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The grant reflects the
important need to expand
the ability of K-12 and
college educators to work
together to understand the
history and culture of
Cambodia and create quality
learning experiences. We
want teachers from all levels
talking to each other.
Ken Dunn
MCC Law Professor
and Project Manager
iddlesex Community College,
in partnership with the
Lowell Public Schools (LPS)
and Pannasastra University in
Cambodia (PUC), was recently
awarded an $85,000 grant from the
U.S. Department of Education to
conduct a Fulbright-Hays Group
Project Abroad to promote ongoing
research and communication between
American and Cambodian educators.
The grant, titled Presenting Cambodia
from an Historical and Contemporary
, enables Middlesex and LPS
faculty and staff to engage in
collaborative activities and establish
educational and cultural exchanges. In
the first exchange, a delegation of
seven Middlesex faculty and staff
members, and six LPS employees,
including pre-K, elementary, middle
and high school teachers, a principal
and a curriculum specialist, spent
nearly a month in Cambodia this past
July and August.
MCC humanities and social science
faculty are working with each other
and LPS teachers to infuse historic and
contemporary Cambodian content
into courses at both the K-12 and
college levels. The overall goal is to
establish opportunities for ongoing
research and communication between
American and Cambodian
representatives, including the faculty
at PUC. The program will enable
MCC and LPS to develop academic
and community initiatives to
strengthen intercultural
understanding, support the greater
Lowell Cambodian population, and
contribute to meeting the needs of
Cambodian youth.
"This grant is a natural extension of
MCC's continuing engagement with
the Cambodian community here and
abroad and its relationship with
Pannasastra University of Cambodia,"
said Kent Mitchell, MCC Dean of
International Arts and project director
for the grant.
MCC Law Professor Ken Dunn served
as project manager for the exchange
trip. He and Tooch Van, MCC
Community Outreach Counselor,
arrived before the others to finalize all
ground arrangements. "Nothing is
final until you are actually on the
ground in Cambodia," said Dunn. "So,
this part of the planning was essential
if we were to have 26 days of
meaningful activities."
MCC & Lowell Public Schools Begin
Fulbright-Hays Cambodia Grant
photos courtesy of
Samkhann Khoeun