Luís Nuno Rodrigues
“I was a grantee of the Fulbright Program between 1995 and 1998, having done my PhD in American History at the Wisconsin University, Madison.
My experience with Fulbright and the Luso-American Educational Commission could not have been better. Fulbright enabled me to fulfil my dream, which was to live and study in the U.S. and to understand better the cultures and habits in that country.
Therefore I have to refer to the fascinating experience which was the orientation program – Fulbright´s Pre-Academic Program – where during my first three weeks in the U.S., in the University of Delaware, I had the opportunity to interact with more that 40 students from 30 different countries. On the other hand, my PhD program was also crucial in my academic and professional career, opening new possibilities and motivating my investment in an area of study not well known in Portugal.
To finish, the warmth of the team that administers the Luso-American Educational Commission in Portugal deserves a special mention for their professionalism, competence but at the same time human and personal manner in the way they approach their work.
As a teacher now, I motivate all my students to participate in these and other opportunities, which without doubt, enables them to broaden their horizons and at the same time, through the knowledge of societies different from ours, develop a larger tolerance towards difference and a better understanding of the extremes and diversities of human kind.
These were the primary objectives of Senator Fulbright, who in 1945, decided to create a program of exchange of students, that would minimize the antagonisms and divergences resulting from different cultures existing between different countries.”
Fulbright PhD Student at University of Wisconsin, Madison, AY 1995/1996