Professor Chris Carr Visits Tunisia through Fulbright Specialists Program

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SAN LUIS OBISPO – Chris Carr, JD, Professor of Business Law and Public Policy for the Orfalea College of Business was one of 400 American faculty and professionals chosen in 2011 to travel abroad as part of the Fulbright Specialists Program, an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Designed to compliment the Fulbright Scholar program, Fulbright Specialists are awarded the opportunity to participate in short-term academic activities lasting from two to six weeks. The recipients of the scholarships are chosen based on academic or professional achievement to support the development of faculties, curriculums, and institutional planning at post-secondary academic institutions around the globe.

Carr completed a three-week Fulbright program at the University of Sfax in Tunisia in December 2011. He advised the university and the Sfaxien region in the arenas of entrepreneurship, innovation, faculty development, and accreditation. Dr. Slim Choura, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sfax and the faculty member who took the lead in bringing Professor Carr to Tunisia with the help of the Fulbright scholarship said, “Professor Carr is an outstanding colleague and scholar. We were impressed to learn of Cal Poly’s impressive successes and some of its best practices through his visit.” This was a unique opportunity for the Orfalea College of Business to reach a broader audience of academic professionals and to share its means of achieving Cal Poly’s goals with another higher education establishment. Dr. Choura also said of the interaction, “Chris offered some wise strategic advice and recommendations to help us get to the next level.”

In looking back at his experience in Tunisia, Professor Carr said, “This is an exciting time to visit North Africa. Tunisia was the very first country in the Arab world to accomplish meaningful political reform and it did so largely in a nonviolent manner. The positive eagerness and energy of all Tunisians I met to move forward and seize the rare political and economic opportunity before them is inspiring.” In relation to his professional expertise, Carr also noted, “It is also exciting to see the role that business will play in moving Tunisia forward.”

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Dr. Slim Choura (Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sfax), Dr. Chris Carr (Professor of Business Law and Public Policy, Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business), and Dr. Ezzeddine Bouassida (President, University of Sfax) in the president’s office at the University of Sfax in Tunisia.

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