MDC Hosts Prominent International Scholars The arrival this fall of highly acclaimed international professors such as Dr. Mamta Bhatia and Monique Quesada continues MDC’s promise to provide its students with the global skill set necessary to excel in the worldwide marketplace. Bhatia, a visiting Fulbright Scholar from India, will work with MDC’s department of chemistry, physics and earth science. The recipient of the prestigious Indian Science Congress Young Scientist Award in 1987, Bhatia specializes in reactor physics. She is also an avid painter with a keen interest in drama and music. Quesada, a career Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State, joins MDC as part of its Diplomat in Residence program. Born in Venezuela and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Quesada, has, since 1988, split her duties between political affairs and public diplomacy, serving primarily in Europe and North Africa. Part of her mission is to raise student awareness about opportunities to work in Foreign Service, Civil Service and with the U.S. Department of State. Tatiana Mackliff, Miami Dade College’s executive director of International Education, said Quesada’s presence on campus will help support MDC’s internationalization goals. “We strive to prepare our graduates with the necessary global skills for future employability via our study-abroad programs and on-campus cultural offerings,” Mackliff said. “Thanks to the Diplomat in Residence program and Quesada’s vast international experience, MDC students from all academic pathways will have an opportunity to receive guidance on career offerings aimed at representing U.S. interests around the world.”
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