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By interacting with the guests from the United States,
"students here begin to feel and see the similarities (among
people). They suddenly are coming out of their cocoons
and starting to see the world outside of themselves."
The power that comes from creating linkages between
cultures is something Swami has witnessed through the
years. In 1973 he took a group of 27 U.S. students who
planned to be teachers to eight countries. "Those who
were scared in the beginning were most enthusiastic as
they found students of similar ages in different parts of the
world. Some of them became life-long friends.

"If future teachers are the ones traveling, then
it provides them a plethora of models of instruction in
different countries. American education is one looked
up to in most places, but each country and culture has
something to contribute to our students' understanding on how to teach better, how to relate to others
across the world, and essentially consider others as
partners with each other rather than as adversaries, or
as strangers. There is no better way to develop international peace than to bring people from different parts
together."

Aicha Lemtouni
MOROCCO

COURTESY OF AICHA LEMTOUNI

A

icha Lemtouni strives to help
transport the U.S. higher education system to her native
country of Morocco.
Lemtouni, who currently serves as
president of the Institute for Leadership
and Communication Studies (ILCS) in
Rabat, Morocco, graduated with a PhD
from Cornell University in 1991 and
helped cofound ILCS five years later.
The founders were a group of graduates with doctoral degrees from U.S.
and Canadian universities.
In its first year, the school had only
nine students. Today there are about
150. "The vision is to be the Cornell of Morocco," Lemtouni says of the institute.
At a time when nearly 20 percent of Morocco's 18- to
34-year-olds are unemployed, ILCS has been a great success, with 95 percent of the school's graduates landing jobs
within six months of completing their degrees.
Along with providing high-quality academic instruction,
the school focuses on offering classes that prepare students
so they can be successful in the job market. ILCS also requires that students be involved in service projects that stress
giving back to the community, and enrollees interact with
students from an array of cultures. In fact, about 20 percent
of the institute's students come from sub-Saharan Africa.
With its academic achievements, interest in aiding underserved communities, and focus on diversity, "we would
love to be used as a model for the country," Lemtouni says.
Lemtouni, who earned an undergraduate degree in agricultural engineering from the Agronomy and Veterinary

Institute Hassan II in Rabat, first headed
to the United States to study in 1979. "My
dream was to speak English," she says.
She graduated with a master's degree
in nutrition biochemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1981. "From there
it took off." She returned to the United
States in 1985 to work on her PhD in sociology and international nutrition from
Cornell, graduating in 1991. "It's quite an
amazing school," she says of Cornell.
Despite her admiration for the university, "I never thought of staying in the
States," she says. "I am more needed here."
After completing her studies at
Cornell, she returned to the Agronomy and Veterinary
Institute Hassan II, where she taught nutrition for 25
years. She also spent time as a visiting professor at Johns
Hopkins University as a Fulbright scholar.
ILCS was created as a way to contribute to Moroccan
society through education. The school aims not only to
help its own students flourish, but also to help those who
live in underserved areas of the country, such as the Berbers who reside in the High Atlas Mountains.
Many of the institute's courses are taught in English because it's imperative that the students have strong English
language skills if they hope to succeed in today's world,
Lemtouni says. And ILCS is modeled after the AngloSaxon educational system, rather than the French system.
Students who attend the institute can earn degrees in
journalism, communications and marketing, translation
and interpretation, advertising and public relations, and
leadership and management.
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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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