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| University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, Michigan
Director John Greisberger (in blue blazer) and the International Center staff
The university in 2010 launched a “Global Michigan” Web site, globalportal.umich.edu, that pulls together resources and encourages students and faculty to conduct study and research abroad. “The world is today’s college campus. Never before have we had so much
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to learn from other nations and cultures,” Coleman says in a videotaped message that ends, “Go Blue—abroad!” Coleman is unwilling to cede any of Michigan’s 65 languages as expendable. “We think it’s very important for a place like Michigan to keep the breadth and depth as much as possible because we know that many other institutions cannot,” the president said. Cutting programs “is our last resort.” “We had an experience back in the 1980s when we had one of these budget crunches and made the decision to close a couple of academic departments,” including geography, Coleman said. “Everybody thought there wasn’t any future in geography and then GPS [Global Positioning System] came along with all sorts of new things. Now it’s a very robust discipline. Anybody looking back now would think that decision was silly. So we are very careful; reducing languages for us would be a very serious decision.” IE
CHRISTOPHER CONNELL is a veteran Washington, D.C. education writer and author of NAFSA’s annual Internationalizing the Campus reports.
Senior Xiaoxiao Liu from Bejing completed three majors.
International Institute Director Kenneth Kollman is looking to foundations for help in the wake of Title VI area studies funding cuts.