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Inusah Abdul-Nasiru, visiting scholar from Ghana and his adviser, Professor Lori Foster Thompson
January 24. 2013
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) hosted its first luncheon in honor of NC State's Visiting Scholars. The event brought together NC State's Visiting Scholars and the faculty and staff that support them during their stay. It featured Dr. Bailian Li, Vice Provost of International Affairs; Mr. Michael Giancola, Director of the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS); Dr. Orlando Rojas from the College of Natural Resources; and Ms. Elizabeth James, director of the Office of International Services.
The event also featured an address by Jue Wang, a scholar from Zhejiang University, under Michael Giancola in CSLEPS. Jue expressed her gratitude for the experiences she has while working at NC State noting the excellent advising she received and how welcoming the staff and students were. During her time here, Ms. Wang worked with faculty, staff and students to improve life on campus and increase opportunities for students to engage in public service opportunities.
Inusah Abdul-Nasiru, a visiting scholar from the University of Ghana, also attended the event with his adviser, Professor Lori Foster Thompson. Inusah is working in the Psychology Department and his background is in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. His research at NC State is a continuation of research he started during his doctoral program at the University of Ghana. It looks at organizational culture, change readiness and successful change implementation in universities. He has been exploring the extent to which elements of university cultures provide the context for people to be ready for change, and how this go to influence success in change initiatives in public and private universities in Ghana. The findings will help improve how people manage universities.
On his time spent as a visiting scholar at NC State, Inusah stated, "I must say that this exchange program has really helped in my research and has given me the international exposure in terms of comprehensive professional development, the culture, and networking. The world class facilities, the environment of professionalism, and ready-to-help attitudes of all, especially from Psychology Department, Study Abroad Office, Office of International Services (and the D.H Hill Library staff) have all contributed immensely to the steady progress I am making in my work."
NC State is currently home to over 300 scholars from over 30 different countries. In the coming years, the Office of International Affairs will seek to grow the number of Visiting Scholars at at NC State in order to integration of global perspectives into all academic areas and development of global and local competence of our students.