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ECU Pro-Vice-Chancellor receives prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

Thursday, 20 March 2008


Edith Cowan University's (ECU) Professor Brenda Cherednichenko is one of only four Australians, and the only West Australian, to be awarded a 2008 Fulbright Senior Scholarship.

Professor Cherednichenko's project entitled LEARN, Dream, Achieve will develop a Learning, Education and Research Network (LEARN) for improved educational outcomes for young people in disadvantaged communities.

Professor Cherednichenko will travel to The University of Texas, El Paso, and work with the University's Department of Teacher Education to develop cross-country, cross-cultural research and create a truly international partnership between Australia and the United States.

Professor Cherednichenko, who is Pro-Vice-Chancellor Equity and Indigenous, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts at ECU, said she looks forward to the experience, and to the benefits it will bring to ECU and the wider education community in Western Australia.

"This scholarship will support development of deep knowledge and experience of the unique, but highly regarded, innovative school/community engagement practices at El Paso to inform the development of similar work at Edith Cowan University," she said.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox congratulated Professor Cherednichenko on being awarded the prestigious scholarship, and encouraged her to embrace the challenges and opportunities this experience will provide.

"Through engagement and collaboration with international institutions, ECU strengthens its academic integrity and continues to contribute to the growth and development of Western Australia" he said.

"Professor Cherednichenko's research will not only benefit ECU students, but will also deliver outcomes to disadvantaged communities within Western Australia and beyond."

The Fulbright program is the largest educational scholarship of its kind, created by US Senator J William Fulbright and the US Government in 1946. Aimed at promoting mutual understanding through educational exchange, it operates between the US and 150 countries.

Professor Cherednichenko will undertake the short study in El Paso, Texas, during early 2009.

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