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Comprehensive internationalization is a term that is often bandied about these days. How does it apply to UNCG and what impact does it have in today’s world of higher education? While twenty years ago student mobility was the primary international activity of many universities around the world, universities today employ a more integrated approach to internationalization as a way to address the globalization in the twenty-first century. This integrated, multi-faceted approach to internationalization has the potential to transform institutions into truly global universities with the capacity to prepare exceptional graduates for the world in which they live.
Of primary importance to all higher education institutions is how we educate today’s students to work, live, and thrive in the global environment they have inherited. Prerequisites for success in our modern world require self-awareness of our personal strengths and values (many of which are culturally based), knowledge of the wider world, skills for interacting with others different from ourselves, and attitudes that enhance our willingness to venture outside our own spheres of comfort. Comprehensive internationalization aims to provide educational opportunities to achieve these goals. As a result of our internationalization efforts we should see a more informed citizenry engaged with both the local and global community.
Since 2009, internationalization has played a prominent role in UNCG’s strategic plan. It is rewarding to be involved in UNCG’s comprehensive internationalization efforts. As we work to implement the recommendations of our American Council on Education (ACE) Internationalization Taskforce, we continue to seek broad input from all constituents on campus. Recommendations of UNCG’s ACE Internationalization Taskforce include several important initiatives which support UNCG’s current strategic plan: establish a Global Center for International Initiatives to house critical international programs and to provide international conferencing, classes and research networking; increase faculty development and networking opportunities globally; incorporate global learning outcomes into the curriculum; integrate study abroad into the curriculum where feasible; and increase the international student population on campus.
This edition of the eNewsworthy looks at some of the current initiatives designed to create a campus climate supportive of internationalization. Enjoy!
To learn more about the recommendations and the Taskforce’s work, see:
Interested in learning more about comprehensive internationalization? See John Hudzik’s Comprehensive Internationalization: http://www.nafsa.org/uploadedFiles/NAFSA_Home/Resource_Library_Assets/Publications_Library/2011_Comprehen_Internationalization.pdf
Click here to read the new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Managing internationalization: strategic implications and institutional practice: