Project Statement


Dr. Shaimaa Abdelrehim
Khalaf Ahmed, Egypt, Public health, Fulbright Junior
Faculty Development Program

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Benefits from Fulbright
Visiting Scholar Program

facing the challenges of the new era, many of the educational disciplines in
the whole world either at the international and/or national level in both the
developed and developing countries are bearing in mind how best to encounter
the changing needs and demands of the current time and the future as well. One
consequence of that is increased attention toward development of the university
junior staff, since they are the ones who will ultimately apply any changes
being considered in the future.

one can deny the importance of role which the international education plays in
our life as faculty members. Skills and knowledge gained from exchange programs
are drowning the first steps toward better educational advancement
opportunities for the incoming generations. Personally, I am interested in Fulbright
Junior Faculty Development Program because, as an Egyptian Faculty Junior Staff,
I consider myself to be ideally suited to take courses that are central to public
health. I consider myself to have working experiences in the chosen discipline,
I’m always trying to develop my abilities through publishing of many scientific
papers since I gained my latest academic degree. Contribution in this honorable
development program will enrich my skills with comprehensible, relevant and interesting
lectures presented by other participants and colleagues.

profession experiences which I had gained from working at such a great
educational organization such as Assiut University; increased my desire to
engage in this precious program. I worked now as Lecturer/associate professor
of Community and Public Health Nursing, which is like my selected
discipline-based cohort. Exploring the American Studies Program, will help me a
lot in curriculum development through the chance of studying abroad
opportunities at both institutions. A Fulbright award will provide me the valuable
and unique opportunity to extend Assiut University existing relationships with
the American faculty to our regional campus in Assiut, which is currently
focusing on internationalizing its curricula and placing greater emphasis on international


believe that my extensive educational experiences particularly in the field of public
health and community health nursing would be of benefit to the University. The
University already has in place a variety of outstanding programs in this
field, but my 10 years of teaching, research and professional and academic activities
will allow me to get benefit from this program. In turn, I’m confident that my
own view and understanding of public health and community health nursing especially
from a comparative proportion would advantage from exposure to issues
confronting the American society and other nations participating in this program.

fact, the influence of Fulbright program award for my home institution would be
significant. If granted, it would be the first Fulbright program awarded to a
faculty member in my department of Community Health Nursing, Faculty of
Nursing, Assiut University and this will build channels of communication
between my home faculty and Fulbright program. Referring to my home faculty, we
are a growing teaching and research institution that has undergone significant
change over the last twenty years. Currently, the decision makers in
our faculty do their best to spread the culture of international study.   


Visiting Scholar Program would provide me with a fabulous and golding opportunity
to strength my knowledge base and develop my leaderships skills and abilities.
Participating in this fascinating program will add to my previous experiences
and enrich my career as a faculty junior staff. Teaming with American faculty to
move a vision education program forward is a challenge I welcome at this point
in my career. More importantly, a global perspective of new trends and issues
in public health field for dealing with daily arising community health problems
make me looking forward to know novel and modern methods for studying and
solving the most pressing health problems in my home country Egypt.

Fulbright program award will benefit our home institution generally by
illustrating, to faculty and students, as well the feasibility and benefits of studying
and working abroad. It is for this reason that I will make concentrated efforts
to bring experiences and skills which will be gained from being in Fulbright
program to my home faculty, university and our community by giving
presentations and planned workshops to share and present lectures and
activities which I will participate in the American Faculty and sharing research
ideas which we can engage with the American and other colleagues.

returning to my home organization after finishing the program; I will do my
best to broadcast the culture of studying abroad, also I will encourage my
peers to pursue lecturing and research opportunities in other countries and I will
reach out to faculty students who are interested in studying abroad. Because my
faculty does not currently have staff dedicated to international programs, I will
use my experiences to uniform our efforts to build such a program. Studying a
broad for exchanging of knowledge and experiences have showed positive implications
on our work as a field researcher, this is the message that I intend to reach
for everyone.

specifically, through my affiliation to Assiut University, I’m looking forward
to playing a significant role in figuring and developing of formal relationship
between the American Faculty Program in Global and American Studies and Assiut
University Programs in Public Affairs through faculty and student exchange
opportunities. This will aid our University to achieve its stated goal of
internationalizing its curricula and encouraging global studies among faculties
staff and students as well.

fully expect that I would build these ties within the American Faculty as well I
hope to foster future exchanges between Faculty of Nursing, Assiut University,
Egypt and the American Faculties. I believe that my time as a visiting junior
faculty staff in America will enhance me personally and professionally and will
enrich my home university as well. I will plan to get benefit from every moment
that I will spend in this valuable visiting program.

Interest area in
the program

I was lucky and gain the program award, I really find that all the presented
topics course in my cohort discipline (public health) are of my area of
interest and concern, but I have especial focus on family and community health.
Women in our community suffering from many of interrelated gender based
violence and discrimination appear clearly in disadvantaged area such as rural
communities, so women health issues and problem are attracting my attention and
made me very curious to identify and get benefit from the American experiences
in dealing with such problem and trying to apply this experience when returned
to my home country and find new ways and applying new models for solving the
health problems that women are facing in my home county Egypt.

I have great intention and concern for studying occupational health. Moreover,
I indeed to learn more about new research tools and methods to help me as a researcher
in the community field. Researching about the problems, studying their causes
well and finding solutions for them is my professional career, so if I gained
this grant, I will have great chance to learn about the modern research methods
that are used in the American faculty. When I return to my home institution I
will share these new learned methods with my colleagues to make our research
work more better. I have great hope to explore new ways to be used in the
classrooms to assist me as a junior faculty staff.



Plan to apply the
acquired skills and expertise

any educational and/or training program to have an impression in the chosen
applicants it must be dispersed to a wider audience and beneficiaries. This
program could be significant for those unites and administrative bodies responsible
for training of future faculty staff as well as for policy makers involved in
educational process. Specifically, results from this program will be
disseminated through seminars, lectures and workshops in Faculty of Nursing,
Assiut University.

addition, results will be communicated through publications in the faculty and
university journal. As a professional-oriented researcher, I will also share
results with other lecturers, administrators, students and colleagues. The goal
will be to have broader conversations and open discussion about the gained benefits
of attending of international exchange programs and what we can add to our
research methodology and what we can do with these results, as individuals and
as institutions.

fact, I will try to be a liaison between my faculty and the program; I will be
channel of communication to convey everything that I will gain and learn during
the program courses. Also, I will try with my colleagues to change our old
methods of teaching, updating and replacing them with the new one which will be
gained during the program courses. I will ask my professors and colleagues to
add a new subjects and new concerns to our curricula to broaden the students’
knowledge base and encourage of self-learning. 

Specialized area
of research

my professional career; I taught a wide variety of courses: principles of community
health nursing, research methodology, quantitative analysis, population, social
structures, ethical issues in public health research, aging and ethical issues.
I’m quite comfortable with teaching classes of different sizes, at various
levels and with applying of teaching styles. Early in my career, I received
scholarship from the American University in Cairo to attend a workshop for
three weeks about reproductive health and the concerned issues in the
neighboring Arab Countries. I find interest in studying issues addressing
maternal and child health care problems and applying new methods of research for
studying this serious public health problem. Working on the most prevalent
disease among children such as hearing impairments or issues belong to women
health is appear clearly in my published papers. The most interesting area of
research for me is working on the epidemiology of health problems which faced
by women and young children especially pregnant women and school aged

health and studying the risk factors of the most prevalent communicable and
non-communicable diseases in the community is my target aim and area of
research within my faculty colleagues, so I will try to strengthen my knowledge
and expand my experiences with every learned issue during this treasured
exchange educational program course. During my grant I will do my best to
collaborate with the American faculty to explore new methods to be used to
solve health problems and I will try to apply them when I return to my home

Visiting the
American Society

America is one of my biggest dreams in my whole life. Fulbright visiting
program will provide me a great chance to meet colleagues
in the American Faculty and as such it is imperative for me to see and speak
with them within the setting in which they live and work. In addition, the
Research Centers in America offer access to several resources that will be
crucial. Exposing to new teaching and research methodology, observing classes,
attending seminars and developing linkages with American faculty will add                                                                                                                                         
to my profession as a junior faculty staff. On-going community engagement with
university-identified host families, volunteers, or others in the broader local
community will facilitate my participation in outreach activities, beside the
opportunity to visit the historical sites and attendance of cultural events
which help me a lot to know much about American culture and society. These
connections will be valuable during this program. Being with the American
classmates will provide me an avenue to expose to their curriculum development
which aid me a lot when return home.

being in the American society, I’ll introduce my country Egypt for the other
participants as a secure and country with open economy. Egypt with it is
civilization is considering as one of the most affluent countries in the Middle-East
area, although it still facing public policy challenges.

From my side when being in the American Faculty I’ll do my best to
introduce the Egyptian heritage, culture and civilization to my colleagues.
I’ll invite them to come to Egypt and visit our historical places. As a faculty
member in my home institution, I will introduce our studying models and
educational methods to my colleagues. Our major health problems, concerns,
social problems and our methods to deal with these topics will be also my axis
of dialogue with other colleagues and American faculty members.

            American society is one of the most open, multicultural and civilized country in the whole world, visiting such an amazing society will enrich my life at the personal and professional level. Being in this program will achieve the major aim of collaborative and international exchange of knowledge and educational experiences among all Fullbrighters.