Thanks to the Fulbright opportunity, I could make some partnerships…

I was excited to read that “the State University of New York at Binghamton is ranked as one of the top schools in the state of New York in 2015”.


I was more thrilled to learn that the Fernand Braudel Center, where I have been based, is a multidisciplinary center that draws its students from highly ranked graduate programs, including the Department of History, Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Sociology.

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Apart from the scientific strength of the center, I can say that all my colleagues here are very welcoming, friendly, supportive, and collaborative. Thanks to their encouragement, I recently received the opportunity to present a talk to the public about my work, titled “Land Grabbing and Rural Poverty: Lessons Learned from Western Ethiopia,” to be held on 20 April 2016, and for which I am feeling excited!

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And last, thanks to the Fulbright opportunity, I have made some effective negotiations with the different department heads at Binghamton University to establish a partnership with Mekelle University in Ethiopia as well as my host university in Belgium.

Hossein Azadi,
Fulbright postdoc fellow
State University of New York at Binghamton
18 April 2016