Dr. Paul Hong, professor in the Department Information Operations and Technology Management in the College of Business and Innovation, has been named a recipient of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship award to India.
“I was very delighted and very fortunate to be accepted for this program, which leads with a global perspective. I’m very grateful for the college’s strategic engagement in India, and the college’s relationship with PSG Institute of Management. The UT College of Business and Innovation’s reputation made the difference,” he said.Based on previous international work, Hong said he chose India for three reasons:
• For the dynamic growth possibilities. “With vast youth populations, innovative and entrepreneurial capabilities, and slow but steady infrastructure developments, I believe that the world will pay attention to India just as we did for China for the past 30 years,” Hong said. “India would be a linkage nation between advanced economies (North America and European Union) and Africa, Middle East and Latin America.”
• For the rich research network relationships. “I have visited India twice already,” Hong said. “This summer I will be visiting India again for a month before I start the Fulbright projects next January.”
• Because India is a growing strategic partner with the United States in multiple arenas: economic, political, educational and cultural. “Increasing interactions between the United States and India will bring tremendous opportunities for innovative growth,” he said.
“My base will be Christ University at Bangalore, and I will work with scholars at PSG Institute of Management in Coimbatore and J. Nehru University in New Delhi,” Hong said. “I will be conducting research workshops for faculty members from these institutions who like to build research agendas with effective results in terms of quality publication and real-world impacts.”
He added that two UT doctoral students, Nitya Singh and Blaine Stout, will join the team of international researchers.
“In Christ University, there will be entrepreneurial leadership training sessions for graduate and undergraduate honor students. This would be somewhat similar to what Dr. Clint Longenecker [Stranahan Distinguished University Professor] has already been doing with the Klar Leadership Academy at UT. I am grateful for this Fulbright scholarship grant, which provides necessary funds, scholarly credibility to engage in reputable work, and collaborative research network formation.”
The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, and is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. As a Fulbright Scholar, Hong will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with international partners in educational, political, cultural, economic and scientific fields.
“The key is a global perspective,” Hong explained. “What I emphasize to students here is to go beyond a tri-state perspective; our students can work with companies from around the world because their technical and communication and relationship skills are very good. They are prepared to go anywhere.
“Through my work as a Fulbright Scholar, I can help our students engage with those students and companies, and this provides a great opportunity to further understand their growing market potential. Growth through global engagement and a lot of businesses will benefit. This increasing strategic initiative will continue a lot of opportunity and will benefit students who work in the the United States.”
Hong added, “Fulbright is very service-minded, and I view this as a service opportunity.”