Baruch College Alumnus Wins Fulbright Award to Malaysia
New York, NY - April 10, 2017 - Hasin Ishraque (’16), an alumnus of the Marxe School of International and Public Affairs, was awarded the U.S. Student Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award in Malaysia.
“I applied for the Fulbright because I fully believe in its mission of spreading education and goodwill to various global communities, strengthening partnerships with other nations, and preparing a new generation of students and leaders to help change world conditions for the better,” said Ishraque. “I believe you have to better understand the world before you can truly help; this is my way of putting my thoughts into practice.”
Although Malaysia is more than 9,000 miles away from New York City, Ishraque will bring both knowledge and an appreciation of the country to the experience. Last year, he spent a few weeks volunteering in Kuantan, a city that faces the South China Sea and is within driving distance to the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
“I was and still am enamored with the values of diversity and friendship, the natural locale and the cities, not to mention the cuisine of the region,” said Ishraque.
While excited to return to Malaysia, Ishraque acknowledges that challenges still exist.
“Ten months of staying in another country is an imposing feat,” Ishraque said. “However, adapting to unfamiliar living conditions and styles is key in the field of emergency management, which is an area where I’m currently working and where I plan to build a career.”
He added that areas in South and Southeast Asia are often hit by such natural disasters as tropical storms. “I hope to assist with relief efforts as part of my career.”
Ishraque credits the strong support system through the faculty, staff, and students at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs as an integral part of his professional growth, and a vital confidence builder. He also points to guidance from the Office of National & Prestigious Fellowships Advising in identifying and applying to the Fulbright.
With this opportunity, Ishraque plans to challenge himself and acquire new skills. “In Malaysia, I expect to learn just as much as I’ll teach, if not more.”
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