Illinois Central College recently welcomed Nahed Shata of Egypt for the 2016-17 academic year to teach Arabic and take courses at the College as part of a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTLA) Program grant.
While in the United States, Shata will share her language and culture in the local community to inspire students and residents to travel and study overseas to better engage with businesses, governments and organizations abroad. She is one of nearly 400 young educators from 50 countries who will travel to the U.S. in the 2016-17 academic year through the Fulbright FLTA program to help internationalize colleges and universities and prepare the 21st Century workforce for a globalized world. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board selects grant recipients on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
Shata earned a bachelor degree in education from Mansoura University in Egypt and a professional diploma in translation from English to Arabic and a professional educator diploma in integrated technology for classroom teachers from the American University in Cairo. She has taught for more than 13 years and also occasionally works as a part-time translator. 
She joins the 14 Fulbright awardees who have come to ICC since 2007.
According to the Institute of International Education, the Fulbright Program was established in 1946 and has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research. More than 4,000 Fulbright awardees have been designated FLTAs since 2001.
For more information on ICC’s International Education Programs, contact Dr. Barbara Burton, director of International Education, at (309) 694-8817 or, or Dr. Rita Ali, vice president of diversity, international and adult education, at (309) 694-5561 or  


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