Award-Winning Innovator Biplab Paul to headline next Global Learning Hub event

Biplabketan Paul (center, back row) stands alongside women producers from the Gujarat region of India whose land and harvests have been impacted by the Bhungroo rainwater catchment system (photo courtesy of Biplabketan Paul)
Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Award-Winning Innovator Biplab Paul to headline next Global Learning Hub event

While it seems like the semester just began, the CASNR Global Learning Hub is already midway through the exciting line-up of events to grow students’ professional and peer networks, perspectives, and general global competence. The next in the series promises to be a particularly valuable and inspirational one for students, featuring global innovator Biplabketan Paul.

October 2: Sustainable Development Goals Impact Maker Biplabketan Paul: hear from innovator, food security champion & creator of the award-winning Bhungroo, a World-Bank awarded rainwater harvesting technology and product. The technology is geared towards smallholder farmers in India, especially women farmers and landowners, to help them mitigate damage of extreme weather events, retain productive usage and ownership of their land, improve food security for their families and communities, and myriad other benefits. Paul originally visited Nebraska as a Lincoln International Visitors Bureau Gold Star guest, and is excited to continue his connection with UNL students, faculty and staff, with a particular enthusiasm for helping students see themselves in the position of innovator and having the confidence to move their ideas forward. While normally the global and local expert sessions for the SDG Scholars Program are exclusive to program participants, this discussion with such an esteemed speaker will be open to any students interested in hearing from Biplab and/or joining the program. The session will take place virtually at 10:00 a.m. Nebraska time/8:00 p.m. India time. Register here to reserve a place.

The Hub kicked off the Global Learning Series lineup in early September with a discussion on global education and career pathways with alumna Cheyenne Gerlach. Hailing from DeWitt, Nebraska, Gerlach found ways to study and intern abroad in Kenya, South Africa and Benin while an undergraduate as well as pursue graduate school in the Netherlands at Wageningen University, among other accomplishments. Her role now as assistant director of the Yeutter Institute for International Trade and Finance allows her to engage students around global coursework, fellowship and internship opportunities. A recording of the video can be found here.

Later in September, the Hub’s Shannon Smith led the coordination of the Global Experiences Fair on East Campus, allowing students to speak one on one with faculty leading programs abroad as well as numerous other international program providers. Students currently have opportunities to participate in short-term faculty-led programs headed to South Africa, Ireland, Rwanda, the Bahamas, Namibia, Spain/France, Scotland, and others.

Other upcoming events include: October 12, Global Employer Chat with Lindsay Corporation. Didn’t have time to meet with everyone during the career fair? This is the chance to hear directly from an exciting employer with local roots in rural Nebraska but an impressive global footprint: locations in 12 countries and counting! Lindsay offers high quality, paid internships at their headquarters in Omaha, as well as pathways towards global careers in one of their many locations around the world. Join us for a chat in person with Chris Cotrell, Talent Acquisition Manager for Lindsay, meet other students interested in global careers, and possibly find your next internship or job! Join in person at the Arbor Suite of the Nebraska East Union over the noon hour.

Join us for one or both of these events to celebrate International Education Week at Nebraska!

November 8: ZamoHuskers: A Story of the Zamorano Community at Nebraska. Did you know there is a small but vibrant community of students from the Pan-American institution called Zamorano University that call UNL home? Hear from current students, alumni and Zamorano faculty about the unexpected pathway these students took to UNL, their tight-knit community here and the successes of some of their recent alumni. Panel discussion will take place on Zoom/IG Live, with an in-person networking session following after in the East Campus Union (room TBD).

November 9: Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) at UNL: How one Nebraska faculty member is bringing students together across borders, languages, cultures towards greater global competence, all while advancing their knowledge towards their majors. Faculty member Thomas Franti has been in a years-long collaboration with a partner classroom in Montreal, Canada, at McGill University, to add this extra value for students at Nebraska. Learn about how he began this partnership, what model is used to bring the classrooms together, and how you can design something similar to strengthen global bonds, and provide mutual benefit to students. (Note: this is geared towards faculty and graduate students interested in future teaching, but anyone on campus is welcome).

November 20: Sustainable Development Goals Scholars Program Information & Networking Session: Open to current & interested students–November 20, location TBD. Join the current students participating in the SDG Scholars Program and new/curious students to learn more about this innovative co-curricular group that creates opportunities to network with local and global experts, ideate with peers, and create original professional work around these major world challenges. Email Brianne to be notified with the event information.

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