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College and universities around the state are ready for students to start hitting the books as fall semester rolls around once again. This summer, campuses everywhere have been gearing up for the arrival of fall with new programs, campus additions and new student activities.

Georgia”s institutions of higher education are all prepared with a diverse group of programs designed to meet the varied academic goals of their students. Also impressive are the amazing students that find the time to generously give back to their communities on top of their rigorous course schedules.

Gwinnett”s own higher education facilities have a lot to brag about, too. Georgia Gwinnett College recently graduated its first class – among them a student heading to Harvard University this fall. Gwinnett Technical College, offering leading-edge education for the area”s fastest growing careers, continues to experience significant enrollment increases and program expansion.

While you are perusing the pages on higher education, don”t forget to check out our annual College Wire for a comprehensive look at many of Georgia”s post-secondary education options. From two-year colleges to four-year universities, you can catch the latest news on campus in our report – each campus is just buzzing with exciting information to share. Take a look!

Rhodes Scholar Looks for Broader Perspectives
This fall, Deep Shah, who was named a Rhodes Scholar, will have an opportunity to take his education across the pond and study at the University of Oxford.

"Studying at the University of Oxford and receiving a Rhodes Scholarship are both great privileges. Collectively, I hope they offer me a broadened worldview and an understanding of how policymakers from across the world approach the most persistent challenges in society. The United States can learn much from healthcare leaders in other industrialized nations," Shah says.

Shah grew up in Gwinnett and attended Greater Atlanta Christian School before continuing his studies at The University of Georgia, where he graduated with majors in international affairs and biology.

The busy student found time to give back to his community by helping at hospitals and at a children”s clinic in Costa Rica where, in 2005, he had the opportunity to shadow local physicians and help educate children about their health. "Volunteering at this clinic broadened my perspective on the role a physician plays as a community leader and how the need for good health transcends socioeconomic barriers," he says.

Shah plans to earn a master”s degree at Oxford in comparative social policy. "Healthcare has social, financial and legal dimensions… I want to serve as a physician policymaker in the future, helping all these elements converge in the examination room. A degree in CSP will allow me to understand these health issues from a number of relevant perspectives…" he says.

Upon completion of his studies at Oxford, the scholar plans to attend Harvard Medical School.

GOAL Winner Named at Gwinnett Technical College
Ruben Basulto, a radiologic technology student at Gwinnett Tech, was recently named the 2008 Gwinnett Tech winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).

The award honors excellence in academics and leadership. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) sponsors the statewide GOAL program, which recognizes outstanding