Dr. Zettili to Serve as Fulbright Scholar in Algeria
By Anne Muriithi
JSU News Bureau
continues to be resilient when it comes to expanding its educational boundaries
worldwide. Evidence of this can be seen when
University faculty travel
out of the country on awards such as the Fulbright Awards. Dr. Zettili, Professor
of Physics in the Department of Physical and Earth Sciences, will travel to Algeria on a
Fulbright Award. Dr. Zettili, who
originally is an Algerian native, is excited about the opportunity that has
been granted to him to go serve as a Fulbright scholar in Algeria.
“I am looking forward to and, indeed, am eager to serve as a
‘Fulbrighter’ in Algeria,”
says Dr. Zettili.
Dr. Zettili’s reason for deciding to serve as a
‘Fulbrighter’ in Algeria is that he has always been impressed by Senator
Fulbright’s ideals, most notably his vision to establish an international
education exchange program that promotes mutual understanding between people of
the United States and citizens of other countries.
Having lived in Algeria
during his early school years before migrating to the United States, Dr. Zettili was aware of the fact
that there was not a lot of collaboration between the United States institutions of
higher learning and the Algerian institutions of higher learning. The main reason for this is because Algeria is a
French colony. As a result, institution of higher learning collaborations and
exchanges had been taking place between
and cultural programs.
“The Fulbright award will undoubtedly give me an opportunity
to introduce my Algerian colleagues to the US educational system and its
successful paradigms. We take these for
granted here in the US, but
these paradigms can make a difference in Algeria,” says Dr. Zettili.
Dr. Zettili has always wanted to contribute in initiating or
participating in collaborations between American institution of higher learning
and cultural programs in Algeria
in the hope of helping to enrich and broaden Algeria’s academic, cultural and
“An exchange of scholars between the US and Algeria will
contribute immensely to a better understanding between American institutions of
higher learning and cultural programs with Algeria in the hope of helping to
enrich and broaden Algeria’s educational system,” says Dr. Zetilli.
During his sojourn in Algeria,
Dr. Zettili will primarily be teaching Physics at the host institution and
carrying out joint research work with other professors in Algeria. Dr.
Zettili also intends to give public lectures at other universities and, if
given the chance, would like to talk to the media about the ideals and mutual
benefits of the Fulbright program.
Dr. Zettili’s primary goal is to introduce and publicize Jacksonville
to the Algerian community of higher learning. Additionally, he would like to help bridge the
gap between the two cultures and help mitigate and, if possible, remove, the
misconceptions and misunderstandings that he will come in contact with.
“I look forward to convey and highlight my own personal
positive experience in the US,
notably in Alabama
with its distinctive southern hospitality,” says. Dr. Zettili. Dr. Zettili is operationally familiar with the
culture, traditions, and languages of the host country, and he has the needed
scientific credentials. He is confident that he is well equipped with the
necessary tools and assets to be an effective ambassador of
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