Rajgopal Sashti. Director, International Program Development/
Raj Sashti is the recipient of three Fulbright Scholarships (to Germany, Japan and Brazil) has worked at Clayton State and Columbus State Universities as an Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia from 1990-2008. Before joining SPSU, he served as an International Education Advisor and Director of the consortium at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. Over the years, he has directed several Fulbright-Hays projects and other foreign language and international studies programs/grants funded by the U. S. Department of Education, the United States Information Agency and other non-profit organizations. During the past 20years, he has helped Clayton State and Columbus State universities and the consortium secure numerous direct and matching grants to promote international education. These funds have made a significant impact on teaching and learning at two dozen institutions in Georgia.
His teaching and applied research interests include international education, training and development, and inter-linkages between Western and non-Western societies. Over the years, he has presented numerous papers at the annual meetings of the International Studies Association and the Association of Asian Studies and has served as a keynote speaker and a panelist.
In addition to his leadership responsibilities at Southern Polytechnic State University, Mr. Sashti has served as an international education advisor to more than 40 universities and colleges including California State University, the University of Pittsburgh, North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee.
Since joining SPSU, Raj has been awarded, three Fulbright grants, two Scholar in Residence and a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program. In addition, based on grants from flagship universities, he has organized numerous faculty development conferences to internationalize the curriculum, invited and hosted diplomats and Fulbright scholars, and served as a panelist for the webinars of the Fulbright Program organized Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).
In connection with his professional activities, he has traveled extensively around the globe sponsoring, directing and establishing linkages to carry out faculty development and curriculum enrichment programs in Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, France, Spain, Finland, Russia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Egypt, South Africa, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
Tokyo Denki University (Japan), Beijing Normal University (China), the Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (India), and Columbus State University have presented Raj Sashti with "Awards of Honor" to recognize his contributions to promote greater international understanding through educational and cultural exchange.