International Educator - May/June 2012 - 109
| indiana university–purdue university indianapolis (iupui)
CHOOSE PARTNERS CAREFULLY. chancellor charles Bantz said universities should be ready for surprises and be willing to adapt when they enter a close relationship with an institution overseas. “there’s always serendipity in these things,” he said, and “you don’t want to sign a big partnership without having danced together for a while.” START WITH A VISION AND THINK BROADLY. Former associate Vice chancellor for International affairs susan Buck sutton advised, “start at the level of vision and broad goals that match your institutional mission and structures. who are your students? what is your institution all about?” sutton, newly retired from IUPUI and now doing international work for her alma mater, Bryn Mawr college, said, “You need to think on the broadest level possible because we have entered a brave new world…in which a global system of higher education is emerging.” GET CHAMPIONS. Bantz also stressed the importance of finding champions for international efforts. the law school’s champion is George e. edwards, who founded its program in international human rights law in 1997, which recently was accorded special consultative status by the United nations economic and social council. that means the Un body will place greater weight on position papers from the law school and allow its representatives to participate in treaty negotiations. BUILD ON SERVICE LEARNING. service learning provides a natural path for urban universities to expose students to international education and opportunities. “Urban universities were a little late in the internationalization game all across the country,” said executive Vice chancellor and Dean of the Faculties Uday sukhatme, “but the service learning part is very strong here.” the international volunteer work that started in IUPUI’s health schools now reaches into the humanities, engineering, and other schools.
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