Daily Archives: 23 January 2011

Greetings from Budapest

Greetings from Budapest, Hungary. It’s my second trip to Hungary (the first was on the back of a motorcycle), but first trip to Budapest. My dog is from Hungary, which I love to tell people for some reason…

I’m here to conduct an all-day onsite workshop and engage in some one-on-one consulting regarding business planning, donor relations and creating revenue streams for education advising centers throughout Eastern and Western Europe affiliated with EducationUSA, a global network supported by the U.S. Department of State. The center representatives I will be presenting to are from Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Cyprus, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine and the UK (the centers are usually staffed by local people, not Americans). I did similar workshops, more focused on strategic planning, program credibility and transparency, in Belgrade, Serbia. Dec. 2009 for with centers based throughout the Balkans.

EducationUSA is a global network of more than 400 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State. “EducationUSA centers actively promote U.S. higher education around the world by offering accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information about educational institutions in the United States and guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access those opportunities. Millions of prospective students learn about U.S. study opportunities through EducationUSA centers each year. Centers are staffed by professional advisers, many of whom have first-hand experience having studied in the United States themselves, adhere to ethical standards, and/or have received State Department-approved training about U.S. higher education and the advising process.” EducationUSA centers also advise U.S. colleges and universities about options for developing study programs in other countries. EducationUSA advisers work in a variety of host institutions, such as Fulbright Commissions, NGOs, U.S. embassies and consulates, bi-national centers, universities, and public libraries.

How did I get associated with EducationUSA? Through my association with Ann Merrill, whose “Giving the Wrong Way” blog I featured a while back. Ann is Mary Merrill‘s daughter.

Photos will be uploaded after I return to the USA in a week.

And now, back to enjoying CNN International, which is not shown in most of the USA for some silly reason…