Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education



GSE is hosting a visiting scholar through the prestigious U.S.  Fulbright Global Scholar Award   – Dr. Sonia Rocca of the Lycée Français de New York

GSE is hosting a visiting scholar through the prestigious U.S.  Fulbright Global Scholar Award   - Dr. Sonia Rocca of the Lycée Français de New York. Dr. Rocca has completed her scholarly work in Uruguay and Japan, and is now in Kazakhstan from March 28-May 6, 2022. Her topic is supporting teachers' use of technology for language learning. 

In the framework of the award, Dr. Rocca researched and lectured in the two countries: Uruguay and Japan and now she is completing the third and final segment of her Fulbright Global Scholar Award in Kazakhstan. She will visit primary and secondary schools in Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan as well as lecture on new technologies, especially how mobile technologies have shaped language teachers’ practices and identities.  She will collaborate with language teachers as researchers investigating the impact of technology in their classrooms. She will encourage them to verbalize their research at professional forums, with the ultimate goal of contributing to the development of their teacher identity, agency and voice. The Graduate School of Education has been actively assisting Dr. Rocca with the visits to Nur-Sultan  schools and her comfortable stay on Nazarbayev University campus. 

As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Rocca will share knowledge and foster meaningful connections across communities in the United States as well as Kazakhstan. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs, and classrooms, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad. As Fulbright Scholar alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 86 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to forge lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals.  The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.