Val D. Rust is a Professor Emeritus at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan. He has recently served as the Faculty Chair of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the Director of the International Education Office at UCLA, which houses the Education Abroad Program, the Travel Study Program, non-University of California study abroad providers and other student exchange programs. He is also Co-Director of the Center for International and Development Education in the Department of Education, which deals extensively with higher educational mapping around the world, international educational leadership, and teacher training. His primary research interests are with the politics of educational reform, the role of education in broader social change, and internationalizing higher education. He presently heads a number of educational development projects around the world. He participates actively in distance learning programs as well as evaluation and training programs connected mainly with organizational development and professional renewal. He has also been actively engaged in humanitarian relief projects, especially those related to education.
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