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The World as Classroom

Dr. Jay Nathan, Ph.D., CFPIM

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"Giving of an kind...taking an action... begins the process of change, and moves us to remember that we are part of a much greater universe." -- Mbali Creazzo

Dr. Jay Nathan, Ph.D., CFPIM sees “the world as one huge campus, where countries, cultures, societies, and people interact constantly, and learn and relearn from each other.” From this view and his experiences as a Fulbright scholar came the impetus to establish a scholarship, the Professor Dr. Jay Nathan, Ph.D. Scholarship. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to graduate students enrolled in The Kania School of Management who are from Mongolia, Thailand, India, Poland or the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan.Dr. Jay Nathan, Ph.D., CFPIM sees “the world as one huge campus, where countries, cultures, societies, and people interact constantly, and learn and relearn from each other.” From this view and his experiences as a Fulbright scholar came the impetus to establish a scholarship, the Professor Dr. Jay Nathan, Ph.D. Scholarship. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to graduate students enrolled in The Kania School of Management who are from Mongolia, Thailand, India, Poland or the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan.

The idea of establishing a scholarship came to Dr. Nathan as he lectured, researched, and assisted Ph.D. students in the Republic of Kazakhstan and Mongolia. These poor and developing former Soviet states do not have four year programs in business education. These countries, because of their geographic locations, are regionally and globally disadvantaged to be engaged in international business and trade. Therefore, they are unable to participate effectively in today’s world of economic globalization. By endowing this scholarship to those who are financially disadvantaged, Dr. Nathan provides the recipients with the opportunity to continue their studies and culturally and intellectually enhance the academic environment of the campus. These students will return to their native countries and help to transform their business communities as business leaders. The first recipient of The Professor Dr. Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Scholarship at The University of Scranton is Nathawut Suksomanat, a graduate MBA student from Chonburi, Thailand who will graduate this spring.

His passion to participate and encourage international development of business education, especially in poor and developing countries, has lead Dr. Nathan to be an advocate for international business education. He is currently serving in his second year as the president of Global Awareness Society International. Global business engagement requires global awareness. Bringing students to The University of Scranton serves two purposes: it brings the international world to Scranton and it allows for international students to learn from University students and faculty. The internet and technological devices enable new evolving platforms and media to accelerate the process of mass social and professional interactions, a development that was unthinkable just a few decades ago. Technology brings us closer to one another. Yet bringing people together from different traditions and practices opens institutions and individuals to greater appreciation for cultural similarities and differences.

This former Kania School of Management professor is well aware of his good fortune and recognizes the responsibility that comes as an extension of his opportunities. “It is time for me to give back, and provide opportunities of learning and understanding between peoples and cultures to American and foreign students by establishing this scholarship to encourage mutual respect and interaction through learning in an academic setting.” As Fulbright grants, scholarships and exchanges opened Dr. Jay Nathan to the global academic and business world, he is opening this opportunity to others.

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Dr. Jay Nathan, Ph.D, CFPIM