International Educator - January/February 2013 - 43
| University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, Michigan
DEEPENING GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT. An accreditation
self-study in 2010 called for expanding international partnerships, not just with “familiar regions and well-established institutions,” but in developing countries. U-M has two large, successful joint research institutes in China. President Coleman said sustained partnerships “take enormous planning and a constant openness to learning.” Provost Hanlon said, “It’s complicated, it’s difficult, and you can’t make it happen overnight.”
INTEGRATING STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS.
International Center Director John Greisberger believes, “The biggest issue we’re facing on our campus is the integration of our international students with our U.S. students.” The university recently added a position to bolster services for students and scholars. Greisberger wants to see an annual research poster session for visiting scholars to showcase their work and “make more of a splash on campus.”
The lights are low but they burn late into the night at the Michigan law library.
TALKING WITH ONE ANOTHER. A Council on Global
Engagement brings 40 faculty and staff from all 19 schools and colleges together each month to discuss best practices and ways to collaborate. Senior Vice Provost Lester Monts said, “the lines of communication now are stronger than they ever have been.” The council also paved the way for appointment of U-M’s first senior health and safety officer. “It’s helped us pull everybody together,” said the College of Engineering’s Amy Conger, the council chair.
GALVANIZING THE CAMPUS. Lisa Rudgers, vice president
for global communications and strategic initiatives, said high profile presidential trips have an impact back home as well as abroad. “Our campuses are so large and so decentralized that the trips provide a focal point and tend to galvanize the campus,” she said. “We learn much more about what individual faculty in lots of different disciplines are doing in a region in a country.”
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