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Howard and Abu Dhabi University Sign MOU
for Pre-Faculty Partnership

Administrators at Howard University and Abu Dhabi University (UAE) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a Pre-Faculty Partnership.  The partnership is a part of the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program at the Howard University Graduate School in which doctoral students spend a year in a pre-faculty internship at a partner institution, as well as learn about the roles and responsibilities of teaching in a range of higher education institutions.  

"Howard University is excited about the new opportunities that our Preparing Future Faculty Fellows will have through the partnership with Abu Dhabi University.  In keeping with one of the primary purposes of the PFF Program, fellows at  both universities will enjoy a culturally rich teaching experience outside their immediate environments, while completing their doctoral degrees and preparing for the professoriate,"  stated Wayne Frederick, Howard University provost and chief academic officer.

"This partnership represents a wonderful opportunity for both universities to learn from each other through exchanges of cultural experiences, ideas, people and resources.  I look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration for both universities," stated James Mackin, provost at Abu Dhabi.

Howard University has a long tradition of teaching collaboration with many universities and colleges in the nation and abroad.  

"With this partnership, the Graduate School will continue its efforts to provide national and international faculty and other experiences of value for our graduate students," stated Gary L. Harris, Interim Dean, Graduate School, who added that he is delighted at the potential for collaboration in a number of areas with Abu Dhabi University.

The PFF Program at Howard University began in 1994 with four departments. Today, the program is university-wide across the 12 schools and colleges and several partner institutions, according to Gwendolyn S. Bethea, PFF program manager.

"Our PFF Fellows are quite enthusiastic about interning at Abu Dhabi.  We look forward to the next steps in the planning process, "she stated. The first intern at Abu Dhabi is scheduled for fall 2013. 

For more information on the partnership or the PFF program, contact Gwendolyn S. Bethea at gbethea@howard.edu or call 202-806-7277/6800.




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