SVSU named leader in international education

Saginaw Valley State University has been named a leader for international education.

The announcement comes after two SVSU professors–Andrea Frederick, professor nursing, and Natalia Knoblock, associate professor of English–were named as 2022-23 Fulbright Scholars.

Among colleges and universities that do not grant doctoral degrees in Michigan, SVSU is the only institution to produce more than one Fulbright scholar.

The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to foster communication and connection between the United States and other countries. Fulbright scholars have the opportunity to travel abroad and conduct research at a university in another country.

Frederick, who has been teaching at SVSU since 1998, spent three months at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) in Scotland. “This was an exciting opportunity for me to be a small part in a large global project to improve cultural understanding,” she said.

At ENU, Frederick was integral in implementing a research project to evaluate the impact of a Mega Simulation, which has seen success in SVSU’s College of Health and Human Services, on an international level as an educational

To conduct the research, a table-top simulation was held at ENU’s School of Health & Social Care (SHSC) and School of Allied Social Care (SASC).

Participants from SHSC included pre-professional students from adult nursing, child health nursing, mental health nursing, learning disability nursing, midwifery, social work, occupational therapy, and physical therapy; students from SASC were from policing and criminology.

The table-top simulation took place on Nov. 3 when 11 tables were set up with 110 pre-professional students and 18 ENU faculty participating in the event. Qualitative and quantitative data supported the simulation as an effective educational strategy.

As far as translating her experience abroad to SVSU, Frederick has a few ideas, including implementing a simulation like the one carried out at ENU as a Mega Simulation at SVSU.

Knoblock, a socio-linguist specialist, taught at the National University of Colombia in Bogota. Knoblock was honored to work with students and faculty at the National University of Colombia.

According to a press release by SVSU, she said:

“I felt that I positively contributed to their scholarly experience and was enriched by the fellowship as well. I hope SVSU and the National University develop a cooperation program and continue professional contacts which would be beneficial to both schools.”

More information on the Fulbright program can be found at

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