Kennesaw State University's WellStar College hosts its first post-doctoral students

post-doc students, Ola Mohamed Zaki El Taibani, Solaf El Hamrawey, Alexandria University

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 28, 2012) — Ola Mohamed Zaki El Taibani and Solaf El Hamrawey,…

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“This is a significant milestone for our college,” said WellStar College of Health and Human Services Dean Richard Sowell at a recent reception for the students. “As our first post-doctoral students, you’ve been pioneers and opened the doors for others to come after you, and for that, we owe you a debt of gratitude.”
The professors’ studies have focused on inclusive education. The WellStar College is home to the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth, which provides a college experience to students with intellectual disabilities. They have also attended classes in social work, sports science and inclusive education in the Bagwell College of Education. Additionally, the professors have given lectures on child health and health care in Egypt to nursing students in an international health policy class. Trips to local elementary and middle schools throughout Cobb County and to nongovernmental organizations are also on the agenda.
“We want to know everything about inclusion in early childhood,” El Taibani said. “We want to know how to make it acceptable to the community to know the disabled have a right to be included in the educational system.”
After requesting to come to Kennesaw State, El Taibani and El Hamrawey were selected for the program by the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and the United States Agency for International Development, which sponsored the program that began in November, and continues through April.
“Hosting these two fine scholars is exactly what we’re about,” KSU Provost Ken Harmon said. “We’re kind of the unknown sometimes, but you fought to come here, and we thank you for taking a chance on us.”
As a result of the program’s success, eight additional post-doctoral students will be coming to KSU to study in different areas across campus next year.
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