Frank Perrone, a doctoral student in the Administration & Supervision program at the Curry School of Education, has been appointed to the leadership team of the Forum for International Networking in Education (FINE).
FINE is an initiative of Universitas 21, the leading international network of 21 top research-intensive universities, representing 14 countries. It was developed in 2007 to provide an opportunity for doctoral students from the U21 schools of education to cooperate and collaborate on educational issues from a global perspective.
“Through the U21 and FINE partnerships, students at the Curry School have a unique opportunity to engage in conversations with other doctoral students who share common research interests,” said Perrone. “I see my role on the leadership team to increase the communications between and among students at the universities represented in U21.”
Perrone began his two-year term on the leadership team this spring and looks forward to working with the U21 Deans group and doctoral students to enhance the focus of the group on educational leadership issues.
A former teacher, Perrone’s interest in international education issues developed during his teaching tenure in Blackrock Island, Ireland.
“Teaching in Ireland broadened my perspective on education beyond the American system,” said Perrone. “It is extremely beneficial to look at issues in education across different contexts. The FINE program offers Curry School students a unique opportunity to do just that.”
Perrone hopes to encourage more Curry School students to participate in the opportunities for research and networking offered by FINE and U21.
“There is great potential to connect with a doctoral student at another university who can become a career-long colleague in shared research and study,” he said.
“In his leadership role with U21, Frank Perrone will have an opportunity to impact the research and development priorities of this international organization, connect with educational researchers from across the globe, and connect them with faculty and students here in the Curry School,” said Michelle Young, professor of education at the Curry School of Education and member of the U21 executive board. “It is a wonderful opportunity all around. ”
The FINE participants connect during the year and via quarterly newsletters. However, their most significant opportunity for networking comes each year at the annual American Education Research Association (AERA). At the April 2015 AERA meeting in Chicago, FINE will host a series of events.
Universitas 21 is a network of 21 research-led universities around the world. It aims to promote and achieve collaboration, cooperation and work of a comprehensive nature, drawing on a strong bond of collegiality found between similarly minded universities, all of whom occupy a highly regarded status in their respective global regions. The membership comprises: University of Auckland, University of Birmingham, University of British Columbia, University of Delhi, University College Dublin, University of Edinburgh, Fudan University, University of Glasgow, University of Hong Kong, Korea University, Lund University, McGill University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Nottingham, University of Queensland, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, National University of Singapore, Tecnologico de Monterrey, University of Virginia and Waseda University.