Through curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular initiatives, the University of Bridgeport provides a unique setting to prepare future professionals for a world that increasingly demands intercultural literacy and awareness. The University of Bridgeport’s Office of International Programs is dedicated to supporting our community of students by assisting them in taking full advantage of the unique internationalization opportunities at the University of Bridgeport including Study Abroad to better meet the challenges of an increasingly interconnected world.
The University prides itself on being one of America’s most international universities. UB’s interest in attracting and supporting a diverse population of domestic and international students dates back five decades. International students feel at home at UB and American students discover the benefit of the University’s international curricular and co-curricular environment. Throughout its history, the University has hosted heads of state, Nobel laureates, high ranking United Nations officials, as well as key figures in international business, technology, and the health sciences. Visitors to the UB campus include Chair of the Drafting Committee of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Eleanor Roosevelt, Civil Rights Leader and Nobel Laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, United Nations Undersecretary General and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche, Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chermomyrdin, Uruguayan President Julio Maria Sanguinetti, Albanian President Rexhep Mejdani, and former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Located just one hour from New York and only forty minutes from Stamford, CT (home of the sixth largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the United States), the University’s programs and course offerings allow our students to experience an international learning environment and make UB a very special place to study and to realize your potential as a global actor. The University holds NGO status with the United Nations Department of Public Information since 2012.
KENNETH & LANCY GRAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Kenneth & Lancy Gray Memorial Scholarship honors the lives and contributions of a father and his beloved daughter who lived with a commitment to promote dialogue, appreciation, and understanding amongst the peoples of the world. Dr. Gray traveled and lectured in the Americas, Europe, Asia ,and Africa. His daughter Lancy was inspired by the example of her parents and from a young age aspired to be a world citizen.
Dr. Kenneth Gray served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Bridgeport from 1992 until his passing in 2007. He served as the Co-Chair of the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee. A two-time Senior Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gray served as the Eminent Scholar Chair Professor of International Management at the School of Business & Industry, Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida. He served as an editorial board member of three international academic journals, The International Journal on World Peace, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Management, and The Journal of African Businessand is the author of numerous books and journals. In 2005 he co-authored Corporate Scandals: The Many Faces of Greed (Paragon House). He was recognized by his colleagues as an exceptional scholar, as a man deeply committed to intercultural understanding, and as an example of academic and personal integrity. Dr. Kenneth and his wife Dr. Doris Gray initially created this scholarship in 2000 to commemorate their daughter Lancy after her passing. Dr. Gray is survived by his wife Dr. Doris Gray, who is a Professor of French and Women’s Studies at Florida State University, and by his daughters Tunuka and Khadijah.
Lancy Amelie Gray, Kenneth and Doris’ daughter, was born in Kenya in 1985 and suffered a fatal car crash in Morocco in 2000. Lancy, a gifted writer who was fluent in several languages, learned at an early age how to move freely in various cultures. She attended schools in Kenya, the United States, Germany, and Morocco. By the time she was 15 years old, she spoke German, English, and French and had a basic knowledge of Arabic. Lancy was an accomplished cellist and played in an orchestra. She intended to study cultural anthropology and world religions.