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THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONALIZATION Growing Globally Competent Students to Achieve True Internationalization By William I. Brustein IF ONE OF the chief goals of higher education is to graduate globally competent students who are ready and able to make significant contributions to the marketplace once they have landed their first job, then we must follow the latest trend. More universities are balking at simply adding the traditional diversity or international course requirement, or the popular standalone degree in international studies—hardly sufficient to instill global competence in our students— but instead are moving toward developing a comprehensive and coherent internationally themed curriculum that will train our students to become globally competent critical thinkers no matter their discipline. Moving in the right direction and helping develop the trend are universities such as the University of Pittsburgh, which has a global studies certificate, and the Georgia Institute of Technology’s International Plan, which integrates international components into its traditional bachelor’s of science degree. Both of these institutions have had these international components in place for the past few years. But the next big trend is where The Ohio State University is moving. As part of its institutional international strategy, Ohio State recently developed the Global Option, a certificate bearing program designed to enable students to successfully acquire international expertise through the integration of new requirements within their field of study. The University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies certificate provides a useful model with its creation of an international curriculum component available university wide. Through its graduate and undergraduate certificate program, students in any major have the opportunity for interdisciplinary training concurrent with academic or professional degrees. Global studies students can choose one of six global concentrations (changing identities in a global world; communication, technology and society; conflict and conflict resolution; global economy and global governance; global health; and sustainable development) and unite it with the study of For students, global competence is an indispensable qualification of global citizenship, that is, the ability to work cooperatively in seeking and implementing solutions to challenges of global significance, e.g., economic, technological, political and environmental. a particular region and language. This program helps students develop an awareness of major currents of global change and the issues they raise, the capacity for effective communication across cultural and linguistic boundaries, and personal adaptability to diverse cultures The Pitt Global Studies certificate effectively integrates the study of major global issues with the study of their application in different regions and cultures, ensuring both the global relevance of area studies and the empirical grounding of globalization studies. While the Pitt Global Studies certificate lays the groundwork for global training, it is time for colleges and universities to rethink the content of every major in an effort to integrate international content into each course required for the major and into the major’s capstone experiences, which is the direction in which Ohio State is headed. Georgia Tech has made tremendous strides along these lines through its International Plan, a $3.5 million initiative launched in 2005. The plan is designed for students to achieve four skills, abilities and attitudes. The International Plan also requires at least six months abroad (study, work, research), coursework on selected international subjects, achievement of second language proficiency and integration within programs of study. The same program of study is offered to all students of any major. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree in the student’s major and the International Plan requirements, the student’s transcript and diploma state that the degree is a “Bachelor of Science with International Plan.” Ohio State has taken these certificatebearing programs one step further. Rather than developing a university-wide one-sizefits-all program, Ohio State developed a template that colleges can use to design their own global option. The primary impetus for developing the global option was to build upon the foundation of Ohio State’s commitment to truly becoming a global university by integrating international dimensions into its teaching, research and engagement mission and preparing its students to actively participate in knowledge-based collaborations around the world. For students, global competence is an indispensable qualification of global citizenship, that is, the ability to work cooperatively in seeking and implementing solutions to challenges of global significance, e.g., economic, technological, political and environmental. The global option at Ohio State has been two years in the making and is driven by students achieving the skills that form the foundation of global competence. These skills include the ability to work effectively in international settings; awareness of and adaptability to diverse cultures, perceptions and approaches; familiarity with the major currents of global change and the issues they raise; the capacity for effective communications across cultural and linguistic boundaries; and comprehending the international dimension of one’s field of study. It is these skills that will add value to the technical expertise students gain during their college career and make them more attractive to potential employers. 35

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Network - Fall 2013

A Message from Allan E. Goodman
News
Megatrends: Predicting the Future of International Education
Considering Study Abroad’s Past to Prepare for its Future
The Promise of International Education: Building a More Just and Elevated Civil Society
Global Research and Commercialization: An Under-the-Radar Next Big Thing
Clustering Innovation and Industry: New Opportunities for Europe
Connecting the Dots: Integrating Engagement with International Stakeholders
The Rise of Real-time, Online International Recruitment
Hold on to Your Hats, MOOCs... Here Come the TOQUES!
The Global Youth Engagement Platform: A Peace Corps for the 21st Century
Growing Globally Competent Students to Achieve True Internationalization
Beyond Ourselves: Embracing Our Global Responsibilities
India: Expansion, Equity, Excellence
The Growing World of Collaborative Internationalization: Taking Partnerships to the Next Level
From Multi-national Universities to Education Hubs to Edu-glomerates?
Advertisers Index
Beyond the Numbers: The Who, How and What of Global Student Mobility

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