U.S.-CAEF) Fellowship Program were honored at a reception held on Capitol Hill. The reception was also an opportunity to recognize Sen. Richard Lugar, one of the architects of the legislation that established the Enterprise Funds across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union two decades ago. At the reception, Sen. Lugar expressed the importance of continuing to build a strong economic infrastructure in Central Asia through business education and other economic development initiatives in the region.
News from Amy Holter, Program Associate, Higher Education Programs On behalf of the National University of Science and Technology (MISIS) located in Moscow, Russia, American Councils administered a two-week professional development program for a delegation of seven MISIS administrators and faculty members. MISIS will redesign its curriculum and reorganize its student services as a result of its expansion onto a new campus in the suburbs of Moscow.