AS PART OF THE INTERNATIONAL Education Week activities, on November 16th, 2011, Dr. Dolores Rinke addressed students and faculty members at Purdue University Calumet, to inform them of the various opportunities offered by the Fulbright Programs. One of this university strategic goals is to increase cultural diversity on the campus. Dr. Rinke also talked about her personal experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary in 1994 teaching accounting consistent with the new economic goals of the country that had made the transition from a command economy to a capitalistic one.
A few years later, she returned to Hungary as a Senior Specialist to help the country prepare for entrance into the European Union. This semester, she has another Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to work with Hacettepe University in Turkey, teaching them International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and corporate governance.
As most Fulbright alumni will agree, the Fulbright experience has been a life altering experience. In addition to working with the Chicago Chapter, she has also served as Board member and Treasurer for the National Board for six years.
Professor Rinke teaches International and Financial Accounting at Purdue University Calumet where she has been teaching since 1987. This summer, she plans to take students on an International Accounting Experience to London and Paris where they will learn about IFRS and how they are established and practiced. More than 100 countries, including all the countries of the European Union, have adopted IFRS. The U.S. is currently working on a convergence project to converge U.S. accounting principles with IFRS.