What is Fulbright?
“International educational exchange is the most significant current project designed to continue the process of humanizing mankind to the point, we would hope, that men can learn to live in peace-eventually even to cooperate in constructive activities….We must try to expand the boundaries of human wisdom, empathy, and perception, and there is no way of doing that except through education.” – William J. Fulbright
In 1946 United States senator William J. Fulbright created Fulbright as a program of international educational-exchange. Today Fulbright offers grants to graduates and graduate students in over 140 countries worldwide under the U.S. Department of State. During the course of their grants Fulbrighters “meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, and the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding” (Fulbrightonline.org).
The Fulbright in Malaysia program was founded in 1963. The Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) was founded as a binational commission to facilitate educational exchange. MACEE works under the United States Department of State and the Malaysian Ministry of Education. The Fulbright in Malaysia program was expanded by the Obama administration after a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2010.