Professor of International
Business, Department of Commerce, Aligarh
Muslim University, ALIGARH: 202002 (UP)
Teaching and Research: Teaching
International Business to MBA and Under-graduate
students. Research on Indo-US Economic
Date: October 1, 2004 to July
Host: Claflin University Business
School, Orangeburg (SC), USA
The opportunity to study and teach overseas
has convinced one Scholar-in-Residence of
the benefits of international exchange.
Badar Alam Iqbal, a business administration
professor at Aligarh Muslim University in
India, was granted a Fulbright award to
teach international business and global
issues to graduate and undergraduate students
at South Carolina's Claflin University.
For Iqbal, his six-month stay between October
2004 and April 2005 was a fulfilling experience.
He says that he has learned as much, if
not more than his students from the visit.
Iqbal gained valuable knowledge in how to
make cooperative efforts work, saying it
was a lesson and an experience in dedication
in both work and life.
The most memorable experience Iqbal had
during his stay was the opportunity to deliver
lectures concerning India's economic transformation
at different colleges and business organizations.
Those lectures led to his building relationships
with US professors with whom he can share
and discuss economic relations between the
US and India.
Sharing ideas doesn't stop at mere conversation.
As a Scholar-in-Residence, Iqbal was also
given the chance to publish several papers
including his analysis on the global economy
in The Columbia University Press's Columbia
International Affairs Online.
The lectures and the academic papers are
all part of bridging society. "Exchange
programs are essential for creating and
establishing academic linkages which are
sine-quo-non for building a better and purposeful
understanding among the academicians,"
Iqbal has received many awards and fellowships
including three German Academic Exchange
Service awards, a World Bank fellowship
in Japan and a Ford Foundation fellowship.
Of all the international exchange programs
that he has participated in, Iqbal believes
that the Fulbright Scholar Program provides
some of the best resource facilities and
accommodations, especially for the scholar's
family. Both Iqbal and his wife, Tehmona,
are very pleased that their 12-year-old
son was given the opportunity to study in
a US middle school and interact in a new
and productive environment.
"The Fulbright Fellowship is one of
the world's most prestigious Fellowships
and is also an honor to secure," Iqbal
said. "I am fully convinced that the
Fulbright Program is an asset to academics
from the world over and it gives enormous
opportunities to teach and research."
He hopes to have the opportunity to return
to the US to teach and conduct research
as he continues to forge links with US colleagues.
As a program within Fulbright, the primary
objective of the worldwide S-I-R Program is
to bring scholars and professionals from
abroad to US campuses that do not normally
have the opportunity to host visiting scholars.
These institutions are usually interested
in initiating international programs and
curricula, global studies or area-specific
academic programs. Institutions that serve
student populations that are underrepresented
in international exchange programs, including
minority-serving institutions and community
colleges, are of particular interest.