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CAMPUS PROFILE 

| University of Massachussetts Boston

Embracing the
Urban Context

A Systems Approach to Internationalization
One of the first things Langley did when he became provost in 2009,
after more than two decades serving UMass Boston in a variety of
other academic and administrative positions, was to establish the
Office of Global Programs. Global Programs currently manages all
internationalization efforts at UMass Boston under the leadership
of Schuyler S. Korban, who came on board in 2013.
The Office of Global Programs has become the campus internationalization hub under Korban's leadership as vice provost. Global
Programs oversees a wide portfolio, including international student
and scholar services, education abroad, exchange partnerships, an
international visiting scholar academy, international internships, and
a Confucius Institute, among others.
Robyn Hannigan, dean of the School for the Environment, has
seen a huge change in terms of internationalization at UMass Boston
in the seven years she's been at the institution: "Since Schuyler has
come on board, there has been a culture shift where what the faculty
are doing (with international opportunities) is not only appreciated,
but it's expected and it's merited. Our provost and our chancellor
are fully aware when we've travelled abroad."
Korban says he draws on his academic background as a molecular biologist in his approach to internationalization. "We think in
terms of systems, so I look at internationalization as a system. I'm
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Political scientist Maria Ivanova
led an environmental diplomacy
institute in Ethiopia last year

Vice Provost of Global Programs
Schuyler Korban takes a "systems
approach to internationalization"
due to his background as a
molecular biologist

interested in expanding our network and along with the expansion
of that network, identifying nodes of strength in terms of our partnerships overseas," he explains.
One example of a "node of strength" is the Center for Governance
and Sustainability (CGS). Under the leadership of Robyn Hannigan
and Maria Ivanova, codirector of CGS, UMass Boston has received
an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship
(IGERT) grant from the National Science Foundation for its transdisciplinary program, Coasts and Communities. This grant, focusing
on international research in the Horn of Africa, has helped shape
internal campus development by promoting collaborations among
the McCormack Graduate School for Policy and Global Studies, the
College of Science and Mathematics, the School for the Environment, the College of Management, and the College of Liberal Arts.
Ivanova approached Korban about offering a short course in Ethiopia. "I said, 'Think about it in the bigger context. Let's think about
it as an opportunity to create something sustainable'," Korban says.
He gave Ivanova funding to establish a regional environmental
diplomacy institute that brought together representatives of the
Ethiopian ministries of foreign affairs and environment with parliamentarians, academics, and nongovernmental organizations. "We
shared our research findings about how countries are implementing
their obligations under international environmental conventions,"
Ivanova says.

Seed Funding to
Increase International Engagement
One of Korban's first initiatives as vice provost of global programs
was to launch a competitive seed grant program that supports internationalization of teaching, research, and outreach. In total, the
Office of Global Programs has dedicated $150,000 to the initiative.
"The idea is to support faculty who are interested in internationalizing education, research, and service. As a result, our faculty-led
programs have increased. Then, in turn, they develop these new

CHARLOTTE WEST

Chancellor Motley and Provost
Winston E. Langley view UMass
Boston's profile as an urban public research institution as central
to its global vision. The university's mission statement, which
was revised in 2010 as part of its
strategic plan, explicitly links the Provost Winston E. Langley sees
as central to
urban and the global: "The Uni- internationalization
UMass Boston's role as a public,
versity of Massachusetts Boston urban research institution
is a public research university
with a dynamic culture of teaching and learning, and a special commitment to urban and global engagement."
According to Langley, the goal is to make UMass Boston the
most cosmopolitan public urban research university in the United
States. "By cosmopolitan, we mean that our students upon graduating should be able to live, thrive, and establish their social well-being
any place on earth and do so with cultural ease. If our students are
going to be citizens, not just occupants, of that society, they must be
actively engaged and must be capable of crossing cultural cleavages
and borders with facility," he says.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 1
International Educator - January/February 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 5
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Voices
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Act Globally
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Tradition and History
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Health and Insurance
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - View From Out Here
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