The Fulbright Specialist program offers universities the opportunity to invite professionals from the US to disseminate their experience through projects initiated by universities. Project activities may include: teaching or training; development of the curriculum or teaching materials, institutional planning, capacity building of the faculty, administration or staff; delivery of seminars or academic courses, as well as evaluation of study programs and institutions. For 2020 the priority areas are: business administration and creating jobs, cyber security and IT, entrepreneurship, disaster management, media literacy/combating misinformation, public administration and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
During the call of the US Embassy in Moldova, UTM submitted support requests and received the agreement for 3 projects: two will be carried out at FIEB with the support of professors Ceslav Ciobanu and Valerie Mock, and the third – at FCIM, with the support of prof. Ian Toma.
Ceslav Ciobanu is a doctor of economics, professor, coordinator of economic programs at the College of Engineering and Technology at the University of Virginia, USA. In 1994-1998 he was minister in the Ministry of Privatization and Administration of State Property in the Sangheli-2 and Ciubuc-1 governments. In 1999-2002 he was Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova in the USA and Canada, and since 2004 until now he is a professor in the field of political science, public administration and economics, at the University of Virginia in the USA. He happily returns to the Republic of Moldova whenever requested, and the project submitted by UTM to strengthen the FIEB’s capacities in order to increase the employability of its graduates is not an exception.
Valerie E. Mock is a doctor of economics, a professor in the field of Business History. On her Linkedin profile, she mentions: “I like to help the general public understand the role that businesses play in the development of geographical areas.” Her most appreciated presentations are: “Vikings: barbarians or businessmen? You Decide”; “What do Mohammed and Martin Luther Have in Common? (Amber!)”; and “Cane, Cotton, and Other Caribbean Commodities.” As an Affiliate Associate Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI in Massachusetts), Valerie is currently conducting research on how commodities have shaped our history. Her previous business history research focused on entrepreneurs in the textile industry and a broad range of maritime business themes. She is an active member of the Business History and International Business Divisions of the Academy of Management. After serving in several senior management positions with IBM, Valerie decided to pursue her Ph.D. in management from Georgia State University. She holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Emory University. Valerie was a Fulbright scholar to Moldova and taught graduate courses for 8 years in the US military community in Europe. Her international academic experience includes teaching college courses and conducting consulting workshops in and for students in 17 different countries. She is author of 25 books and co-author of over 275 travel blogs. Previously, Ms. Mock benefited from a Fulbright scholarship in Moldova, during which she provided the Marketing course for FIEB master’s students. In the message accepting the offer it was mentioned that “she will return to UTM for support in developing FIEB”.
Ian Toma is a doctor of medicine, lecturer-researcher in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, the Division of Genomic Medicine of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at George Washington University.
As Ian Toma specifies on his Linkedin profile “I am a clinical genomics scientist with primary focus on application of genomics technologies in translational medicine – discovery and validation of genomic biomarkers of human autoimmune, infectious, and CVD diseases. Professional interests extend to diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of infections (HIV/TB) and non-communicable diseases in developing countries, enhancement of clinical and scientific cooperation with local national public health authorities and scientists by introduction of evidence-based innovative solutions in research and clinical practices”. Being originally from Moldova, he has previously collaborated with various higher education institutions in the Republic of Moldova. Although his specialty profile is a medical one, he is one of the supporters of UTM’s activities in the field of biomedical engineering, and within the Fulbright Specialist, he was co-opted by UTM in a project to popularize science and research among young people, future students of UTM, with an emphasis on the interdisciplinarity between the medical sciences and information technology.