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Goal 5Expand International Connections

Objective A

Enhance international curricula and study abroad opportunities

Incentives for faculty to enhance the international component of the undergraduate experience. Faculty involvement in international and intercultural curricular development in tenure and promotion decisions. Intercultural seminars and experiences. Additional scholarships for domestic students to study abroad.

Increased number and variety of seminars and courses with international components beginning 2010-11. Examples include:

  • Increased summer abroad opportunities.
  • Addition of First-Year Experiences in Paris or London.
  • Over 45% growth in International Studies majors from 2008-09 to 2011-12.
  • Added international- and multi-cultural focused courses in several colleges.
  • New Memoranda of Understanding with institutions in Jordan, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Japan, Korea, France, Rwanda, and Pakistan.
  • Increased scholarship funding for students to engage in study abroad opportunities.
  • Annual faculty recognition award for those who demonstrate leadership in international programs.
  • Study Abroad enrollments have grown from 156 in the 2008-09 academic year to over 300 in the 2012-13 year (over 92% increase). These include both short-term and semester-long experiences. New programs are added each year through affiliations with study abroad partners and faculty leaders.
  • Internship opportunities have increased with international sites available to students.
  • Each dean added funding (matched by the Office of Study Abroad) to enhance student scholarships for study abroad.
  • Faculty evaluations for International Leadership Award include international curriculum development components.

Objective B

Develop and support a more diverse international community

Enhance international diversity within the faculty and student body

  • Increased number of international faculty, beginning in 2010-11. Thirteen new international faculty members hired among the six colleges over the last three years.
  • Successful recruitment of Executive Director, Office of International Programs.
  • Establishment of recruitment centers in China and India.
  • Nearly 900 students currently enrolled from outside the U.S.
  • Enhancement of retention and graduation efforts for international students; 2012: 10% increase in the number of international graduates from previous year.
  • Over 75 programs and activities focused on international community during 2011-12.
  • Global Ambassador Program launched in 2011-12.
  • Strong satisfaction (95%) reported by students who took part in international programming;
  • Increased reports of belonging among those participating in international-focused programs;
  • Strengthening of Monarch Mentors program, connecting domestic and international students.
  • Global Ambassadors.

Objective C

Expand beneficial global collaborations

Part I: Expand beneficial connections with internationally focused agencies, including NATO and the military, and with international universities. Develop active institutional, faculty, and student relationships with international entities. Explore, and implement where appropriate, dual and joint-degree programs with prestigious international universities

  • Increased collaboration between the university and various organizations and institutions, examples include:
  • A&L: The Confucius Institute initiative, which entails a Memorandum of Understanding with Minzu University of China.
  • CBPA: The ACCESSEU partnership is part of a United Nations grant to build alliances between Hampton Roads and Europe.
  • DCOE: Institutes offered in Italy, Ireland, and Bhutan by the graduate program in counseling.
  • Partnership between BCET and the University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar Pakistan.
  • International Programs: Memoranda of Understanding signed with universities in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ghana, and China.
  • Confucius Institute. Opening ceremonies held April 19-20, 2013
  • ACCESSEU is aimed at introducing the Hampton Roads community to European perspectives on global problem solving; ACCESSEU will highlight educational activities for high school, college and graduate students in a variety of disciplines.
  • A 2+2 agreement with the Chinese Scholarship Council is being developed from the MOU established with China.
  • DCOE partnerships.
  • BCET partnership.

Part II: Host international symposia and conferences by providing facilities and support structure, including use of distance-learning technology. Encourage faculty to assume leadership positions in international organizations

  • BCET and CoS cohosted the 2012 International Forum on Systems and Mechatronics (IFSM).
  • Faculty members in four colleges hold leadership positions in international organizations.
  • New International Outreach Coordinator position established in International Programs.
  • Distance Learning support of worldwide course, program, and symposia delivery through various technologies. Coastal Engineering programs offered through such technologies.
  • The IFSM event included 50 participants from five different countries.
  • Faculty hold leadership positions in international organizations based in Taiwan, London, Germany, and various other countries.

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