UPIKE provost receives Fulbright to study Japan’s education system

Lori Werth
Lori Werth

PIKEVILLE, Ky. —  The University of Pikeville’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer Lori Werth has been selected by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to receive a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award to Japan.

Werth will have the opportunity to learn about Japan’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two-week grant duration. Fulbright Scholars return with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Werth will share knowledge and foster meaningful connections across communities in the United States and Japan. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions.

Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs, and classrooms, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad. As Fulbright Scholar Alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright Alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 86 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

“We, at the University of Pikeville, have a desire to foster experiences for our rural, first-generation undergraduate students, medical, and optometry students, so they are viewed as independent, self-reliant, adaptable, open-minded, and ultimately, making an impact on our global 21st century community,” said Werth. “I am honored to be a Fulbright Scholar and will continue serving, building, strengthening, and empowering communities and stakeholders to close equity gaps in postsecondary attainment for all students.”

“The Fulbright organization recognizes only a select group of higher education professionals each year,” said UPIKE President Burton J. Webb. “We are proud of Dr. Werth’s well-deserved recognition by Fulbright and believe that what she learns during her time in Japan will benefit the students of UPIKE for years to come.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to forge lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals. Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has enabled more than 390,000 dedicated and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and find solutions to shared international concerns.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.