U.S. Embassy Supports Growth of Turkmenistan’s Academic Institutions

A visiting American sociology professor, Dr. Alan DeYoung, will spend three weeks with the Department of Sociology at the International University for the Humanities and Development (IUHD) in Ashgabat through the Fulbright Specialist Program. From February 15 until March 4, Dr. DeYoung will work with IUHD faculty members and administrators to assess and enhance the university’s sociology program and curriculum. He will also offer lectures and course material to students enrolled in the Sociology Department.

Dr. DeYoung is a Professor of the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation (EPE) and the Department of Sociology of the University of Kentucky. He teaches Sociology of Education, Analyses of Educational Change, Education and Culture, and Education in American Culture. Dr. DeYoung’s experience as an education specialist in the field of sociology and anthropology has made him a frequent consultant at universities and other educational institutions in the United States, Canada, Italy, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan as a Fulbright speaker and consultant. Aside from his work at the University of Kentucky, Dr. DeYoung has also published many books, chapters, and articles on the subject of sociology and education.

The Fulbright Specialist Program is one of many short and long-term academic programs sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat in support of Turkmenistan’s growing academic institutions and ongoing educational reforms. Past projects have included Specialists in economics, information technology, library sciences, and other subjects with the Institute of International Relations, the International University for the Humanities and Development, the Turkmen National Library, the Institute of Culture, and other educational institutions.

For more information about this program, please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat at (+99312) 473506 (ext. 1) or e-mail irc-ashgabat@state.gov.