Baruch College Alumna Wins Fulbright Award to Study in the Netherlands
New York, NY - April 3, 2017 - Maneesha Bhugwansing (’14), an alumna of Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business and the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, has been awarded a U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Award to the Netherlands.
Bhugwansing will spend the 2017-18 academic year earning a Master’s Degree in Economics with a focus on European Economic Policy and Global Innovation Economics at Maastricht University.
The news about the award came as a surprise to Bhugwansing. “When I read the email, I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I want to work in the area of economic development, so gaining an international perspective through my studies, and exposure to the developments in the EU, will be an invaluable experience, especially if I end up working abroad.“
After graduating from Baruch College, Bhugwansing knew she wanted to pursue her interest in international work despite being unsure about specific future plans. “I was fortunate enough to be able to study abroad twice with the support of Macaulay Honors College, and those experiences opened up the possibility of completing my graduate education abroad.”
Bhugwansing added that the support and encouragement of Baruch College’s Office of National and Prestigious Fellowships Advising, as well as her mentors, inspired her to apply for the U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Award and not limit herself to U.S.-based graduate programs.
While studying at Maastricht University, Bhugwansing intends to look beyond the classroom to enrich her international experiences.
“I hope to find ways to engage with the local community and learn more about policies and culture in the Netherlands,” said Bhugwansing.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.