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WVU Parkersburg economics professor receives Fulbright Scholar award to lecture in Azerbaijan.
CONTACT: Jeff Holland, chair of the Business & Economics Division, 304-424-8298.
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An economics professor at West Virginia University at Parkersburg will spend the fall semester as a guest lecturer in the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan.
Dr. Sy Sarkarat has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at Azerbaijan State Economic University. The Azerbaijan institution is located in the capital city of Baku and enrolls approximately 16,000 students.
Sarkarat will lecture on international economics and economics' transition from socialism to capitalism.
He is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program this year. Established in 1946 under legislation by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world.
The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has exchanged approximately 273,500 people – 102,900 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 170,00 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the U.S. The program operates in over 150 countries worldwide.
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
Sarkarat joined the WVU Parkersburg faculty in 1987. A professor of economics, he received his Bachelor of Science, Master's of Science and Master's of Arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He earned his doctorate at West Virginia University.
Fulbright recipients are among more than 30,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.