U.S. Colleges Get Serious With Partners Overseas

CAROL’S SUMMARY: Globally collaboration isn’t only happening in the field of business but in the education field as well. This is only natural since our goal as educators should be to prepare students to compete globally, something I specifically address in my book

Junior Guide to Senior Year Success: Becoming a Global Citizen.

The best graduates from college used to move to New York City, Chicago, San Francisco or Washington. In today’s world, the best students need to be ready to live and work, or prepared to travel to, Dubai, Delhi or Dhaka. The ultimate goal of college is to prepare students to enter the global workforce.

1) What are you doing to cultivate a global perspective for your college education? Career? Life?

2) What kinds of partnerships has your campus formed with colleges or universitites in other parts of the world?

3) Whether you are a faculty member, student, or both, how can you become more engaged in international projects?


By KARIN FISCHER, From the Chronicle of Higher Education, February 25, 2009

Like a single man who has soured on the dating scene, Mark S. Wrighton is looking for serious commitment. The chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis is tired of accumulating scores of hastily arranged agreements with overseas universities that rarely lead to much.

In the search for more meaningful relationships abroad, he has focused on a select group of foreign universities in hopes of engaging large numbers of Washington University students and faculty members, encouraging robust research collaborations, and cultivating a more global campus.

Mr. Wrighton is not alone in his desire to develop overseas partnerships that are both broad and deep. A growing number of college leaders say they want arrangements that involve multiple departments and disciplines, square with institutional goals, and even tackle global challenges like sustainable agriculture or clean energy.

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