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Student Blogger of the Month

Fall programs are well underway, which means fall bloggers have been busy writing about their many new experiences! Our Outstanding Student Blogger of the Month is Sunjay Kumar of Northwestern University! He posts thoughtful pieces on daily life in Pune and poses engaging questions to his audience, which makes for a very interesting, reflective, and interactive blog.

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Student Blogger of the Month

As our summer programs wrap up, we are pleased to announce our latest Outstanding Student Blogger of the Month: Emily Luepker of Yale University! Emily is an excellent writer and delves into both serious issues, such as her internship with a non-profit organization that promotes gender equality, and fun cultural experiences, like having lunch with her Indian colleagues.

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Student Blogger of the Month

Summer blogs are up and running! Our Outstanding Student Blogger of the Month is Carolyn Schneller of Ohio State University! Carolyn provides her readers with a genuine glimpse of her life in Shanghai by keeping them up to date on all of her experiences – everything from academics to new foods!

"Time is flying by and I can only imagine that is a result of the exciting excursions that have been keeping me busy since I’ve arrived. I have met a ton of great people already and can’t wait to hang out with them all throughout the summer..."

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Small-scale Explosion in Pune

On Thursday, July 10th, there was a small-scale explosion near Dagdusheth Ganapati Temple in Pune.  All Pune students and staff are safe, and are currently outside of the city on an overnight village excursion. The Alliance will continue to monitor the situation and take any necessary precautions to ensure our students’ safety.

 

More information can be found via the following news articles:

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Student Blogger of the Month

This month's title of Outstanding Student Blogger goes to Maurice Chavarry of the University of South Alabama! Maurice blends humorous stories with thoughtful reflections to provide readers with insight into his life in Beijing.

"While learning to speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese here in China, I have befriended a couple of language partners...Here are some hiccups in the department of 'What in the world are you trying to say?'..."

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Maharashtra Train Accident

There was a train derailment in the state of Maharashtra, south of Mumbai, on Sunday, with 19 estimated fatalities and dozens injured. All Pune and Manipal students are safe and accounted for.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Maharashtra-train-accident-19-dead-89-injured-as-five-coaches-derail/articleshow/34650405.cms

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Blasts at Chennai Train Station

There were two low-intensity explosions at the Chennai Central Railway station today, Thursday, May 1, with one fatality and at least 10 injuries. Chennai is in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and no Alliance students are in the vicinity. All are safe and accounted for, and we do not anticipate any disruptions to our India programs.

News reports may be found here:

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Incidents of Violence in Xinjiang Region

Update:

There were a series of explosions at a market in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, China, early this morning (Thursday, May 22nd) that have resulted in an estimated 31 fatalities.  No Alliance students were in the area, and all Alliance students are safe and accounted for.  The Alliance will continue to monitor the unrest in the area and take any necessary precautions to ensure our students’ safety.

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Student Blogger of the Month

This month's title of Outstanding Student Blogger goes to Jessica Fries of Smith College! Jessica's reflective, informative, and photo-filled posts help her readers understand the diversity of India and the complexities of everyday life as an American student in Pune.

"I am feeling very settled into living in Pune. I walk to and from work every day. Shopkeepers smile and wave at me every day and people in our neighborhood have started to get to know us..."

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Terrorist Attack in Kunming, China (Yunnan Province)

Update: 

The Alliance has been carefully monitoring news and security outlets in light of the March 1st terror attack in Kunming. At this time, we see no reason to cancel our upcoming field study trip to Yunnan province, and plan to proceed as scheduled.  Alliance staff will be implementing standard safety protocols prior to and during the trip, and have taken additional special measures in Kunming given the recent events.   

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