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2009.9.24 教育报道-获取福特基金会的奖学金

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EDUCATION REPORT - Getting a Fellowship, From the Ford Foundation



This is the VOA Special English Education Report.

The Ford Foundation in the United States is a charitable organization that calls itself "a partner for social change." It has a study program currently available to college graduates in twenty-two countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program offers graduates a chance to continue their studies. The aim is to help them learn ways to solve problems in their own countries.

Joan Dassin is the executive director of the program.
Joan Dassin是这一计划的执行主管。

JOAN DASSIN: "Let's say you have an undergraduate law degree but you really want to be able to bring international human rights standards to bear on a particular conflict in your part of the world. So in that case we would send you to a program in Geneva on international human rights that would give you the international markers that you need to press cases in your particular country setting, and so on. So we work very closely with students not so much about what they want to study, but more about what problem are you trying to solve."
JOAN DASSIN:“假如你有一个大学法学学士学位,但是,你的确非常希望能够将国际人权标准引入用来解决你们所在世界里特殊的冲突。这样的话,我们会送你参与日内瓦的一个国际人权的计划,它会赋予你国际化的印记,你需要按照你们国家的情况来处理案件,等等。所以,我们与学生们密切合作时并不太关注他们想学习什么,更多是你正在努力解决的问题。”

About two-thirds of the fellows study in the United States, Canada or Europe. The others study in their home country or region.

The Ford Foundation started the program eight years ago with two hundred eighty million dollars. Fellows are chosen by independent local committees. They get advice about which schools and programs could help them reach their goals. The foundation says ninety-five percent are accepted into a university graduate program within one year of getting a fellowship.

Almost four thousand fellows have been chosen since the first were named in June of two thousand one. As of last December almost half had completed their fellowships.

The Ford Foundation says the goals include strengthening democratic values, reducing poverty and increasing international cooperation. Another goal is to fight "brain drain" -- to make sure fellows return home to use their educations. The foundation says more than eighty percent have done that.

The program pays all costs, including support services like training in computer skills, academic writing and a foreign language. Partner organizations in the home countries stay in contact with the fellows throughout the program.

Joan Dassin says the fellowships are aimed especially at those with the fewest resources available.
Joan Dassin说奖学金会特别针对那些可用资源最少的学员。

JOAN DASSIN: "People from all walks of life, and particularly from rural areas or marginalized communities, can have access to higher education at the most advanced levels, and our program provides that opportunity."
JOAN DASSIN: “学员来自不同的阶层,不过特别集中在偏远地区和一些边缘化区域,(学员们)能够有机会获得最先进水平的更高层次教育,并且,我们的计划就提供了这种机会。”

And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, written by Nancy Steinbach. You can find us at www.unsv.com, or on Twitter and YouTube at VOA Learning English. I'm Steve Ember.
以上是VOA特别英语《教育报道》,由Nancy Steinbach编写。欢迎登陆 www.unsv.com联系我们,或者登陆VOA英语学习网的Twitter 及 YouTube部分。我是Steve Ember。

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