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2020 Fulbright Specialist Experience in Malaysia

Project Title: Capacity Building in Research and Teaching Through Concepts of One Health

Fulbright Specialist: Professor Rosina Claudia Krecek FRSSAf, BS, MS, PhD, MAP, MBA

Fulbright Host: Associate Professor Siti Nursheena Mohd Zain

Integrated global approaches to improve human and animal health and their shared environment, is proving to be the best solution to combating parasitic and tropical diseases due to the complexity of public health issues. The way forward is for more practitioners to approach human and animal health through the One Health Approach where the focus is not only disease, but also comprises health at the individual, population and ecosystem levels.

In order to do this, there should be a concerted effort to increase capacity building in learning, teaching and research towards the One Health concept. The role of the specialist will be to share their knowledge and experience of integrating the One Health concept into tertiary learning and embedding this knowledge into postgraduate and postdoctoral research and training programs.

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The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions.

Specialists, who represent a wide range of professional and academic disciplines, are competitively selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster based on their knowledge, skill sets, and ability to make a significant contribution to projects overseas. Those individuals that have been approved to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster are then eligible to be matched with approved projects designed by foreign host institutions from over 150 countries and other areas. Once abroad, Specialists partner with their host institution to conduct project activities in support of the host institution’s priorities and goals.

The Fulbright Specialist Program aims to provide a short-term, on-demand resource to international host institutions, giving them greater flexibility in how they participate with Fulbright. Specialists are strongly encouraged to continue to work with host institutions in the years following their initial exchange, creating opportunities for ongoing cooperation and consultancies.

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