Professor’s Gift Overcomes Communication Barriers

Arriving in Australia in 1998 from Iran, Monash Professor Farzad Sharifian knows firsthand the trials and tribulations of international students, and the life-changing impact that a PhD scholarship can make.

A member of the Monash family for 6 years, Professor Sharifian is the Director of The Language and Society Centre, Faculty of Arts at Monash. He established the ‘English as an International Language’ Program, a program which teaches intercultural and international communication, and is the first of its kind in the world. Professor Sharifian has published numerous articles, and in his recent book,Cultural Conceptualisations and Language: Theoretical Framework and Applications (2011, John Benjamins) outlined a theoretical model to underpin the relationship between language, culture, and conceptualisation. This model has already been adopted by many projects around the world.

Professor Sharifian’s burning desire to see the study of intercultural communication grow ever stronger at Monash has been the impetus for him to set up the Farzad Sharifian Scholarship in the Field of Intercultural Communication, specifically for international PhD students studying at Monash. Across the board, there are scarce scholarships for international students. Quite a few of these students come from countries whose governments cannot afford to support them in their studies. 

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