The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) vice president, Melissa Chea-Annan over the weekend completed her Humphrey Fulbright Fellowship Program at the University of Maryland, in the United States of America with a Certificate in Communication and Leadership.
During the year-long program, Journalist Chea-Annan, also the Associate Editor of the Inquirer Newspaper achieved skills that provided her practical knowledge about the U.S. media, culture and government, and a chance to exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world.
She was selected by the J. William Fulbright Fellowship Board for a Humphrey Fellowship that is administered by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State with the cooperation of the Institute of International Education.
The Assistant Director, Humphrey Fellowship Program at the Institute of International Education (IIE), Amy Nemith expressed satisfaction for the level of work that was carried out by the Fellows over the year. She also praised the Fellows for the professional manner in which they exhibited themselves and for also making positive contributions in the American society during their professional affiliation with their US counterparts.
The IIE Executive cautioned the Fellows to return home and make positive impacts in their countries since they will be pleased to see how wisely the Fellows will use their knowledge they acquired from the program in transforming the countries they represent.
In a closing statement last Friday on behalf of her colleagues, Journalist Chea-Annan commended the US Department of States and its partners including the Institute of International Education (IIE) for affording them the opportunity to broaden their skills in Journalism and Leadership.
She assured them that the Fellows are returning home with new minds and ideas, with the focus of contributing to their various countries positively and to make a difference in transforming the society. “We are now prepared to work and move forward,” she added.
The University of Maryland is a state university founded in 1856. More than 34,000 students attend classes in more than 80 academic departments. The university has a long history of international education. Students originate from 100 different countries; 20 percent of the graduate students are from abroad.
The College of Journalism has been ranked among the top journalism schools in the United States and has a faculty of outstanding journalists and scholars, many with international experience. The College also conducts a number of respected programs for mid-career journalists.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the late Senator and Vice President and his life–long commitment to international cooperation and public service. The program brings accomplished mid–career professionals from developing nations and emerging democracies to the United States for an academic year to study, gain related professional experience and foster cultural exchange.
The program provides a basis for lasting ties between United States citizens and the Fellows and it strengthens the global exchange of knowledge and experience.The Humphrey Fellowship Program’s Mission is to foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows’ home countries.
The Program offers Fellows valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and their counterparts from many nations and currently, Journalist Chea-Annan is carrying out her professional affiliation with the Philadelphia Inquirer in the state of Pennsylvania.