The National Secretariat of Science and Technology of Panama (SENACYT) has approved the University of Southern Indiana as a recipient of its Institute for the Formation and Use of Human Resources (IFARHU-SENACYT) public schools scholarship program.
“With this agreement, USI becomes one of only two public universities in the United States hosting this program,” said Heidi Gregori-Gahan, assistant provost for International Programs at USI. “We expect the first cohort of degree-seeking students from Panama to begin our Intensive English Program as early as March.”
The University hosted a site visit from a Panamanian delegation this summer as a final step in securing the agreement. SENACYT is an autonomous government institution that promotes science,
“Strengthening scientific capabilities in Panama is crucial to
Recipients of the scholarships are chosen based on merit and
Since 2005, SENACYT has supported around 2,000 scholars in different areas of study and in various parts of the world. In 2012, it started a special scholarship program aimed at students from public schools, with the goal of giving them the opportunity to study abroad. The program includes a year of language training, courses to reinforce math, physics and chemistry, and academic support and follow up. The successful program is one of the reasons SENACYT is interested in diversifying the program and expanding its reach to new universities like USI.
Photo Credit: USI Photography and Multimedia
Dr. Ronald Rochon, provost, and Heidi Gregori-Gahan, assistant provost for International Programs, meet with members of a Panamanian delegation and USI international students.