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The first decade of the 21st century has witnessed changes in the scale and range of global educational mobility. According to the Institute of International Education, there are currently more than 3.3 million students studying in a country beyond their own.

Speaking to Jerome Lohez Foundation, commentator Ben Wildavsky, author of the book,The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping The World(2010), asserts that globalized universities in emerging nations now “vie for top-notch talent, no matter what country a student's passport may bear. Schools open up satellite campuses, collaborate on research and academic paper publication, and try to lure big-name professors.”

Embracing the realities of the reshaping Global Community, the Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation has recently expanded its mission statement to include new alliances with universities in China. Like the Foundation, these institutions are committed to graduate exchange programs in both the United States and France. Begun in 2005 as a French-American scholarship exchange organization, the Foundation’s new mission statement was published in August 2012:

The Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation is the only charitable organization established after the 9/11 tragedy that is dedicated specifically to promoting educational and cultural exchange among the U.S., France and China. By providing scholarship awards to American, French and Chinese graduate students, enabling them to study in one another's nations, the Foundation aims to shape the next generation of global citizen, along with a new class of international policy makers. The Foundation also seeks to develop a pool of highly-trained multicultural business leaders to serve as innovators in multinational commerce.

As an expression of its expanded global vision for the future, the Foundation has initiated partnerships with the School of Social Development & Public Policy at The Beijing Normal University and with the Graduate Dual-Degree Program in Journalism at The Fudan University in Shanghai.

The Lohez Foundation has for several years been a partner in the Alliance Program for international exchange. Columbia University in New York and École Polytechnique in France are two of the founding members of the Alliance program, created in 2002, as a joint venture between Sciences Po, Paris I – Pantheon Sorbonne, the École Polytechnique and Columbia University.

These universities have embraced an internationalized model of higher education, through long-term institutional partnerships. The Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation is poised to be an active participant and catalyst in advancing this developing global model for higher education.

Examples of the Foundation’s dedication to nurturing this new model are displayed among the Foundation’s 2011 Scholarship Recipients.

Antoine Desir is French citizen of Vietnamese origin. He has experienced both the extreme poverty of a developing country and the elite Parisian milieu of students competing for spots in the French Grandes Écoles. Antoine graduated with a dual master’s degree from Columbia University and École Polytéchnique in May 2011, assisted in part by scholarship funds from the Lohez Foundation.

From an intellectual family in Colombia, South America, Andres Lizcano Rodriguez received a bilingual education in Spanish and German, and spent his childhood years in Germany. A 2011 Lohez Scholar, Andres is pursuing a dual master’s degree in International Development at Sciences Po in Paris and Columbia University in New York.

“There is an extremely close connection between the way in which we are seeing the development of a global meritocracy for students and for universities and the global search for talent in the world of business,” according to author Wildavsky.

“Globalization will mean different things to different players within that spectrum,” he continued. “Major research universities, to compete, have got to think about finding the best talent; they need to find international partnerships.”

The Lohez Foundation looks forward to a future of ever-broadening horizons, as it continues to play a role in nurturing a new class of global leaders, whose members are already evident among its growing list of distinguished young scholarship alumni.



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The 2010 Jerome Lohez Foundation Scholarship recipients are:

  1. Paula Henin ( France , London School of Economics – Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne – Columbia University Law School)

Ms. Henin’s academic brilliance was clear at young age. She was recognized by the Mayor de Sevres for outstanding results in the French Baccalaureate exam. Paula then went on to study International Relations and History at the London School of Economics (LSE). She specialized in the Middle East and public international law. Paula was among the top one percent of students in her year. Paula felt compelled to try to shed light on the situation in which there seems to be such misunderstanding and sometimes animosity between the west and the Arab world. Her dissertation thesis, “A French perspective on the British and American interventions in the Levant, May – November 1958,” was commended by the LSE’s Board of Examiners and awarded the Hue Wheldon Prize.

Paula has received a 2010-2011 Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship to participate in a dual degree program at Columbia Law School and Univiersité Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is a board member of the Columbia International Arbitration Association. Paula has a strong interest in international law; her ultimate goal is to work as a legal adviser for a major international organization, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, or an international court or tribunal.

Ms. Henin speaks French, English, Spanish and Arabic and is a passionate guitar and saxophone player.

  1. Hélèn Franchineau (France, Sciences Po - Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism)

Ms. Francineau completed a journalism program at Sciences Po Paris and programs in International Affairs and Chinese Language and Culture at Sciences Po Bordeaux.

Hélèn then worked for Le Monde and Slate in Shanghai and Paris ; she wrote news on the Shanghai World Expo, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Muslim minority riots in Xinjiang province. In 2009 Hélèn interned at The Washington Times foreign desk where she covered policies on climate change.

Hélèn plans to do multimedia journalism, which she considers to be the future of journalism. She chose to study in the United States because she believes it has been far ahead of European countries in developing this kind of journalism.

She enrolled at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism this fall. She is interested not only in story-telling, but also in blogging, radio editing, photography and video, and the social media.

Ms. Francineau speaks French, English, and Chinese.

  1. Alban Pétré (France, Ecole Pour L'Informatique et Les Techniques Avancees - Stevens Institute of Technology)

Mr. Pétré worked at Société Générale for the global head of Risk Assessment and Controls. He worked on the creation of a methodology to improve web-browsing control of Societe Generale system users and other security-related projects. He was praised by his professors and supervisors for his creativity and attention to details and his team spirit.

Alban visited New York for the first time in 2009 and fell in love with the city. He will enter Stevens Institute of Technology in spring, 2011. He looks forward broadening his vision through an American educational experience, and he hopes that his time in the United States will allow him to promote cultural exchange while here and when he returns to France .

The Award Presentation Gala will be held in spring 2011.

The Result will be published on our foundation's web site soon.

Jerome Lohez 2010 Scholarship Selection Committee

Professor Elizabeth Roistacher (Committee Chairman)

Captain Jordan Becker (2009 Scholarship recipients),

Mr. Stephane Bouniol,

Mr. Philippe Carls

Mr. Mark Denne,

Mr. Florent D’Halluin (2009 Scholarship recipients),

Mr. Brian T. Kelly,

Mr. Vincent De Laggabe, Ms. Dening Lohez (Founder),

Ms. Barbara Wing

Professor Elizabeth Roistacher is an economics professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center , City University of New York. She has previously served as deputy assistant secretary for economic affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as a Brookings Economic Policy fellow. Professor Roistacher has also served as director of the Office of Honors and Scholarships at Queens College . Professor Roistacher received Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania.

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2009 Jerome Lohez Foundation Scholarship awards recipients are1. Captain Jordan Becker (USA, Sciences-Po - Columbia University Exchange Program)Mr. Becker graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Services in 2001. Mr. Becker joined the United States Army after the outbreak of the September 11 tragedy. During almost a decade of active service in the U.S. Army, Mr.Becker was a paratrooper and Special Force team leader to lead combat patrols in Iraq, earning three Bronze Stars and achieving the rank of captain.Captain Becker was selected by the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point to receive two-years of graduate study at the Columbia SIPA and Science Po graduate exchange program. Captain Jordan then will be given three year assignment teaching undergraduate political Science courses and participating in the professional development of West Point cadets.Captain Becker is beginning his graduate studies at Sciences Po this Fall. He has long been interested in the work and writing of Hubert Vedrine and believes the deeper understanding of France is essential to develop a strong, institutionalized relationship between Europe and the United States to ensure peace, security and prosperity in the 21st Century.This solider- Diplomat speaks fluently French, Italian and acquired working knowledge of Arabic and Kurdish languages during his commission in Iraq.2. Ms. Pauline Dochez (France, Ecole Polytechnique - Columbia University Exchange Program)Ms. Dochez completed three-year program in Economics, Computer Sciences, and Applied Math at Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France. Subsequently, she comes to Columbia University to begin graduate study in Engineering and Management systems with focus on the use of industrial engineering and operations research techniques in decision-making process.Pauline is a highly intelligent, perceptive young woman. Not only she is a serious scientific researcher, but also an excellent writer and publicist for presenting her projects. While she was doing the researching project on women networks around the world, Pauline communicated with many women association around the world in English, German, Greek and Spanish in addition to her native French.Pauline finds that American people have certain way of being proud of their achievements without boasting both sane and pleasant.3. Florent D'Hualluin ( France, Ecole Pour L'Informatique et Les Techniques Avancees - Stevens Institute of Technology)Mr. D'Hualluin participates in graduate exchange program between EPITA and Stevens Institute of Technology. His subject matter is Computer Science. He worked on a finite state automation Library called Vaucanson. His professor commented that Florent is a talented orator, a good writer and above all a very fine human being aside of scientific subjects.Mr. D'Hualluin thinks a widely recognized diploma and local contacts and landmarks in the United States are highly valuable. He wants to keep an eager eye out for chances to make a change. What better place is there than the land of opportunity? He asks.The Result will be published on our foundation's web site soon.The Scholarship Presentation Event will be held at the French Consulate to New York on November 17th, 2009
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