ATU Faculty Member Builds International Partnerships

Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Turkey 2023
Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim (left), professor of curriculum and instruction at Arkansas Tech University, visits with colleagues from Konya Food and Agriculture University during a trip to Turkey earlier this year.

Arkansas Tech University students and faculty will have enhanced opportunities for international collaborations due to memorandums of understanding initiated and coordinated by Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim.

Ibrahim, ATU professor of curriculum and instruction, invested a sabbatical semester during spring 2023 in building partnerships with three universities in Turkey — Necmettin Erbakan University, Selcuk University and Konya Food and Agriculture University — as well as Agricities, an international non-profit organization connecting students and agriculture, and the City of Konya, a metropolitan area in central Turkey that is home to more than 2.2 million people.

As a result, ATU has entered into memorandums of understanding with each of those five entities in an effort to spark student and faculty exchanges, collaborative projects and enhanced global engagement.

“My sabbatical allowed me to significantly expand my scholarship and widen ATU’s global footprint through publications, grants, partnerships and service,” said Ibrahim.

In addition to the five international memorandums of understanding, Ibrahim also co-authored an article about pre-service teachers’ confidence in integrating technology into their classrooms and he wrote a book chapter about pre-service teachers’ attitudes toward utilizing artificial intelligence in their classrooms this year.

Ibrahim’s sabbatical semester also allowed him to prepare a grant proposal that would engage multiple international partners in a study of social entrepreneurship education models and provided peer review services for educational technology research performed by fellow scholars.

A member of the ATU faculty since 2011, Ibrahim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cairo University and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oklahoma State University. He was promoted to associate professor in 2017 and professor in 2023.

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