ACE's recently revamped Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE) began 2012 by convening the Internationalization Collaborative, a network of more than 124 institutions that gathers each year to discuss issues in the field of international education.
Under the leadership of new director Bradley Farnsworth, CIGE also has announced a series of briefings on global higher education for senior leadership.
Internationalization Collaborative Emphasizes New Approaches
At the Collaborative meeting Feb. 18, 150 faculty and administrators, association representatives, and government officials discussed The Collaborative Advantage: Exploring the Next Horizon in Global Engagement.
Conversations at the meeting focused on the idea that many forces are moving internationalization to the center of institutions’ priorities. New approaches and transformative partnerships will be critical moving forward, participants concluded.
In a closing address, U.S. Department of Education (ED) Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education Eduardo Ochoa spoke about the importance of international education to reaching President Obama’s goal to have the highest proportion of students graduating from college in the world by 2020. He reported that ED is currently formulating an international education strategy to include:
- Integrating international education across the department;
- Focusing on efforts that demonstrate the value of international education;
- Increasing opportunities to acquire global competencies;
- Utilizing benchmarking and targeted research; and
- Engaging in active diplomacy.
Bradley Farnsworth joined ACE as the new director of CIGE on Feb. 6. Farnsworth most recently was the director of the University of Michigan’s Center for International Business Education and Research, and before that, associate director of the Yale-China Association.
“It is exciting to join CIGE at this pivotal time for global efforts in higher education,” said Farnsworth. “The initiatives we have underway will give us many opportunities to help campuses of all kinds as they approach comprehensive internationalization.”
Farnsworth has a bachelor’s degree in history and East Asia Studies, a master’s in Chinese Studies and a MBA with a concentration in International Business, all from Washington University in St. Louis (MO).
Briefing Series to Debut
Among the Center’s new initiatives is the forthcoming International Briefs for Higher Education Leaders, a series designed to help senior leadership develop knowledge about key issues in global higher education. More details will soon be released on the series, which will include semi-annual webinars and briefing papers.
The first event in the series is a webinar on China: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges in Higher Education Cooperation. The webinar will be held April 26.
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