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nvesting the time in studying abroad can have a profound, long-lasting
impact on the lives of educators.
They may return to their home countries immediately after graduation,
or may go back decades later, but they're all driven by the same desire-to
improve lives and educations in their home countries. Their approaches are richly
influenced by their own years spent studying and working abroad.
They may be striving to influence their home countries' educational systems
by adapting a new model to the local environment, providing educational opportunities to those who would not normally be offered such a chance, or taking
part in programs that are designed to improve social systems.
Here are the stories of four seasoned international educators who have brought
their experiences studying and working in the United States back to their homelands,
where they hope to impact the lives of their students, as well as society as a whole.

Piyush Swami
INDIA

COURTESY OF PIYUSH SWAMI

P

iyush Swami believes his 30-year teaching career
in Ohio has served to prepare him for where his
life has led him today-founding a small college
in his Indian hometown in order to offer higher education
to all of the region's students, including those who are
members of the country's lowest castes.
"If that (the years in Ohio) was the
preparation, this is the test ground," says
Swami, who was professor of curriculum
and instruction and science education
when he retired from the University of
Cincinnati in 2011.
Since his retirement, Swami and his
wife, Cathy, who retired from her job
as a highly honored elementary school
principal, have focused their attention on
starting the East West Educational Institute in the village of Badnoli, just outside
his hometown of Hapur, near New Delhi.
This spring, about 20 students completed their first
year at the school, and for the upcoming school year,
Swami hopes to have 80 students enrolled at the institute,
which offers bachelor's degrees in business administration
and computer application.

"It's very gratifying to see how the things I learned in
the U.S. can be adapted, modified, and implemented in
India," says Swami, who now spends four or five months
a year back in his homeland.
It had been a long absence for the professor. Swami
left India in 1970 to further his education
in the United States because no graduate
programs in science education existed in
India at the time. He already had earned
a bachelor's degree in botany, zoology,
and chemistry from Agra University
(now known as Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar
University) in India and a bachelor's degree in secondary science from Rajasthan
University in India.
In the United States he received his
master's degree in education from Western Washington University, as well as a
master's degree in botany from Ohio
State University and a doctoral degree in science education from OSU.
He spent the first five years of his career in the United
States with the Ohio Department of Education, serving as
a science consultant.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2015

Contents
Supplement Contents
Going Home to Teach
A Little Goes a Long Way
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
In Brief
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover1
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Contents
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 3
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 6
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 7
International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Brief
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Going Home to Teach
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