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CAMPUS PROFILE 

(USF) hosted the first UT-USF International Conference on José
Martí, a nineteenth-century political activist and man of letters who
was instrumental in the Cuban fight for independence from Spain.
During the conference, UT was inaugurated as the first U.S. affiliate
of the Center for José Martí Studies (Centro de Estudios Martianos), a
research institution in Havana that promotes Martí's work.
Professors Denis Rey and James Lopez have taken the lead in
establishing the academic partnership between the two institutions. They have been leading travel courses to Cuba since 2009,
when U.S. President Barack Obama lifted restrictions for educational travel.
Rey and Lopez currently offer an honors course, "Cuba and
the U.S.: Then and Now," which examines U.S.-Cuba relations
throughout the twentieth century. Rey says that his students have

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the opportunity to visit the Center for José Martí Studies. "What's
unique about our course is it's one of very limited opportunities
that U.S. students have to hear the Cuban perspective," he explains.
Rey adds that the relationship with the Center for José Martí
Studies has been instrumental in closely linking UT with a wider
network of Cuban institutions. "In regards to the University
of Havana, there exists mutual interest in fostering greater ties
between the two institutions," he says.
Senior Benjamin White traveled to Cuba with Rey and Lopez
in January 2013. "Cuba is a nation that not many Americans have
had the opportunity of visiting. It was a very good experience
to have another perspective. It adds a layer to your thinking and
analysis, and an understanding of the complexity of the negotiations that are occurring right now," he says.

Lessons Learned
Internationalization is never finished.
The University of Tampa created a quality
enhancement plan (QEP) focused on
internationalization as part of its 2005
accreditation process. However, Provost
David Stern was surprised when he
heard comments that they were done
with internationalization because the
accreditation process was over. "We're not
just going to sustain what we've already
accomplished. We're going to do more," he
says.

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Widen stakeholders beyond the campus.
UT sees its global engagement as a "hub
and spoke model" where the campus
serves as the strategic hub for many
international community partnerships. For
example, UT was part of the Tampa mayor's
benchmarking mission to South Dublin,
Ireland, to sign a sister cities agreement.
From this, UT partnered with two top-ranked
universities in Ireland for student and faculty
exchange. President Ronald L. Vaughn has
also been involved with local economic
organizations such as the Tampa Bay Trade
and Protocol Council.

Engage students early. This fall UT will be
launching two study abroad initiatives aimed
at freshmen. Biologist Mason Meers, coleader
of a freshman program to Costa Rica, says
the freshman initiatives recognize that
international experiences can sometimes
inspire students to revamp their plans.
"We have so many great opportunities for
education abroad here at UT, but a lot of our
students don't get involved until relatively
late in their college careers," he says. "They
would have been much better served if they
had latched on to what they really want to
do earlier on."



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2017

From the Editor
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Middle East
Quick Questions
High Tech, High Engagement
Principled, Pragmatic, Impactful
What Happens to Study Abroad Students
Campus Profi le: Internationalization at the University of Tampa
Campus Spotlight: Internationalization at East Carolina University
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
International Student Affair
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 1
International Educator - May/June 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 3
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Frontlines
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 5
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 6
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 7
International Educator - May/June 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 9
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 10
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 11
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 12
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 13
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Global Spotlight: Middle East
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 15
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Quick Questions
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 17
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 18
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 19
International Educator - May/June 2017 - High Tech, High Engagement
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - 29
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Principled, Pragmatic, Impactful
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - What Happens to Study Abroad Students
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Campus Profi le: Internationalization at the University of Tampa
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Campus Spotlight: Internationalization at East Carolina University
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - 63
International Educator - May/June 2017 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - 66
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 67
International Educator - May/June 2017 - International Student Affair
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - 70
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 71
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Partnering
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - 75
International Educator - May/June 2017 - A View From Out Here
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - 78
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Forum
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