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Alumnus Faculty of Arts receives prestigious Fulbright grant

24 June 2014

Rainier Jaarsma, alumnus of the Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, received a Fulbright grant on June 3rd together with 20 other students, scholars and scientists. With this grant Jaarsma will be starting with a master International Relations at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian & East European Studies at the University of North Carolina. The ceremony took place at the EYE Museum in Amsterdam, where the grants were awarded by American ambassador Timothy Broas.

Fulbright grants

The grants are named after American senator J. William Fulbright, who established the program in 1946. Main goal of the project is to facilitate exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science between the United States and several other countries. Since 1949 the Netherlands have been participating in the program and has also been responsible for part of the costs since 1972. The Fulbright Center is responsible for awarding the grants, which are meant for Dutch people wanting to study in the United States as well as American citizens that want to come to the Netherlands for these reasons. Main criteria for the grant have always been the same: an excellent academic track record, be promising in your own field of interest and being able to represent the Netherlands in the United States.

About Rainier Jaarsma

Jaarsma finished his bachelor American Studies at the Faculty of Arts and hopes to finish his second bachelor Philosophy of a specific discipline in Groningen. During his studies Jaarsma moved to Skopje, Macedonia where he started teaching and even obtained a key role in a American-Bulgarian movie. The Fulbright Center appreciated the combination of his academic background in American Studies and the initiative to move to Macedonia and because of these and other reasons, awarded him a grant. During his master Jaarsma mainly wants to focus on the problems the countries of former Yugoslavia face wanting to join the European Union. He is also going to do more research on ethnical tensions in Macedonia, Bosnia and Kosovo and he hopes to learn Serbo-Croatian.

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