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CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT 

| East Carolina University

Leibowitz says one of her biggest challenges is coordinating the
master schedule. For the 2015-2016 academic year, ECU offered
37 sections of the Global Understanding courses. "We have to
take into consideration time zones, different academic calendars,
different holidays, and different class days," Leibowitz says.
ECU has also created a community among its partners by
instituting an umbrella organization, Global Partners in Education
(GPE). Every year, a partner institution hosts an annual conference, which involves networking, presentations on best practices,
opportunities to learn about the host institution and country, a
review of the previous year, and setting future goals.
"The conference is an opportunity for partners to meet, learn
about each other, and open conversations on activities that they
can do with each other," Leibowitz says.
For many partners, participating in Global Understanding
creates international experiences for students who are unable
to travel. According to Cajetan Nnaocha, a Nigerian professor
teaching at the University of The Gambia, Global Understanding
was the first time his students were able to engage in cultural
exchanges. "Most of them were for the first time interacting with
white students," he says, adding that another significant benefit of
the program was learning information technology skills.
Other partners see it as a significant part of their own "internationalization at home." "Offering GU has given us a great
opportunity to bring direct intercultural experiences to more
students," says Kathrin Ullrich, head of international programs at
Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico. 

Changing What It Means to Be International
According to Leibowitz, the impact of the GU program has been
felt across campus: "We're changing the attitude on campus about
what it means to be internationalized, and that you don't have to
necessarily offer a summer study abroad trip for your class to be
international."
GAI is working to extend the initiative beyond the classroom
to reach even more students. This fall ECU will pilot a student
organization, WorldWise, with four partners. Each month,
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students will link with an international partner to engage in a
cocurricular collaborative activity on a common theme.
Provost Ron Mitchelson says that Global Understanding has
been an effective way to promote comprehensive internationalization. "It really has provided a marquee program that elevates
interest and administrative awareness across the campus. This
program is sort of priming the pump and getting folks energized
about opportunities," he explains.
Vice President of Academic Success Chris Locklear says ECU
is also currently looking at ways to capitalize upon the existing GU
partnerships for recruitment purposes: "We want to increase our
international presence on campus. We have around 529 international students on campus right now. We hope to grow that to
1,500 over a five-year period."
Part of ECU's ability to expand its partnerships includes closer
future collaboration between Global Academic Initiatives and
the Office of International Affairs, which manages international
student services and study abroad, under a global affairs umbrella. 
GAI recently launched its first course with a travel component. Working with a language teacher at Shimane University,
an ECU faculty member led an ethnic studies course focused on
culture in Vietnam and Japan that culminated with ECU students
meeting their Japanese peers for a service-learning trip to Vietnam.
"As a nontraditional student, I have worked full time as a certified nursing assistant," says anthropology major Sara Heath, one
of 13 participants to travel to Vietnam. "Because I have paid for
my own education, it was never possible for me to take off for a
summer program or a semester-long study abroad. This two-week
experience was perfect for my situation."
Leibowitz hopes that in the future ECU is able to offer more
courses that integrate the virtual component with study abroad. "I
think that it will just be a natural that some of these courses have
a mobility component," she says. "You can connect and continue
those relationships you develop when you're abroad and establish
some relationships before you go to enhance the on-the-ground
activity. We're actually really excited about that, especially in terms
of comprehensive internationalization." ■

PATRICIA CLARK

ECU students and students from University of Shimane performing at a local school in Hamada, Japan



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
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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
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Global Spotlight: Middle East
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Quick Questions
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - High Tech, High Engagement
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Principled, Pragmatic, Impactful
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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 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - International Student Affair
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Partnering
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - A View From Out Here
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Forum
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