Since completing the six-week summer institute at Ohio University and the United States on August 14, the 2015 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) scholars have been hard at work in their home countries engaging in a wide range of tasks including research projects, writing and editing books and lecturing at their home institutions.
This year’s SUSI participants consisted of intellectuals from around the world, with 17 scholars from 16 different countries including India, Botswana, Chile and Greece.
The program incorporated tours of media outlets, like CNN Domestic and International Newsrooms, with academic sessions, lectures and visits to U.S. hotspots like Amish Country, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Atlanta and more.
“SUSI 2015 hosted at Ohio University impressed me by providing me a real life observation of what it means to be a transformative and participatory educational/ academic leading institution,” said Betty Tsakarestou, a 2015 SUSI scholar from Greece and an assistant professor and the head of advertising and public relations lab at Pateion University of Social and Political Sciences.
Betty Tsakarestou, faculty member of the Pateion University of Social and Political
Sciences, receiving her SUSI 2015 certificate of completion.
After SUSI, Tsakarestou took part in a SUSI 2015 debriefing with the U.S. Embassy officials in Athens, Greece, presented the SUSI program and outcomes to her home university, Pateion University, and will soon be presenting the program to her students. Tsakarestou is also keeping busy with the formulation of a SUSI 2015 book chapter, several conference talks, and the editing of two upcoming books translated in Greek.
Unurjargal Lkhanaa, SUSI 2015 scholar and lecturer at the School of Journalism under the Press Institute of Mongolia, noted the large growth of her professional network due to her participation in the SUSI program.
Unurjargal Lkhanaa, faculty member of the School of Journalism under the Press Institute
of Mongolia, during the SUSI 2015 visit to CNN Atlanta.
“Mongolian academics and professionals in journalism should not lose this opportunity to participate each year in SUSI’s media and journalism program,” she said.
Sara Namusoga, SUSI 2015 scholar and faculty member at Uganda Christian University, agrees that the possibilities created from the institute’s large focus on networking cannot be replaced, or duplicated. Namusoga is using these connections through her recent undertaking of a collaborative project that will involve four of her SUSI colleagues.
“The five of us hope to become a global team and a point of reference when it comes to using collaborative and multi-platform storytelling tools to teach,” Namusoga said.
Sara Namusoga, faculty member at Uganda Christian University, presenting her research at the
SUSI 2015 final research presentations.
“SUSI is one of those rare opportunities that come your way and change your life in a definitive manner,” Namusoga said. “Being part of a group of accomplished scholars and journalists - and the very experienced professors who run the program - reignited my desire to excel at my academics and as a professor in the very near future.”
After his proposed research on journalism learning outcomes during the SUSI 2015 summer institute, George Kalimbwe, a faculty member of Evelyn Hone College of Zambia, returned to Zambia and immediately began sharing this newly learned information and insight with colleagues.
Kalimbwe studied ways to implement technological advancements into his college’s learning setting, the changes that would need to be made in order to make this happen, and the variations in information needs of the Zambian media audience.
George Kalimbwe, faculty member at Evelyn Hone
College, Zambia, with fellow 2015 SUSI scholar,
Bruce Lui, in Washington D.C.
Bui Chi Trung, 2015 SUSI scholar and journalism and communications lecturer at Vietnam National University, Hanoi, attributes the SUSI summer program to his newly improved skills with both lecturing and researching.
“I have learned so many things, gained priceless experiences and had lots of fun. SUSI 2015 helped me become more aware of my weaknesses and also gave me tools to strengthen them,” said Trung. “I found the professional communication principles inspiring."
Bui Chi Trung, faculty member at Vietnam National University, during the SUSI 2015 visit to
In addition to the SUSI 2015 book project, Trung has been working on a research paper panel proposal in hopes of attending the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Minneapolis during the summer of 2016.
“In this moment I feel I am a better researcher, lecturer than I was 15 weeks ago. I dream to come back soon to Ohio University, U.S.,” Trung said.
The SUSI summer institute for journalism and media scholars allows top accomplished scholars from around the world to learn and share their work at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University for six weeks, to conduct research, and to compare global journalism and media systems. The institute is funded by an annual renewable grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Study of the U.S. Branch in the Office of Academic Exchange Programs.
To read more about the 2015 SUSI scholars and their time spent actively engaging and learning about international media at Ohio University, visit http://www.scrippsjschool.org/iij/susi.php.