Paraguay is one of only two landlocked countries in South America (the other is Bolivia). It is bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de Sudamérica ("Heart of South America").
Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe. Before becoming the country that is today the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Swabian, Visigoths and Arabs dominated and passed by the western part of the Iberic peninsula. Given the long history and developed culture, Portuguese language, people, and inventions arrived to influence many parts of the world.
ZIJUN WANG, An International Graduate Student from China
What are you studying at Duke and what are some of your campus involvements?
On the 12th of October, I took a tour around Downtown Durham with a group Duke international students and scholars. I love learning about different cultures and histories and I saw this as an opportunity to get off campus and learn more about the place Iâve been living for the past three years. Iâm Nigerian and itâs always a treat learning about various cultures and histories outside my own. I find it adds more spice to life and gives me a wider perspective on what the world is and is not.
I first came to America in Winter 2004 as an IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) scholar to ETS (Educational Testing Services) in Princeton, NJ. Back then I observed and researched on how standardized testing is done in America. After coming back to Ukraine, I joined a group of researchers who were developing national standardized testing procedures in Ukraine. I shared my experience gained at ETS with this team. It was important for Ukraine to reform procedures for determining university enrollment.