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New
Windows
on the
World
By Christopher Connell

THE RESPONSE WAS STUNNING. Vas Taras was looking for just one professor and one
class at a university overseas to collaborate with on a new international business course he
was designing for his students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
in 2010. He sent out a feeler on a listserv of the Academy of International Business. When he checked his e-mail from home that evening, he found "dozens of
replies from around the world."
Taras ran with it. That fall, he and a half-dozen other
business faculty from universities in Japan, Lithuania,
Pakistan, Poland, Slovakia, and Turkey had 460 students
working on 125 multinational teams designing mock
plans for multinational corporations to expand into new
markets. They called it the X-Culture Project.
Today upwards of 2,500 undergraduate and master's
students from almost 100 universities in 43 countries
on six continents participate each semester in drawing
up global business plans. In teams of seven or eight, the
students communicate in English using such free, online
tools as Google Docs, Dropbox, Facebook Groups, GoToMeeting, Prezi, Skype, and video chat, and the project
has attracted sponsorship from real companies such as
Mercedes Benz and Home Depot.
"A project like this wouldn't have been possible five years
ago," said the Ukrainian-born Taras. "Now it's very easy."
Inexpensive and rapidly improving technology has put
such virtual collaborations within reach of students and
scholars almost everywhere and opened a new frontier in
internationalization. No longer are collaborations limited to
universities with high-tech classrooms furnished with pricey
cameras, computers, and sound equipment that partners,
especially in less developed countries, struggled to match.
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Today's connections are driven less by gear
and more by the passion to internationalize
coupled to inexpensive software.
Still, in many cases, this remains largely
the province of individual faculty members
determined to bring the world into their
courses and classrooms, not across entire institutions and curricula. Like education abroad,
only a small number of students currently reap
the benefits and get to collaborate from a distance with peers in other parts of the world.
"It's in a development phase for sure," said Hans
de Wit, director of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at Università Cattolica del
Sacro Cuore in Milan, professor at the Amsterdam
University of Applied Sciences, and editor emeritus
of the Journal of Studies in International Education.
"It will take quite some time before it becomes embedded in the curriculum, but there are positive signs. People
gradually are becoming aware of the new opportunities
that are there."
Taras' X-Culture Project is a triumph of grassroots
internationalization, run on what he calls the "pure enthusiasm" of the dozens of professors who have made this



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International Educator - May/June 2014
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Front Lines
In Brief
New Windows on the World
Green River Community College Attracts International Students at an Early Age
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Internationalization Leadership
Partnering
View From Out Here
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